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Criminal Justice Major

To complete the requirements for graduation with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, students must fulfill the general education requirements. While most courses taken at accredited colleges and universities are transferable for full credit, only four courses will be considered toward criminal justice major programs. Students should take at least two-thirds of the credits constituting their major from Grand Valley State University. When consulting the course catalog for requirements select the catalog year you started at GVSU. 

Students majoring in criminal justice or in legal studies may earn either a B.A. or a B.S. degree. The B.A. degree requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language; the B.S. degree requires the completion of STA 215, CJ 300, and CJ 400.

Effective for students entering Grand Valley State University during the 2009 academic year or later, the following requirements in place. For students enrolled under previous catalog years, you should check the requirements by going to the following catalog listing.

Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. A minimum of 39 credits is required. All majors must take the following nine courses (27 credit hours): CJ 101, 201, 305, 312, 330, 340, 350, 482, and 495. In addition, majors must select 12 credit hours of electives from criminal justice courses (not including the Police Academy courses, CJ 415, 416, 417, 418, and 419).

Students planning on enrolling in the Grand Valley Police Academy should see the checklist requirements and meet with an academic advisor

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