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The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University is pleased to offer a program allowing students completing the AA degree to transfer a maximum of 66 academic credit hours towards the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. The degree from SHSU requires a minimum of 120 hours. Courses listed as "upper division (300 or 400 course numbers)" must be completed at the senior institution. Upper division courses may not be transferred from a community college to the senior institution to satisfy baccalaureate requirements. With careful selection of electives, a student may attain an AA or AS degree while satisfying the first two years of the corresponding bachelors degree at Sam Houston State University.

24 hours of Criminal Justice courses, including 15 hours in AOC
See below for options

 

SHSU Required Courses:

SHSU required courses for a BA degree, College of Criminal Justice

 

SHSU Topic

Common Course

SHSU CJ Core

Hours

Introduction to CJ

CRIJ 1301

CJ 2361 (CJ 261)

3

Criminology

CRIJ 1307

CJ 2362 (CJ 262)

3

Fund. Of Criminal Law

CRIJ 1310

CJ 2364 (CJ 264)

3

Correctional Systems and Practices
CRIJ 2313 CJ 2365 (CJ 265)

3

Police Systems and Practices CRIJ 2328 CJ 2367 (CJ 267)

3

 
 

Total

15

*Degree requirements: CRIJ 3378 (CJ 378), CRIJ 4385 (CJ 485), CRIJ 4386(CJ486)                                                                                                                                            9
 

21 hours of CJ Electives with at least 18 hours advanced.

21

Total CJ hours

45

B.A. Specific Requirements:

 

 

 

Technical Writing (completed in residence) ENGL 3330 (ENG 330)   3
Advanced Statistics MATH 3379 (STA 379)   3

* Upper division courses (300 and 400 level) must be taken at SHSU or transferred from another university.

The extensive list of courses transferred by the College of Criminal Justice includes the following Field of Study Courses (FOS) mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Field of Study Courses

 

Texas Common Course Number

SHSU Course Number

Hours Credit

THECB COURSE TITLE

CRIJ 1301 **

CJ2361
(CJ261)

3

Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRIJ 1306    

CJ2394
(CJ294)

3

Court Systems & Practices

CRIJ 1310 **

CJ2364
(CJ264)

3

Fundamentals of Criminal Law

CRIJ 2313 **

CJ2365
(CJ265)

3

Correctional Systems & Practices

CRIJ 2328 **

CJ2367
(CJ267)

3

Police Systems & Practices

 

**SHSU requirements for a degree in criminal justice.

Criminal Justice B.A. Degree Specific Component

 

Technical Writing (Must Be Taken In Residence)  ENGL 3330 (ENG 330)                      3

Advanced Statistics                                              MATH 3379 (STA 379)                       3

 

Degrees require a minimum of 120 hours with 42 advanced hours (300 and 400 level courses).  Some degrees require additional hours.  All students are required to complete at least six writing enhanced courses accumulating a minimum, of 18 semester hours towards degree completion.  Six of the hours must come from the student’s major field of study.  SHSU students MUST complete ENG 164, ENG 165, Core Composite Area 2, and one-half of Composite Area 3 prior to enrollment in any upper-level class.  In general, the Bachelor of Arts degree requires 8 hours of lab science and the Bachelor of Science degree requires 8 hours of lab science and 15 hours of social sciences.  Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree should consult their major department web page for foreign language requirements.  Applicants for the Bachelors of Science degree should consult their major department web page for social science requirements. For more information on the Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice online, please visit http://www.cjcenter.org/online/programs/bs-cj.html. Many colleges and programs have additional prerequisites for upper-level classes. Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major.  Selection of major specified core courses may reduce the total number of hours required for graduation. Students are encouraged to select the university catalog http://www.shsu.edu/catalog/cj.html offering them the most advantages with respect to degree completion. The respective university and/or college catalog selected for graduation determines final degree requirements.

The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing six component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit-hour requirement and a set of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The chart below details the Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents that comprise SHSU's core curriculum.  Course requirements to meet the university foreign language component of the Bachelor of Arts degree have been included for convenience. 

Many departments require specific courses from core component areas to meet degree requirements. Selecting departmentally specified core courses to complete university core requirements reduces the total number of hours required to graduate.

Component Area 1 Communication
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

ENGL 1301

ENGL 1301 3

ENGL 1302

ENGL 1302 3

Component Area 2 Mathematics
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

MATH 1332 or 2312

or 2413 or 1316 or 1324
MATH 1332 (MTH 164) or MATH 1314 (MTH 170) or MATH 1420 (MTH 142) or MATH 1316 (MTH 163) or MATH 1324 (MTH199) 3

MATH 1350 & MATH 1351

(both required)   
MATH 1385 (MTH 184) & MATH 1385 (MTH 185) 6

Credit for MATH 1385 (MTH 184) & MATH 1385 (MTH 185) is applicable only towards elementary/middle school certification.

Updated Jan 20 2012
Component Area 3 Natural Science
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

Select two courses with Labs

 
8

BIOL 1308 & 1108

BIOL 1308 & 1108

 

BIOL 2306 & 2106 or 2406

BIOL 1301 & 1101

 

BIOL 1311 & 1111

BIOL 1311 & 1111

 

BIOL 1313 & 1113

BIOL 1313 & 1113

 

BIOL 2401

BIOL 2401

 

CHEM 1305 & 1105

CHEM 1306 & 1106

 

CHEM 1307 & 1107

CHEM 1307 & 1107

 

CHEM 1311 & 1111

CHEM 1311 & 1111

 

CHEM 1312 & 1112

CHEM 1312 & 1112

 
GEOL 1305 & 1105

GEOL 1305 & 1105

 

GEOL 1303 & 1103

GEOL 1303 & 1103

 

GEOL 1304 & 1104

GEOL 1304 & 1104

 

GEOG 1301

GEOG 1301 & Lab 1101
(lab required @ SHSU)
 

PHYS 1311 & 1111

PHYS 1311 & 1111

 

PHYS 1312 & 1112

PHYS 1312 & 1112 - subject to THECB approval

 

PHYS 1305 & 1105

PHYS 1305 & 1105

 

PHYS 1301 & 1101

PHYS 1301 & 1101

 

PHYS 1302 & 1102

PHYS 1302 & 1102

 
PHYS 2425 PHYS 1411  

Component Area 4 Humanities & Visual & Performing Arts
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit
Select 3 hrs from visual and performing arts:  
9

ARTS 1301

AGRI 2399

 

ARTS 1301

ARTS 1301

 

ARTS 1311

ARTS 1311

 

ARTS 1316

ARTS 1316

 

ARTS 1303

ARTS 1303

 

DANC 2303

DANC 1372

 

DANC 1301

DANC 1301

 

MUSI 1308

MUSI 2348

 

MUSI 1301

MUSI 1301

 

MUSI 1310

MUSI 2364

 

MUSI 1306

MUSI 1306

 

DRAM 1330

THEA 1330

 

DRAM 1351

THEA 1364

 

DRAM 1310

THEA 1366

 

DRAM 1341

THEA 2330

 

DRAM 2336

THEA 2336

 
Select 3 hours from Literature or Philosophy:    

ENGL 2331 or 2332

ENGL 2331

 

ENGL 2342

ENGL 2342

 

PHIL 1301

PHIL 2361

 

PHIL 2306

PHIL 2306

 
Select 3 hours from Cultural Studies:    

NO TCCN

BESL 2301

 

FREN, GERM, SPAN 2311/2312 (Sign and other languages may be substituted)

FOLG 2312- FREN, GERM, SPAN 2312

 

GEOG 1303

GEOG 2355

 

GEOG 1303

GEOG 2356

 

HIST 2311

HIST 2311

 

HIST 2312

HIST 2312

 

SOCI 2319

SOCI 2319

 

Component Area 5 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Common Course # SHSU Course   Credit
      15
      3

HIST 1301

HIST 1301

3
 

HIST 1302

HIST 1302

3

GOVT 2301 or 2306

POLS 2301

3
 

GOVT 2302 or 2305

POLS 2302

3
     
Select 3 hours from:      

SOCI 1301

AGRI 2360

3
 

ECON 1301

ECON 2300

 

ECON 2302

ECON 2302

 

ECON 2301

ECON 2301

 

GEOG 1300

GEOG 1321

 

PHIL 2303

PHIL 2303

 

PSYC 2301

PSYC 1301

 

PSYC 2315

PSYC 2315

 

SOCI 1301

SOCI 1301

 

SOCI 1306

SOCI 1306

 

NO TCCN Local Political Systems

POLS 2331

   

NO TCCN State Political Systems

POLS 2332

   

NO TCCN Politics of Ethnic Minorities and Gender

POLS 2335

   

NO TCCN Comparative Survey of World Political Systems

POLS 2365

   

NO TCCN Introduction to Public Administration

POLS 2366

 

NO TCCN American Foreign Policy

POLS 2381

   

Component Area 6 Institutionally Designated Option
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

Select 1 hour from:

 
PHED 1164 KIN 215

B.A. Foreign Language Component

 

language 1411

FOLG 1411
language 1412 FOLG 1412
language 2311 FOLG 2311
language 2312 FOLG 2312

Degrees require a minimum of 120 hours with 42 advanced hours (3000-level and 4000-level courses).  Some degrees require additional hours.  All students are required to complete at least six writing-enhanced courses accumulating a minimum of 18 semester hours towards degree completion.  Six of the hours must come from the student’s major field of study.  SHSU students MUST complete ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, Core Composite Area 2, and one-half of Composite Area 3 prior to enrollment in any upper-level class.  In general, the Bachelor of Arts degree requires 8 hours of lab science and the Bachelor of Science degree requires 16 hours of lab science.  Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree should consult their major department web page for foreign language requirements.  Many colleges and programs have additional prerequisites for upper-level classes.

Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major.  Selection of major-specified core courses may reduce the total number of hours required for graduation.

Students are encouraged to select the university catalog offering them the most advantages with respect to degree completion.  The respective university and/or college catalog selected for graduation determines final degree requirements.

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