The components of Criminal Justice offerings consist of theory, research, criminal law, law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice. To major in criminal justice, a student must complete 30 semester hours of upper division criminal justice courses, including CCJ 3117, CCJ 4700, CCJ 3718, CCJ 4932, CJE 4065, CJL 3510, and CJL 4012. Students must master CCJ 2010 Introduction To Criminal Justice before taking upper level courses. It is expected that these 18 semester credit hours of core courses will be taken at Florida A&M University. The additional 9 semester hours are to be taken from a single substantive area. Students may choose from the substantive areas of: (1) legal studies, (2) minority and gender studies, (3) juvenile justice, or (4) corrections. Internships are available for students to acquire experience in their chosen field of study. The internship is optional, but students are strongly encouraged to arrange their schedules so that they can complete an internship before they graduate. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in agencies throughout the criminal justice system or enter graduate or law school. A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the major.
A minor is required for Criminal Justice majors. The minor requires 18 credit hours of course work in an approved non-criminal justice/juvenile justice field. The curriculum for the minor follows the requirements specified by the minor field. A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the minor requirements. Most students who major in Criminal Justice choose to minor in sociology or anthropology.
A minor in Criminal Justice for non-majors requires 18 credit hours in criminal justice courses. Students must take CCJ 2010 Introduction To Criminal Justice and 15 upper level credit hours of electives in criminal justice. A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.
A minor in Juvenile Justice is restricted to non-CJ majors. It requires 18 credit hours in selected criminal/juvenile justice courses. Students must take CJJ 3501, CJJ 3544, CJJ 3545, CCJ 4933, CCJ 4939, CCJ 3503 or CJC 4164. A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.
The Juvenile Justice Role Model Development Program is a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach to the study of Juvenile Justice. The Florida A&M Role Model Program offers both a concentration and certification in juvenile justice. It is designed for both Criminal Justice majors (those majors who complete the substantive area nine credit hours requirement in the area of juvenile justice) and others who may choose to earn a certificate. The Program’s mission is to provide a pool of professionals in the area of Juvenile Justice who are uniquely trained, culturally aware, and committed to serving as role models and mentors in prevention, intervention, and redirection programs throughout the state and nation. The program also offers field placements in working with juveniles.
The Juvenile Justice concentration for criminal justice majors includes nine hours of course work in juvenile justice: CJJ 3010, CJJ 3544, and CJJ 3545. For non-criminal justice majors who would like to minor in Juvenile Justice, 18 credit hours are required. See minor requirements for non-CJ majors. Each student will be required to mentor an at-risk youth. Note: students who major in Criminal Justice cannot minor in Juvenile Justice.