Criminal Justice Requirements | GCTC

Criminal Justice Requirements


Degree requirements

  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA 
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree 
  • Completion of Cultural Studies course 
  • Demonstration of Digital Literacy 
  • Completion of a College Success requirement 

Degree requirements for NKU:

  • Minimum of 45 credit hours must be 300 level or above
  • Must meet the pre-requisites for each course
  • Minimum of 20 percent of the total required hours must be taken at NKU

Admission requirements for NKU:

  • Students majoring or minoring in criminal justice must earn at least a C in each course counted as part of the major or minor
  • At least 24 hours of JUS courses must be earned in residence at NKU
  • A maximum of 6 hours of JUS 496 may be counted toward the major
  • Special admission requirements: To declare a major in criminal justice, organizational leadership or international studies, students - including transfer students - must have earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in all prior college work


  • Arts and Humanities or Social Behavioral Sciences or Foreign Language (6 credit hours) 
  • Criminal Justice Elective (CRJ 102 Introduction to Corrections or CRJ 215 Introduction to Law Enforcement)
  • CRJ 202 Issues and Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 204 Criminal Investigations*
  • CRJ 216 Criminal Law
  • CRJ 217 Criminal Procedures
  • CRJ 295 Criminal Justice Capstone
  • ENG 101 Writing I
  • ENG 102 Writing II
  • FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success 
  • Heritage
  • Humanities (rec. JUS 231 Race, Gender, and Crime)
  • JUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice*
  • Natural Science (must include a laboratory experience**) 
  • Additional Natural Science or Quantitative Reasoning (rec. STA 251 Applied Statistics)
  • Oral Communications (rec. COM 181 Basic Public Speaking or COM 252 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication)
  • OST 105 Introduction to Information Systems (meets digital literacy requirement)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 151 Introduction to Applied Statistics or MAT 161 Statistics and Algebra)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (rec. POL 101 American Government)
  • Social Behavioral Sciences


  • * It is recommended that students take JUS 101 and CRJ 204 before other CRJ coursework
  • **Credit from a dedicated lab course may be used in Electives
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college. 

Updated 6/2/20 

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