Honors in Discipline

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-In-Discipline Program

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at ETSU offers enhanced educational opportunities for criminal justice and criminology majors through the Honors-in-Discipline program. Interested students should direct questions to the current Program Coordinator:

 Academic Program of Study
The Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline program of study consists of:

1. 12 hours of honors-enriched coursework: Only the listed courses can be taken as honors-enriched criminal justice and criminology courses (See the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-In Discipline Program Check Sheet). An honors student should contract with the instructor of the course to be taken for honors-enriched credit. The student will be required to write an additional 8-12 page paper in addition to the course requirements. The paper requirements are at the discretion and may be modified by the instructor and tailored to meet the specific needs of the class and should be written on the Agreement Form. The student and instructor should sign this form, and each should keep a copy. An additional copy should be given to the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-In-Discipline Coordinator. The student will need to sign up for the 088 section of the course to be taken for honors credit. A permit request form can be completed in room 201-D Rogers Stout. If a student has already taken a course, he/she is not permitted to re-take the course as honors-enriched.

2. 6 hours of Honor’s Thesis coursework:  All honors students must complete a senior honors thesis by enrolling in 6 semester hours (3 in the Fall and 3 in the Spring). The Senior Thesis will be advised by a tenure track faculty member in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department. In addition to the advisor, at least two additional faculty members will serve on the committee with one member being from outside the department. All students will defend their thesis in a public forum.

Honors Thesis Instructions

Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors Check Sheet

Admission Requirements
1. Entering Freshman: Freshman entering the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-In-Discipline Program must have the following:

  1.  A high school cumulative GPA of 3.2 or
  2.  An ACT composite score of 25 or greater or
  3. A SAT score of 1130 or greater

2. Students entering programs after their first semester at ETSU: To be admitted into the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline program, students must have:

  1. maintained at least a 3.2 overall GPA and at least a 3.50 GPA in criminal justice and criminology coursework

3. Transfer students: To be admitted into the Honors-in-Criminal Justice and Criminology program, transfer students must have:

  1. maintained at least an overall 3.50 GPA in coursework at ETSU and all colleges, universities and community colleges attended

Application & admissions procedures
If you are interested in applying for admission to the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline program, you should start by making an appointment with the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline coordinator, ,to discuss programmatic options. 

Honors-in Discipline-Application Form

Retention Requirements
To remain in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-In-Discipline Program, students must complete at least 12 hours per semester. Students must also maintain a GPA of at least 2.8 for their first 30 hours, 3.0 after 45 hours and 3.2 for the remainder of their academic career at ETSU.

Students falling below the minimal requirements will be placed on temporary probation in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline program, and will have a one-semester grace period to meet or exceed the grade-point-average requirements. If students are placed on temporary probation or otherwise fail to demonstrate adequate progress in completing the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline program, the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline Program Coordinator will notify both the student and the Director of Honors-in-Discipline Programs as soon as possible. Students failing to maintain the GPA requirements as a result of their final semester of performance or failing to meet the other honors requirements will be not be awarded the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline designation upon graduation.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate with the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline Designation, students must:

  1.  be admitted to the Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors-in-Discipline program;
  2. complete all necessary coursework (honors, major, general education, and otherwise); honors coursework includes four honors-enriched courses and 6 hours of honors thesis credit.
  3. maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 and a Criminal Justice and Criminology GPA of 3.50;
  4. maintain at least a B average in CJCR 4018 (Honors Thesis) coursework;
  5. and present the results of their honor’s theses publicly and orally.

HID Program Coordinator


Courtney Crittenden
201H Roger-Stout
423-439-5963
critendenc@etsu.edu