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Research paper guidelines and manual

Writing plan

Writing is a process that requires the development of research and critical thinking skills. Students who wish to pursue careers in the criminal justice system must be able to speak and write clearly and effectively, analyze and solve problems, observe events and behavior and report their observations accurately, and work cooperatively with others. To properly meet these objectives, writing is imperative.

Course resources


Every Criminal Justice major has the opportunity to design his or her own individualized program that best meets his or her needs and interests. All Criminal Justice students take the same core courses, but the possible combinations of electives are limited only by each student’s imagination, initiative, and schedule. Criminal Justice minors take three core courses and choose from only CRJ designated electives.

Minors and double majors

Because criminal justice is a multidisciplinary major, many students use some of their 21 hours of major electives toward a second major or a minor. Students are permitted to have two majors and one minor or one major and two minors.


No one pre-law major guarantees entry into law school or ensures competent performance in law studies. Criminal justice, with its interdisciplinary approach, is a good choice for students preparing for law school because it stresses breadth of knowledge and intellectual flexibility. 

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