General Advising Questions
- How do I make an appointment to see an adviser?
- What is the deadline to drop a class?
- What is an independent study and what needs to be done to complete one?
- I am planning to transfer to Michigan State University from another college/university. How can I find out which course credits will transfer to MSU?
- I need a copy of my transcript. Who should I contact?
About Criminal Justice
- What can I do with a major in criminal justice?
- I want to change my major to criminal justice. What do I need to do?
- I would like to double major in criminal justice. What do I need to do?
Graduation from MSU
- Is there anything special I have to do during the semester that I plan to graduate?
- I am going to graduate with more than 120 credits. Is that going to be a problem?
- I won't be able to complete my degree requirements until the summer session. Will I still be able to walk in spring commencement?
Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice
- I am interested in pursuing a degree in forensic science. Does the School of Criminal Justice offer a forensic science degree?
- I am interested in applying to the MS program in criminal justice. Where can I find information on the School of Criminal Justice's MS degree and what I need to apply?
- I received a grade I believe is unfair. What should I do?
- I think my adviser gave me bad advice. What can I do?
- I thought I had dropped a course, but it turns out I did not. What can I do?
- I would like to withdraw from all my classes. How does this work?
- I am a senior but cannot add a required course. What are my options?
General Advising Questions
How do I make an appointment to see an adviser?
- Appointments must be made online. Back to top
What is the deadline to drop a class?
- Check MSU’s academic calendar frequently to verify deadlines for adding or dropping courses or withdrawing from the university. Generally, students have until the end of the first week of class to add a course, and the middle of the semester to drop with no grade penalty (although the period for receiving a tuition refund is before the middle of the semester).Back to top
What is an independent study and what needs to be done to complete one?
An independent study can be completed when a student wishes to study a specific topic for which a course is not available. Independent studies are not done often and students are expected to have a high GPA and evidence of strong work in prior classes. Interested students must identify a faculty member and work with him/her to develop the following:
- a description of what you plan to study
- the rationale behind the independent study
- a description of the preparation you have had that enables you to do the work
- what work you will do for the independent study
- a schedule of times you will meet with the supervising instructor
- deadline for submission of work
- criteria for how you will be graded
The student and instructor will then sign the completed form and submit it to the student’s academic adviser who will also sign it. At this time, the adviser will issue an override for CJ 490 (or CJ 890) which will allow the student to enroll for the section. Finally, a copy of the independent study form is given to the student, the instructor and the College of Social Science. The original is kept on file in the adviser’s office. Back to top
I am planning to transfer to MSU from another college/university. How can I find out what course credits will transfer?
MSU has provided current and prospective students with a Web site that can assist with finding out what course equivalencies would be for credit that was earned at other Michigan colleges and universities along with some major universities outside the state of Michigan.
Once a student submits a final transcript to Credit Evaluation for review, a credit summary will be sent to the adviser in his or her declared major. The student will then need to meet with an adviser to review how the credit will be applied toward degree requirements. Review the requirements for degree programs online.Back to top
I need a copy of my transcript. Who should I contact?
- Transcripts can be ordered online through the Registrar’s Office.Back to top
About Criminal Justice
What can I do with a degree in criminal justice?
There is a wide range of careers to pursue in criminal justice. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the United States Department of Labor maintain Web sites containing detailed information on careers in criminal justice and career outlooks in the field. The following books may also be helpful: Your Criminal Justice Career: A Guidebook or Seeking Employment in Criminal Justice and Related Fields.
Students can also attend career fairs and make contact with professionals in the field through internships or classes. Career and internship opportunities are also posted on bulletin boards in Baker Hall and the Student Reception and Resource Room in 135.Back to top
I want to change my major to criminal justice. What do I need to do?
- Make an appointment to see a criminal justice adviser to review degree requirements and get instructions on how to change majors.Back to top
I would like to double major in criminal justice. What do I need to do?
The College of Social Science offers two choices to students wishing to add criminal justice as their primary major. Students may either complete an additional major or opt to complete a second degree. With an additional major, students only complete the requirements for the major which, for the School of Criminal Justice, is 30 credits in criminal justice coursework. Students completing an additional major do NOT receive a second diploma but it is noted on their final transcript.
If a student wishes to complete a second degree, he or she must complete the 30 credits of criminal justice coursework mentioned above AND complete College of Social Science requirements: 15 credits in social science coursework, 9 credits in arts and letters coursework and 6 credits in natural science coursework. The student is also required to complete a minimum of 150 credits (153 if either MTH 1825 or WRA0102/WRA1004 were taken, or 156 credits if both MTH1825 and WRA0102/WRA1004 were taken). A student will receive a second diploma for a bachelor’s in criminal justice upon successful completion of all requirements.
A student wishing to complete either the additional major or the second degree must meet with an adviser to complete the necessary paperwork and to review requirements.Back to top
Graduation from MSU
Is there anything special I have to do during the semester I plan to graduate?
- Yes—students must apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office before the end of the first week of classes. However, they are encouraged to apply well before that date so the advising staff can verify that all requirements are met..Back to top
I am going to graduate with more than 120 credits. Is that going to be a problem?
- No, 120 credits is the minimum number of credits an MSU student needs to graduate. There is no penalty or negative association with having more than 120 credits. NOTE: Students that have taken MTH1825 or WRA0102/WRA1004 (formerly ATL0102/ATL1004) will need 123 total credits to graduate. If both MTH1825 AND WRA0102/WRA1004 were taken, those students will need 126 credits to graduate. See an adviser to clarify how many credits are needed to graduate.Back to top
I won't be able to complete by degree requirements until the summer session. Will I still be able to walk in spring commencement?
Yes, students completing degree requirements in the summer can still participate in spring commencement since there is no summer commencement offered. However, when applying to graduate, students will need to apply to graduate for the summer session when they will be certified for graduation. Those students’ names will appear in the commencement program under the list for summer graduates and they will receive diplomas after completing degree requirements for summer session. These degrees are usually mailed out at the end of the second summer session.
Keep in mind that not all classes are offered during the summer sessions. For example, the School of Criminal Justice does not offer Tier II writing or research methods in summer session, and it frequently rotates its course offerings. Check the Descriptions of Courses and the Schedule of Courses or speak to an adviser to determine what will be offered for students that are planning to graduate in August.Back to top
Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice
I am interested in pursuing a degree in forensic science. Does the School of Criminal Justice offer a forensic science degree?
- The School of Criminal Justice offers a forensic science degree at the master’s level with concentrations available in chemistry, biology, and anthropology. Students in the chemistry and biology concentrations are expected to hold a degree in the natural sciences (i.e. chemistry, biochemistry, biology, etc). Students in the anthropology concentration are expected to have a background in physical anthropology that includes human osteology. Prospective students should contact Melissa Christle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 353-7133.Back to top
I am interested in applying to the master’s program in criminal justice. Can you give me some information on the degree and how to apply?
Application deadlines for the master’s degree program are February 1 for the following fall semester and September 1 for the following Spring semester.
I received a grade that I believe is unfair. What should I do?
- Instructors can make errors in grading so a student should talk to his or her instructor first about the grade. Students can contact Dr. Chris, director of Undergraduate Studies, for more information. He will explain the procedure used in the School of Criminal Justice for appealing a grade received in a criminal justice course.Back to top
I think my adviser gave me bad advice. What can I do?
While advisers are valuable sources of information, students are ultimately responsible for knowing graduation requirements and ensuring these have been met. All students should regularly check MSU’s Degree Navigator to review requirements (selecting “Audit – Full Report” will display remaining requirements).
Students can also speak to the Director of Academic Student Affairs in the College of Social Science if they are unhappy with advising in their major.Back to top
I thought I had dropped a course, but it turns out I did not. What can I do?
- See an academic adviser immediately—there may be a solution. To avoid this problem, students should always print a completed copy of their course schedules after they have completed enrollment.Back to top
I would like to withdraw from all my classes. How does this work?
- Juniors or seniors who wish to withdraw completely from the university during a semester in which they are enrolled should go to the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Social Science, 201 Berkey Hall. Freshmen or sophomores should go to one of the Undergraduate University Division offices—they have several locations on campus to serve freshmen and sophomores. Unauthorized withdrawal, or leaving the university without obtaining an official withdrawal, will result in the student being reported as having failed all courses and the forfeiture of any fees or deposits that might otherwise be refunded..Back to top
I am a senior but I cannot add a required course. What are my options?
- This problem emphasizes the need to enroll as soon as the appointed enrollment time arrives. Many students procrastinate and miss the opportunity to add a required course. To add a course that is full, students can e-mail the professor for an override. However, the decision is up to the instructor and he or she may turn away students looking to add a course at the last minute.Back to top