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Criminal Justice, B.S.

Requirements

Students in Criminal Justice may receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Law Enforcement Academy, an Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Humanities Social Sciences 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
  An Advanced Placement (AP) Mathematics Test with a score of 3 or higher  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 71 Credits
  CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  CJ 1300 Introduction to Corrections Process 3
  CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
  CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
  CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  CJ 1390 Introduction to Policing  3
  CJ 2330 Juvenile Justice 3
  CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  CJ 3270 Criminology 3
  CJ 3300 Victimology 3
  CJ 3400 Drugs and Crime 3
  CJ 4060 Special Problems in Criminal Justice 3
  CJ 4160 Constitutional Criminal Rights 3
  CJ 4200 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
  CJ 4250 Criminal Justice Career Strategies 2
  CJ 470G Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
  CJ 481R Internship 3
  CJ 4880 Qualitative Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
  CJ 4990 Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar 3
Complete 15 credits from the following Criminal Justice Electives (9 must be upper-division): 15
  CJ 1800 POST Module I (7.0)  
  CJ 1810 POST Module II (11.0)  
  CJ 2110 Security Management and Loss Prevention (3.0)  
  CJ 290R Law Society (must be taken for a maximum of 2 credits (1.0)  
  CJ 3020 Police Administration (3.0)  
  CJ 3040 Community Policing (3.0)  
  CJ 3060 Corrections in the Community (3.0)  
  CJ 3100 Criminal Profiling (3.0)  
  CJ 3140 Corrections Law (3.0)  
  CJ 3320 Crime and Gender (3.0)  
  CJ 3360 Prisons--Contemporary Issues and Dilemmas (3.0)  
  Other Advisor Approved Electives  
Elective Requirements: 14 Credits
  Complete any 1000 course or higher 14

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 or more semester credits with 40 semester credits from 3000- and 4000-level courses.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. Must have a grade of C- or higher in all core and elective requirements.
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements. Students are responsible for completing all prerequisite courses.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
American Institutions (Option 1) 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life Or Personal Health and Wellness 2
PSY 1010 or SOC 1010 Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology  3
CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Humanities Social Sciences 3
STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra 3
Humanities   3
CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
CJ 1390 Intro to Policing 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Biology 3
Physical Science 3
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
Fine Arts   3
CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
CJ 1300 Introduction to Corrections Process 3
CJ 2330 Juvenile Justice 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CJ 3400 Drugs and Crime 3
CJ 3270 Criminology 3
CJ 3300 Victimology 3
  CJ Elective--Upper Division 3
  Elective - 3 credits 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
CJ 4160 Constitutional Criminal Rights 3
CJ 4200 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 4250 Criminal Justice Career Strategies 2
  CJ Elective Upper - Division 3
  General Elective (3 credits) 3
  Elective 2
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
CJ 470G Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
CJ 4880 Qualitative Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 4060 Special Problems in Criminal Justice 3
  CJ Elective - 1000 level or Higher 3
  CJ Elective - Upper Division  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
CJ 481R Internship 3
CJ 4990 Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar 3
  CJ Elective - 1000 level or Higher 3
  Elective - 3 credits 3
  Elective - 3 credits 3
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Location:

EN 101

Telephone:

801-863-7230

Email:

kameron.barkle@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/criminaljustice/

Chair:

Matthew L. Duffin

 
 

Mission Statement

Criminal Justice Mission

The Criminal Justice program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences. An understanding and appreciation of the theory, research, policy and practice of criminal justice, as a unique discipline, will be advanced. The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of the criminal justice system.

Forensic Science Mission

The Forensic Science program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences. An understanding and appreciation of theory, research, policy and practice of forensic science, as a unique discipline, will be advanced. The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of forensic science.

Center for National Security Studies Mission

The Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) is a nonpartisan academic institution for the instruction, analysis, and discussion of the issues related to the field of U.S. national security. The mission of the CNSS is twofold: to promote an interdisciplinary academic environment on campus that critically examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of the national security policy and practice; and to assist students in preparing for public and private sector national security careers through acquisition of subject matter expertise, analytical skills, and practical experience. The CNSS partners with local, regional, national, and international public and private sector organizations to promote this mission.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Criminal Justice Department is to become a program of choice for students in the field of Criminal Justice/Forensic Science/National Security Studies. To provide students with a critical understanding of the criminal justice system, field of forensic science, area of national security, and the society in which it functions. Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement, students, alumni, and the surrounding community for our progressive  education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

The following values will dictate our actions in carrying out these missions:

  • Academically and professionally qualified faculty.
  • Superior teaching.
  • Scholarly activities that enhance and strengthen teaching and the student experience.
  • Continued re-evaluation, assessment, and corrections to curriculum.
  • Ethical awareness and conduct.
  • Cooperation, communication, and diversity across the curriculum.
  • Development of sensitivity toward, and appreciation for, cultural diversity. Development of analytical and critical thinking skills essential to the criminal justice field.
  • Advancement of analytical and critical thinking skills essential to the criminal justice field.
  • Preparation for the technologically sophisticated legal environment of the 21st-Century.
  • Advancement of the study of law/science within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.
The following strategies/goals are being pursued to move toward the above vision:
  • Develop a comprehensive forensic curriculum in cooperation with the science department.
  • Organize a Skills USA criminal justice program.
  • Increase the number of students in both the criminal justice, forensic science, and national security studies programs.
  • Continue curriculum improvement efforts and link assessment more closely to competencies.
  • Increase rigor/scholarship across the curriculum.
  • Actively participate in professional organizations.
  • Promote scholarly research and development within the faculty.
Contribution to Overall UVU Mission

The departmental mission was developed to contribute to the College of Health & Public Service mission which, in turn, contributes to UVU’s mission. Critical to our program is a focus on developing a curriculum, along with other departments at UVU, which prepares our students to be competent for employment or advanced education and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community service. 

 
 

Criminal Justice

  • Administrative Assistant: Kameron Barkle
  • Office: EN 101
  • Telephone: 801-863-7230
  • Email: Kameron.Barkle@uvu.edu
 
 

Forensic Science

  • Director, Forensic Lab Track: Gary Naisbitt
  • Office: ME 136
  • Telephone: 801-863-6505
  • Email: naisbiga@uvu.edu
  • Director, Forensic Investigation Track: Amie Houghton
  • Office: CB 303h
  • Telephone: 801-863-5797
  • Email: amie.houghton@uvu.edu
 
 
Law Enforcement
  • Director, Law Enforcement Academy: Buckey Walters
  • Office: EN 114a
  • Telephone: 801-863-8062
  • Email: buckey.walters@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Assistant: Patrice Bollen
  • Office: EN 114
  • Telephone: 801-863-6156
  • Email: Patrice.bolen@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 286
 
 

National Security Studies

  • Director: Ryan J. Vogel
  • Office: CB 310J
  • Telephone: 801-863-6891
  • Email: Ryan.Vogel@uvu.edu
 
 

Advisors:

Faculty

Kenneth Crook(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Middle East History, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Matthew Duffin(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Department Chair



B.S., Business Management, J.D., Brigham Young University; LL.M., Military/International Contracts Law, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

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Stott Harston(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



AA, General Studies, American River College; B.A., Political Science, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Marcy Hehnly(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, M.S., Human Resource Management, Troy University; Ph.D., Human Services, Cappella University.

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Bobbi Kassel(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instruction Design, University of Utah.

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Richard Los(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., M.P.A., Justice Administration, Brigham Young University.

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Gary Naisbitt(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., German, Weber State College; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Michael Smidt(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Business Administration, National University; M.S., Strategic Studies, US Army War College; J.D., Law, California Western School of Law; LLM, University of Virginia School of Law.

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Ryan Vogel(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University; M.A., International Affairs, J.D., American University; J.D., LLM, Public International Law, Georgetown University.

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Dan Waddington(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Justice Administration, Brigham Young University; M.P.A., California State University; Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Albany.

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Careers

Careers:
For those trained in Criminal Justice, opportunities exist in local, state, federal, and private law enforcement i.e., DEA agent, FBI agent, corrections officer, security officer, private investigator, game law enforcement officer, immigration inspector, Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms inspector, United States Marshall, Internal Revenue officer, Border Patrol agent, Consumer Safety inspector, and other fields depending on chosen option.

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