Criminal Justice Special Major Requirements

BLS Special Major in Criminal Justice*

The special major in Criminal Justice is exclusive to students earning the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) Degree and requires a maximum of 45 credits overall. The major includes up to 15 transfer credits in Administration of Justice (ADJ) from the Virginia Community College System. Students in this special major will take an additional 30 credits at UMW to complete all requirements. To earn a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree all students must earn a total of 120 overall credits. If you are not enrolled in the BLS degree program you cannot declare this major.

VCCS Transfer Courses (15 credits from the following courses)

ADJ 133 – Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional

ADJ 201 – Criminology I

ADJ 211 – Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I

ADJ 212 – Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II

ADJ 236 – Principles of Criminal Investigation


Required courses at UMW (12 credits)

BLST 499 or BLST 491 – Internship or an approved individual study (capstone)

Psychology 100 – General Psychology

Sociology 155 – Social Issues

Sociology 352 – Criminology [prerequisite: Sociology 155]


Elective courses at UMW (18 credits required minimally; maximum of 2 courses from 100-200 level)

CIST: 299 Intro to Computer Info Systems

CIST 301: Business Info Systems

CIST 441: Network Security & Cryptography

CIST 443: Computer Forensics

Geography 102 –Introduction to Human Geography

Geography 250 or GISC 200 –Geographic Information Systems/Cartography (4 credits)

Geography 351 or GISC 351 –Spatial Analysis with GIS (4 credits) [prerequisite GEOG 250 or GISC 200]

MIST 201: Management Info Systems

MIST 411 Information Security

MIST 444: Ethical Hacking

Philosophy 160 –Introduction to Ethics

Philosophy 225 –Practical Ethics

Political Science 202 –American Public Policy

Political Science 332 –Metropolitan Problems

Psychology 301 –Social Psychology

Psychology 311 –Abnormal Psychology

Psychology 322 –Mentoring Children at Risk

Sociology 304 –Social Stratification

Sociology 313 –Urban Sociology

Sociology 332 –Introduction to Social Welfare

Sociology 351 –Juvenile Delinquency

Sociology 415 –Sociology of Law

Sociology 421 –Racial and Ethnic Relations

** Additional Interdisciplinary Topics courses can be approved by the Program Director **

Please note prerequisite requirements for:

Political Science Courses: PSCI 101 & 102

Psychology Courses: PSYC 100

Sociology Courses: SOCG 105 &/or 155

*The Bachelor of Liberal Studies Student Designed Special Majors

BLS students with special interests or who desire a major program that is not offered at UMW, may work with a faculty advisor to design a special major. This option allows a student to develop a major by selecting credits from at least two different academic disciplines that combine to form a coherent academic concentration. Special majors allow students to incorporate transfer credit from their previous colleges and universities with courses at UMW and design a major that suits their interests and needs. It is expected that students entering the BLS program will have many general education requirements completed through transfer credit.