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2007-2008 General/Graduate Catalog - Expired August 2013 
2007-2008 General/Graduate Catalog - Expired August 2013 [Archived Catalog]

Justice Systems (BS)

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Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science
Minor Offered: Justice Systems


The Justice Systems major seeks to achieve an integration of the Sciences and Social Sciences in the program in addition to presenting material unique to its own knowledge base. This is reflected in both the nature and content of the courses and in the degrees and background of the faculty teaching the courses. An additional influence the program seeks is an historical and cultural approach to the material in the Justice Systems degree.

The mission of the Justice Systems program complements the mission of Truman State University. To achieve this, a Justice Systems major will take a core of courses reflective of the emphasis in the liberal arts and sciences. The BS degree requirement is also reflective of this arts and sciences emphasis. More specifically, the BS degree component is intended to strengthen the quantitative skills of each student. 

To achieve the above mission of the Justice Systems program, the goals are:

To provide students an excellent academic preparation for rewarding professional careers in the various components of the justice system;

To provide students an excellent undergraduate preparation for entry into professional, graduate, and law schools;

To make students more informed and better citizens and thus better able to respond to one of the greatest concerns of society – the problem of crime and our system of justice;

For the faculty to have a program of scholarship and research which will include participation of undergraduate students;

For the faculty and staff to provide a public service to the community through its specialized areas of expertise.


All Justice Systems majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.20. Additionally, all majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.20 in Justice Systems courses. Failure to maintain either of the GPAs will result in suspension from the major, prevent taking additional Justice Systems courses, and preclude graduation with a Justice Systems degree. One-third of the required hours in the major must be completed by taking courses at Truman.

For students changing into the major and/or students with a second major, course substitutions acceptable to another major may not be acceptable as a Justice Systems major.

Students enrolling in the Major with an interest in the enforcement system should recognize that certain physical requirements (i.e., eyesight, height, weight, etc.) may be necessary in addition to academic achievements. Students are encouraged to talk with a Justice Systems advisor for more specific information.


Liberal Studies Program Requirements: 34-58 Credit Hours

Missouri Statute Requirement: 1-3 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 6 Credit Hours

At least six hours of quantitative or formal reasoning-based coursework as approved by a Justice Systems advisor from the following disciplines and/or courses:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics


The Justice Systems Major consists of two (2) parts: Required Support and Major Requirements. Each student must complete both parts.

Part I: Required Support: 15 Credit Hours

Fifteen hours from another discipline, as approved by a Justice Systems advisor and/or hours from an internship: 15 Credit Hours

Part II: Major Requirements (Section I): 35 Credit Hours

Electives and/or internship, to Total: 124 Credit Hours

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