Criminal Justice Curriculum

While the rapid rate of progress in technology continues to change the way people interact and work, there will always be new methods of criminal activity completely unlike anything ever seen before. Getting a head start on the courses you need, along with vital experience through internships will build a strong foundation for your career in the ever-changing world of Criminal Justice.

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to take your Criminal Justice classes beginning in your first semester. By the time you finish your first year, you will have taken upward of five courses related to your major!

Criminal Justice Curriculum 2014-2015


First Year

First Semester

Computers and Telecommunications
(NET 120)

Criminal Law
(CRJ 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Intro to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Second Semester

Criminal Procedure
(CRJ 121)

Criminal Investigation
(CRJ 230)

Family Violence
(CRJ 240)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Police Operations
(CRJ 270)

Introduction to Digital Forensics
(FOR 240)

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

White-Collar Crime
(FOR 350)

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

General Elective


Third Year

First Semester

Investigative Interviewing
(CRJ 310)

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Second Semester

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Introduction to Forensic Science
(SCI 170)

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Second Semester

Option A:

Criminal Justice Field Experience (Internship)
(CRJ 490)

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Criminal Justice Elective or Focus Area

Option B:

Vermont Police Academy Field Experience
(CRJ 495)