Computer Science and Criminal Justice, BS

For students interested in criminal justice in an increasingly digital world, the computer science and criminal justice combined degree offers a strong programming foundation coupled with academic and experiential knowledge of the criminal justice system. Students will learn the principles, practices, and responsibilities of criminal justice professionals alongside the computer science skills necessary for practical applications in the field.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for CCIS Co-op1
or CRIM 2000 Co-op Integration Seminar 1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in computer science fundamental courses:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete 16 credits of upper-division CS, IS, or DS courses that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:16
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900

Criminal Justice Courses

Criminal Justice Required Courses
CRIM 1100Introduction to Criminal Justice4
CRIM 2100Criminal Due Process4
CRIM 2200Criminology4
CRIM 3600Criminal Justice Research Methods4
CRIM 3700Criminal Justice Statistics4
Criminal Justice Required Capstone
CRIM 4949Senior Capstone Seminar4
Thematic Elective
Complete one course from the following:4
The Death Penalty
Human Trafficking
Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
Crime, Media, and Politics
Survey Elective
Complete one course from the following:4
Criminal Violence
Global Criminology
Psychology of Crime
Organized Crime
Criminal Law
Youth Crime and Justice
Punishment in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Corporate Security: Securing the Private Sector
Policing a Democratic Society
System-Wide Elective
Complete one course from the following:4
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Criminal Justice Elective
Complete one additional CRIM elective.4

Integrative Course Requirement

Complete one course from the following:4
Crime Prevention
Political Crime and Terrorism
Crime Mapping
Advanced Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Supporting Course

Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Computers and Society
Environment, Technology, and Society
The 21st-Century Workplace
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Technology and Human Values
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks

Computer Science English Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one of the following:
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete seven general electives.28

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
    
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
    
  • Analyzing and Using Data
    
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Writing in the First Year
    
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
    
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
    
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone
    

 Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, 2 Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 32004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5IS 20004CS 35004 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CRIM 21004  
CRIM 11004CRIM 22004  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1210 or CRIM 20001Co-opCo-opENGW 3302, 3308, or 33154
CS 30004  Elective4
CRIM 36004   
CJ thematic elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS elective 14Co-opCo-opElective4
CRIM 37004  Elective4
CJ survey elective4   
CS elective 24   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
CS elective 34CS elective 44Elective 4 
CJ system-wide elective4CRIM 49494Elective4 
CJ elective4Elective4  
Computing and social issues4CJ integrative course4  
 16 16 8 
Total Hours: 134

 Five Years, 3 Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5VacationVacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5IS 20004  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CRIM 21004  
CRIM 11004CRIM 22004  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1210 or CRIM 20001Co-opCo-opVacation
CS 30004   
CS 32004   
CS 35004   
CRIM 36004   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CRIM 37004Co-opCo-opENGW 3302, 3308, or 33154
CS elective 14  Elective4
CJ thematic elective4   
CJ survey elective4   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS elective 24Co-opCo-opElective4
CJ system-wide elective4  Elective4
Elective4   
Computing and social issues4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CJ integrative course4CS elective 44  
CJ elective4CRIM 49494  
Elective4Elective4  
CS elective 34Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134