Tips for Successful Completion of the Crime and Justice Studies (CJS) Major
- Meet with your CJS faculty advisor regularly. Advisors help prevent you from taking unnecessary courses and make sure that the courses you take are counted in ways that best facilitate your progress towards graduation. They will also direct you to important University resources. They are here to help make sure you make the most of your WSU experience. Call (937) 775-2582 for information about scheduling an appointment.
- Our curriculum offers a strong foundation of core CJS courses while at the same time allowing the opportunity for great flexibility and specialization within the program. Therefore, you will typically have two or more course choices that can be used to fulfill each of our program requirements. For example, you can take the required discipline overview class in the CJS Core through the Political Science Department (PLS 4420) or the Sociology Department (SOC 3710) or the Urban Affairs & Geography Department (URS 4280).
- Not all courses are offered every semester so it is a good idea to get critical courses (e.g. your CJS Core courses) completed before your senior year.
- Do not wait too long to take your COLA language requirement. The courses are sequenced and the sequence begins in the fall. So, if you get off track, it can be difficult to complete! Please note: For those interested in Spanish, Spanish 2110 and 2120 Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel, are targeted for CJS majors and will substitute for the final two courses in the Spanish sequence (SPN 2010 and 2020). SPN 2110 will be offered fall semester only; SPN 2120 will be offered spring semester.
- An internship in a criminal-justice related occupation is part of our core requirements. We generally recommend that students have completed a minimum of 15 hours in the major before taking the internship. Internships much be secured through one of our three core department (PLS, SOC, or URS) and students must begin the scheduling process at least two terms in advance; Federal internship planning should be a year in advance. Detailed information about this process can be found on our Internship web page. NOTE: CJS Minors are not required to complete an internship.
NOTE: Background checks, drug/alcohol screenings will typically be required for placement. Given how strictly agencies screen applicants, if you have a previous record or dependency, discuss this with you advisor so that alternate arrangements can be made. (See details on our web page.)
- In the semester prior to your graduation date (e.g. fall semester for a spring graduation), you need to make an appointment to meet with the Program Director, Dr. Lahm (email@example.com), Dr. Choudhury (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carin Benning (email@example.com) to conduct a graduation check and exit interview. At this time, you will be given a graduation check form which you then take to the College of Liberal Arts Advisor, 120 Millett Hall, (937) 775-2601 who will enable you to electronically register for graduation.
- Portfolio Requirement – As part of our internal program assessment we ask that you turn in copies of your term papers from three of your five CJS classes to the department before you graduate (SOC 3410 should be one of these three). NOTE: CJS Minors not applicable.
- Email Listing: This is the central communication tool which uses your WSU email address. The Program Director, through the Administrative Support Coordinator, sends emails about course listings, class availability, internship information and job postings. As a new student you will receive several WSU emails, so be sure to check your Wright State email regularly so you do not miss any important information. These will be sent to you by firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.