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Criminal Justice

Simpson criminal justice undergraduates scored in the 99th percentile on the Educational Testing Service’s MAJOR FIELD TEST. One hundred and two comparison institutions from across the United States completed the examination. The results reaffirm the strength of Simpson’s program in content delivery and student mastery of discipline-specific subject matter.

The Criminal Justice major is concerned with the applications of knowledge derived primarily from the social sciences. Specifically, students completing the Criminal Justice major will be able to: (1) think in the abstract and apply theoretical orientations to the analysis of concrete situations, (2) interpret criminological and criminal justice system data, and (3) apply ethical considerations in professional situations.  The major consists of 28 credits of required “core” courses and the selection of 16 elective credits for a total of 44 credits. In order to complete the major students will complete ten courses plus a capstone as follows:

Criminal Justice Core

  • SCJ210: Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • CJ220: Criminal Justice Systems
  • Soc321: Research Methods
  • CJ335: Inequality and Justice


  • Soc340: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • CJ342: Juvenile Delinquency


  • CJ343: Criminology
  • SCJ352: Standards of Professional Behavior (capstone)
  • COOP 319: Internship in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Electives:  In consultation with their advisor, the student selects 16 elective credits (4 courses) from the course offerings of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department that fit with their career goals. The elective options are:

  •  Soc101: Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc204: Modern Social Problem
  • Soc211: Sociology of the Family
  • Soc222: Social Psychology (Psy May change name or #)
  • Soc311: Women: the Struggle for Equality
  • Soc323: Methods of Social Research II
  • Soc331: Complex Organizations
  • Soc341: Crisis Intervention
  • Soc350: Environmental Sociology
  • Soc360: Social Movements
  • SW301: Counseling and Problem Solving
  • SW342: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SW343: Social Welfare Policy
  • Anthro110: Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthro310: Indians of the Americas
  • CJ223: Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ224: Police and Society
  • CJ240: Conservation Law
  • CJ270: Terrorism
  • CJ300: Juvenile and Family Law
  • CJ334: Crime and Place
  • CJ344: Correctional Practices in the United States
  • CJ360: Criminal Law and the Legal Process

Students select either Juvenile Delinquency or Criminology and either Inequality and Justice or Race and Ethnic Relationships as part of the core. If the student wishes they may select the course not identified as their core selection as one of their electives.  

Advanced Standing Program (ASP)  The Advanced Standing Program is designed to help exceptional undergraduate students who have a 3.5 or higher GPA complete the baccalaureate and master of art degrees in criminal justice in 5 years. The primary requirements for admission to the program are follows:

  1. Undergraduates eligible for ASP must have earned a 3.5 Simpson College GPA by the end of their junior year (must have completed 95 credits).
  2. To be eligible for the ASP a student must complete the last two years of their baccalaureate work at Simpson.
  3. Transfer students are eligible for ASP and will need to have accumulated a Simpson GPA of 3.5 in their junior year to be eligible to apply. Transfer credits are not counted in the Simpson GPA.
  4. Students applying for the ASP should have had a criminal justice or related internship or plan to take it as an elective in their senior year.
  5. Students applying for advanced standing must submit an application to the MACJ degree program by August 1, prior to the beginning of their senior year. All MACJ application requirements must be met (completed application, 3 letters of reference, admissions essay).
  6. The application materials will be reviewed by the MACJ Admissions Committee and applicants will be informed prior to the beginning of fall classes of their admissions status.


Students accepted into the ASP program may enroll in elective options in the MACJ in their senior year. Students with a year or more of criminal justice work experience may take 3 electives. Students with no criminal justice work experience may enroll in two elective options. Advanced Standing Students are billed as undergraduates until they have completed their baccalaureate degrees.