Honors in Criminal Justice Research
The Honors in Criminal Justice Research Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice (SCCJ) to demonstrate academic excellence in research beyond their standard coursework. The mission of this program is to:
- Promote honors research opportunities and experiences;
Create a pathway for students to received recognition for their specialized research;
Permit students to apply classroom knowledge in research-rich environments; and
- Distinguish honors research achievements beyond the standard coursework.
In doing so, this program offers mentorship to students in developing their knowledge, skills and abilities in honors research that are fitting for graduate school and careers in evidence-based practices. To achieve the Honors in Criminal Justice Research designation on their transcripts, students need to meet the eligibility, application and program requirements.
- Minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or greater in their overall coursework;
Progress toward satisfying the criminal justice major (15 credits completed at the time of application);
- Completion of criminal justice core courses (must have completed two at the time of application) CCJ 3014, CCJ 4054 and CCJ 4700 with a grade of “A.”
These materials should be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which students seek to be enrolled in the program:
- an unofficial transcript;
- curriculum vitae or résumé; and
- an Honors in Criminal Justice Research program application form signed by a full-time faculty member.
To maintain compliance with the Honors in Criminal Justice Research program, students should:
- maintain good academic and ethical standing;
complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative certificates in: (a) Social and Behavioral Research Investigations; (b) Responsible Conduct of Research; and (c) Conflicts of Interest;
must complete one set of course options in Directed Independent Study (DIS), Directed Independent Research (DIR) and Research Intensive (RI) courses:
- 6 DIS credits with an “A” grade,
- 6 DIR credits with an “A” grade,
- 3 DIS and 3 DIR credits with an “A” grade,
- 3 DIS and a 3-credit RI CCJ eligible course with an “A” grade,
- 3 DIR and a 3-credit RI CCJ eligible course with an “A” grade; and
Four upper-division courses (3000 level or higher) in the major.
Students will receive the designation “Honors in Criminal Justice Research” at the time of graduation upon satisfactory completion of two of the following three requirements:
- Internal or external grant/fellowship application submission;
Faculty advisor approved submission for an oral presentation at a university, regional, national or international symposium, consortium or conference; or
Publishable manuscript (coauthored or solo) in peer-reviewed outlet.
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Sigal Rubin, Instructor and Associate Undergraduate Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.