Department of Criminal Justice Studies

Senior Thesis Preparation

Our senior thesis capstone course requires the student to develop and defend a research paper, to write and communicate research findings effectively. The following course sequence is required.

Getting ready

Planning is important because course prerequisites are enforced.

  • CJS 486, Theories of Crime and Justice, introduces the student to crime theoretical frameworks. 
  • CJS 487, Research in Criminal Justice, instructs students on how to develop a research proposal and produce a working draft. 
  • The completion of 90 credits.
  • CJS 488, Senior Thesis, is the undergraduate culminating project for students declaring CJS as a major. This course requires students to develop, prepare and defend an undergraduate research paper and is intended for seniors in their last semester. 

Enrollment

Students who meet the prerequisites for CJS 488 will enroll in the section of their choice as they would for any other course. Understand that CJS 488 sections may be capped at the seat count listed. Listed instructors may request a research proposal from each student prior to registration.