Criminal Justice B.A.

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at Nevada State College provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge in the criminal justice system while incorporating the emerging discipline of social justice and comparative criminal justice systems. The program provides a richly-interactive, high-quality learning experience, enabling students to become independent thinkers who can apply their knowledge and skills to understand the complex nature of crime causation and reactions to criminal activity. In addition, NSC's BACJ program adds a modern element to the traditional study of criminal justice by incorporating into core and elective courses social justice issues and an emphasis on working with, and giving back to, the local community. The knowledge acquired in the BACJ program will assist students in seeking employment in the field of criminal justice and also provide a solid foundation of knowledge for those students who wish to attend a graduate program in the discipline.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic structures and functions of the American Criminal Justice system.
  • Explain major concepts and competing theoretical perspectives in criminology and social justice including sociological understandings of crime, criminal behavior, social control, and deviance.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods and statistical techniques used in criminal justice and criminology.
  • Identify ethical and social justice issues impacting the criminal justice system.


Recommended Schedule

A recommended course sequence for Criminal Justice B.A. is provided for students as guidance to complete their major in four years.

College Core Curriculum (31-45)

English (3-8 credits)

Refer to the English section of the Core Curriculum

Study and Technology Skills (0-3 credits)

Refer to the Study and Technology Skills section of the Core Curriculum

Mathematics (3-5 credits)

Refer to the Mathematics section of the Core Curriculum

Fine Arts (3 credits)

Refer to the Fine Arts section of the Core Curriculum

Natural Sciences (7-8 credits)

Refer to the Natural Science section of the Core Curriculum

Social Sciences (3 credits)

Refer to the Social Sciences section section of the Core Curriculum.

Humanities (6 credits)

Refer to the Humanities section of the Curriculum

Constitution (3-6 credits)

Refer to the Constitution section of the Core Curriculum

Cultural Diversity (3 credits)

Refer to the Cultural Diversity section of the Core Curriculum

Major Requirements (42)

Required Classes (24 credits)

CRJ 104Introduction to Administration of Justice


CRJ 200Social Justice


CRJ 222Criminal Law & Procedures


CRJ 270Criminology


CRJ 301Research Methods in Criminal Justice


CRJ 302Quantitative Applications in Criminal Justice


CRJ 411Comparative Criminal Justice Systems


Select one course from the following:
CRJ 450Seminar in Criminal Justice


CRJ 491Internship in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice Electives (18 credits)

Select 18 total units from the following categories; any combination of classes from these two categories can be used:
Criminal Justice Electives
CRJ 299Special Topics


CRJ 321Immigration and Justice


CRJ 326Vice, Drugs, and the Law


CRJ 409Youth, Crime, and Society


CRJ 419Law and Society


CRJ 429Gender and Crime


CRJ 438Social Inequality and Crime


CRJ 444Criminological Theory


CRJ 463Victimology


CRJ 480Special Topics in Law and Social Control


Summary of credit requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Core Curriculum


Major Requirements


Electives (at least 21 credits must be upper division)


Total Credits