Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Criminal Justice  from one of our partner universities prepares law enforcement officials and adult learners for career change, advancement or graduate education.

Students in the BA in Criminal Justice program focus on the interdisciplinary study of crime and the functioning of the criminal justice system, and develop critical analytical skills, and knowledge of the research findings and methods used in the field. In addition, students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in criminal justice

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General Education Credits
Criminal Justice Credits
Electives credits
Partner University Credits
Job Growth Rate 8.2% Recommended Degree Bachelor’s National Avg. Salary
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What Career Paths does this Degree Program offer?

  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Youth Correctional Counselor
  • Graduate school
  • Private Investigator
  • Teaching
  • Government Service
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Criminal Profiler
  • Law enforcement

Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 110)

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Introduction to Criminal Justice offers an overview of the entire criminal justice system. The focus is on the administration of police, court and correctional agencies, and the decision-making points from the initial investigation or arrest by police to the eventual release of the offender and his/her re-entry into society. The emphasis is on the dynamic relationships between the various elements in the system as well as special problem areas.

Criminology (CJ 330)

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This course has a sociological focus on how information is collected, so that students can explore and evaluate reasons why crime and delinquency occur. The course also explores evidence-based prevention strategies through policy development within the field of criminology. Topics covered in the course include the criminal justice system; existing research methods; how to measure crime; classical school thinking; positivism; theories influenced by functionalism; the role of symbolic interactionism in criminological theories; conflict theory-influenced philosophies from the past to the present; and the relationship between theory, research, and policy.

Introduction to Law Enforcement (CJ 210)

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Introduction to Law Enforcement examines the history and heritage of law enforcement, the criminal justice system in the United States and its contemporary police system, the organization and management of police, and constitutional law and legal precedents.

Introduction to Corrections (CJ 220)

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Students will examine historical and contemporary correctional practices in this course. Theoretical concepts of the criminal sanction will be introduced, along with institutional rehabilitation and community-based corrections. Various correctional settings and approaches are discussed including topics such as punishment, probation, the prison community, and parole. Students will also explore the role of community resources in treating the noninstitutionalized offender

Investigative Techniques (CJ 330)

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This course introduces forensic science, or criminalistics. Since the scientist serves both science and the legal system, this course captures the broader context of both the natural sciences and engineering. Including physical evidence, interviews, field notes and reporting, follow-up investigation, interrogation, and rules of evidence. There is an in-depth analysis of investigation methodologies addressing inductive and deductive reasoning to assess the decision making process to solve crimes

Criminal Justice Administration (CJ 313)

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This course will provide students a theoretical, conceptual, and practical overview of criminal justice organization and management. The course will provide the student with an overview of the American criminal justice system as an interdisciplinary social science involving aspects of criminology, sociology, law, and political science. Examines administrative and managerial concepts underlying decision making, policy formulation, operational strategies, and coordination and control procedures.

Police Leadership & Management ( CJ 315)

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