May 31, 2020  
Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, B.S.

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Christine Shane Marcel Beausoleil    
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Randall Grometstein
Marcel Beausoleil
Lilian Bobea John Colautti
Richard Wiebe
Deon Brock
Philip McCormack  
  Elizabeth Walsh    
  David Weiss    

Objectives for the Major in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Major provides students with courses which lead to a Bachelor of Science Degree and provides a foundation for employment in the Criminal Justice field and graduate work. The program is PCIPP approved.

Requirements for the Criminal Justice Major

The Criminal Justice Program requires every major to complete 48 credits of CJ requirements and a minimum of 120 credits for the degree. These include core CJ required courses (24 credits), additional CJ required courses (9 credits) and CJ electives (15 credits). Specific courses are also required in Liberal Arts and Sciences (12 credits).

Core Requirements (24 credits)

Elective Credits

The Criminal Justice program requires the CJ Major to complete 15 credits of CJ elective credits, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor; such courses may be chosen from any course with a CJ prefix or other approved Criminal Justice electives.


Selected topics courses in these disciplines, Human Services, Political Science, and Sociology, may be allowable with the permission of your advisor. Criminal Justice electives from other colleges may be accepted as electives if approved by the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.

*Introduction to Criminal Justice is a pre-requisite for this course.

+ Course used to satisfy Junior/Senior Writing, and Speaking and Listening and Computer Literacy requirements.

LAS Requirements for the Criminal Justice Major

As part of their Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements, all students in the Criminal Justice Major must complete 12 required credits:


Other Liberal Arts and Sciences courses are required as part of the degree. It is the student’s responsibility to fulfill accurately and completely all Liberal Arts and Sciences and program requirements. Each student is assigned an academic advisor to assist with this process.

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