Department of Criminal Justice Administration FAQs

Questions for Finding an Advisor

How do I determine my advisor?
The name and contact information for your advisor is available on Pipeline.

For a minor in Criminal Justice, who do I see for advising?
We do not assign minor advisors. Therefore, you can meet with a college advisors or a full-time faculty member for minor advising.

Questions about Student Forms

What is the “upper division form”?
The upper division form must be approved your major advisor(s) and your minor advisor(s).

When should I complete and submit the upper division form?
You should complete your upper division form and submit to Angel Bowman in CKNB 201H by the start of your junior year.

What is the “intent to graduate” and when should I complete this form?
You will fill out the intent to graduate when you complete the upper division form. You will submit both forms to Angel Bowman in CKNB 239.

Questions about majors and minors

How do I declare a major or minor in criminal justice?
You may declare a major or minor in Criminal Justice using the online form located here.

What is required for the minor in criminal justice?
A minor in Criminal Justice Administration requires 18 semester hours including CJA 1100, 2200, 2400 or 2600, and 9 hours of upper division criminal justice electives. CJA 4300 may not be used for the 9 hours of electives, but may be taken by minors.

What is required for a minor in homeland security?
The minor requires 18 hours of CJA courses including 12 hours of required courses and 6 hours of guided electives. The minor in Homeland Security provides the complementary knowledge and educational foundation for students seeking careers in their uniquely chosen majors with homeland security concerns. The minor provides the students with an understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system, the methods and effects of terrorism, the means of providing security against terrorist acts in public and private businesses and industries, and the legal treatment of terrorist crimes including detection, investigation, prosecution, and constitutional issues.

Required Courses (12 hours): 
CJA 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration 
CJA 3750 Terrorism and Criminal Justice 
CJA 4850 Private and Industrial Security

(One of the following two courses)
CJA 4860 Security Administration 
CJA 4870 Security Law

Guided Electives (6 hours) 
CJA 3250 Criminal Law 
CJA 3400 Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice 
CJA 3900 Organized and White Collar Crime 
CJA 4330 Criminal Investigation

Do you offer concentrations?
There are two CJA concentrations-Homeland Security and Law Enforcement. More details can be found on the CJA Program page

Information for Graduating Seniors

What tests are required for graduating seniors?
Graduating seniors are required to take two exit exams: the major field test and the general education exam.

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 238

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN 37132


Department Main Office:

Jones Hall 223