Feb 04, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin Archived

Criminal Justice, B.A.

Students who major in criminal justice may choose the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science. The B.A. requires 36 semester hours of coursework that includes a minimum of 30 advanced (300 and/or 400 level) criminal justice credit hours. All majors are advised to choose elective courses related to specific career interests in their chosen field of criminal justice.

In addition to the requirements for the criminal justice major, students must complete the required university and college core requirements. As of fall 2016, those requirements include an approved minor consisting of 18 to 24 credit hours from any academic program offering a minor course of study.

All criminal justice courses must have a reported grade of a C or better to be credited toward the major.

1. University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

C. Life and Physical Sciences

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Sciences

I. Component Area Option

2. Foundation of Knowledge

See College of Liberal and Applied Arts Bachelor of Arts for Liberal and Applied Arts, B.A.  requirements for Foundation of Knowledge course listing. Course selections specific to major to be discussed with advisor.

3. Program Courses

4. Additional Degree Requirements

See College of Liberal and Applied Arts Bachelor of Arts for Liberal and Applied Arts, B.A.  requirements for additional degree requirements. To be discussed with advisor.

5. Hours needed to total 120

To be discussed with advisor.

Double-dipping Rule

Double-dipping is using the same course to fulfill two different requirements in a degree plan. Normally, students may not double-dip more than six to seven hours across their degree plan. Anything beyond that must be approved by the dean.

Writing Requirement

All students completing a degree program in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts must meet the standards for writing in the discipline set by their major. Students should see their departmental advisor for those standards.

College Advanced Hours

A minimum of 33 hours of advanced coursework (courses numbered 3000-4999) is required.

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each freshman English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP).  Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

In-Residence Requirement

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25 percent semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements may also contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25 percent of total semester credit hours in-residence.

University Policy: http://www.sfasu.edu/policies/in-residence-requirement-6.15.pdf

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program.  See TSI information  elsewhere in this bulletin.