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Criminal Justice Studies

Bachelor of Science

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The Criminal Justice Studies major introduces students to the fundamental foundations of criminal justice spanning from crime initiation to systems of punishment. Students will have the opportunity to take an in-depth look at mental health law, juvenile justice systems, police, court and corrections management and operations as well as a host of other options.  In addition, students will be exposed to traditional public administration courses that impart core skill sets such as leadership, ethics, public and nonprofit management, and formation of public policy.  Upon receipt of their degree students will be prepared to think critically in an increasingly complex and politicized society.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
English 101 3
Math 109 C or Math 112 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
English 102 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
PA 206 Public Policy and Admin 3
SGPP 300 B 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
POL 201, 202, 203 or 204 3
4th Semester
PA 200 Statistics 4
SGPP 300 A 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
PA 241 3
5th Semester
Econ 200 3
Crim Justice Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
Crim Justice Elective 3
Crim Justice Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Crim Justice Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
PA 410-Nonprofit Fin. Man 3
PA 330-Ethics 3
PA 470-Mang Public 3
PA 493 Internship 3
Minor 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of law and justice systems, operations and management of police, court, and corrections, criminal justice administration, national security, and public administration and policy, gained from a major in Criminal Justice Studies, provides graduates a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in law enforcement, immigration service and enforcement, judicial and justice systems, correctional and public services, and public administration and safety. This major is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate studies in public administration, or business administration. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Law enforcement including Police, Court, and Corrections
  • Research
  • Consulting and advising
  • Public administration
  • National and public safety
  • Human resources and services
  • Social and human services

Sample Employers

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Consulting and law firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Federal, state, and local prisons
  • Intelligence communities
  • U.S. Military
  • Social service and human right organizations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Parole Officer $31,200 - $47,800
Police Officer and Sheriff $32,100 - $54,200
Court Clerk $22,500 - $34,300
Human Rights Advocate $18,000 - $45,000
Lawyer/Criminal Lawyer $54,100 - $113,300
Paralegal/Legal Assistant $29,400 - $46,700
Social and Human Service Assistants $19,200 - $28,700
Probation Officer $31,200 - $47,800
Customs and Border Protection Officer $24,677 - $58,811
Correctional Officer $26,700 - $39,000
Pretrial Services Officer $31,200 - $47,800
Law Enforcement and Security Officer $40,365 - $55,725
Judicial Law Clerk $23,600 - $42,500
Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, Hearing Officer $40,300 - $85,200
Criminal Investigator $39,700 - $71,800
Criminologist $43,900 - $73,700
Federal and State Officials (legislators) $16,300 - $19,600
Legislative Assistant $30,000 - $45,000
Social and Community Service Managers $35,000 - $58,700