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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science

Program Overview

A Commanding Presence – This well-respected program is the largest and most established criminal justice program in Hawai`i. The program is designed to prepare the undergraduate student for entry into a number of career positions in administration, criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement, and public safety, including positions at the federal, state and local level.

Be a Leader – Having the largest and oldest criminal justice program in Hawai`i has helped to establish Chaminade University of Honolulu as a well-respected and trusted source for an education in criminal justice.

Academics and Internships – Our undergraduate curriculum is based on direct correspondence with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Course offerings include interactive crime scene investigation and comprehensive law courses. Internships through various agencies allow students to gain firsthand knowledge in the criminal justice area.

Immersion Learning Experiences – The Criminal Justice Program at Chaminade encourages hands-on experiences. In our crime scene reenactments, students learn by immersing themselves in various situations which they will encounter in their careers, such as: securing the crime scene, interviewing witnesses, and properly collecting evidence.

Hawai`i weather is ideal for outdoor fieldwork, which includes an opportunity to be involved in an underwater evidence recovery elective.

Throughout many of our elective, undergraduate courses, students may be joined by active police officers, members of the armed forces, and government agents learning new skills.

As all of these careers depend upon good writing skills to successfully communicate and document cases, there is also an emphasis on writing.

B.S. Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice will demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. the basic complexities of the American criminal justice system,
  2. race, gender, social class, and the causes of crime;
  3. criminal justice research, and;
  4. basic techniques of crimes scene investigation and the law of evidence.
Degree Requirements

Pre-Major Requirements

  • CJ 151 Criminal Justice Systems
  • CJ 201 Foundations in Criminology
  • CJ 220 Criminal Investigation
  • CJ 223 Introduction to Law
  • CJ 270 Supervision & Management
  • CJ 291 Juvenile Justice System

Major Requirements

  • CJ 315 Behavioral Sciences Statistics
  • CJ 321 Research Methods
  • CJ 375 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 423 Criminal Law
  • CJ 424 Criminal Procedures
  • CJ 432 Law Enforcement
  • CJ 451 Corrections: Prisons and Community Alternatives
  • CJ 490 Seminar in Criminal Justice Agencies
  • CJ 491 Juvenile Deviancy and Juvenile Justice

 Capstone

  • CJ 332 or RE 332 Ethics and Criminal Justice

Major Electives

Students must complete one of the following:

  • PSY 321 Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 424 Abnormal Psychology
  • SO 401 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 407 Society and Mental Disorders

Minor Requirements

Students must complete the following courses:

  • CJ 151 Criminal Justice Systems
  • CJ 201 Foundations in Criminology
  • CJ 315 Behavioral Sciences Statistics
  • A minimum of 12 additional hours of upper division Criminology and Criminal Justice courses.

Federal Law Enforcement Recommended Courses

Federal law enforcement agencies are more specialized than other law enforcement agencies in their recruitment requirements. Hence, students interested in pursuing a career in federal law enforcement should consider elective courses in business, including the following courses:

  • AC 201 Principles of Accounting I
  • AC 202 Principles of Accounting II
  • AC 306 Tax Concepts
  • FIN 301 Principles of Finance
  • BU 362 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business

A.S. Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

Chaminade University’s Associate of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice requires the completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (C) for all coursework completed at Chaminade. The degree also requires completion of the general education core. At least 15 semester hours of coursework must be completed at Chaminade. Upon completion of the Criminal Justice Associate Degree students will demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. the basic complexities of the American criminal justice system;
  2. race, gender, and social class and the causes of crime;
  3. criminal justice research; and
  4. basic techniques of crime scene investigation and the law of evidence.
Degree Requirements
  • CJ 151 Criminal Justice Systems
  • CJ 201 Foundations in Criminology
  • CJ 220 Criminal Investigation
  • CJ 223 Introduction to Law
  • CJ 270 Supervision and Management
  • CJ 291 Juvenile Justice System

At least 9 semester hours of coursework must be completed at Chaminade.

PACE Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

Criminology and criminal justice professionals work in a variety of positions, both with the public and behind the scenes. This program offers a foundation in criminal law, legal procedures, and evidence. Graduates of this program may pursue career opportunities in a variety of entry-level positions, including administration, probation, public safety, corrections, and the court systems at the federal, state, and local level.

Graduates of the Criminology and Criminal Justice program who would like to pursue graduate studies will be prepared to enter Chaminade University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA). 80% of the officers in the Honolulu Police Department with a rank of lieutenant or higher have a master’s degree in criminal justice. Our Pre-law Track provides students with coursework to prepare for entry into law school.

Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework.
  • Completion of general education courses required for all bachelor’s degrees.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (for all work completed at Chaminade).
  • Minimum of 45 credit hours must be upper division coursework.
  • At least half of the required upper division courses must be completed at Chaminade.

Required Coursework

Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable), and major requirements.

General Education Requirements

Pre-Major Requirements

  • CJ 151 Criminal Justice Systems
  • CJ 201 Foundations in Criminology
  • CJ 220 Criminal Investigation
  • CJ 223 Introduction to Law
  • CJ 270 Supervision and Management
  • CJ 291 Juvenile Justice System

Major Requirements

  • CJ 315 Behavioral Sciences Statistics
  • CJ 321 Research Methods
  • CJ 375 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 423 Criminal Law
  • CJ 424 Criminal Procedures
  • CJ 432 Law Enforcement
  • CJ 451 Corrections: Prisons and Community Alternatives
  • CJ 490 Seminar in Criminal Justice Agencies
  • CJ 491 Juvenile Deviancy and Juvenile Justice
  • CCJ Sociology/Psychology Requirement (One of the following: PSY-321, PSY-424, SO-401, or SO-407)

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree from Chaminade in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to prepare you for a successful career in criminology & criminal justice. Some examples of occupations include:

  • ATF Agent
  • CIA Agent
  • Customs Agent
  • DEA Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • INS Agent
  • Secret Service
  • US Marshall
  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Criminologist
  • Criminalist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Police Detective
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Sheriff

Federal Careers: Many students desire a career at the federal level with agencies such as the FBI and Secret Service. We offer a unique undergraduate track with a minor for federal employment, which includes courses in business, accounting, and computer science to ensure your preparedness for a career at the federal level.

Law Enforcement Administration Careers: Although a college degree is not required for most entry-level positions in law enforcement, candidates interested in furthering their career will need the advantage of a university education. 80% of the officers in the Honolulu Police Department with a rank of lieutenant or higher have a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Pre-Law Track: Our Pre-Law Track provides students with coursework to prepare for entry into law school.