BA in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed for students pursuing careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, courts, and victim advocacy. This 120-hour online degree program approaches the study of crime and justice with a unique blend of research and practice. The criminal justice major will explore topics in administration, criminal behavior, and a variety of correctional and criminal issues. This degree is available on-campus and completely online. Courses include a 16-week format as well as an accelerated 8-week format. All course work leading to the Associate of Science Degree in Law Enforcement may be credited toward a BA in criminal justice.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

First Year Experience (1-3 hours)

First Year Experience (1-3 hours)

(Required for first-time entering freshman < 12 hours)
PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium (3 credit hours)

General Education Core (35 hours)

Communication-Written (Choose 6 hours)

(select 2)
RHET 1311 Composition I (3 credit hours) and
RHET 1312 Composition II (3 credit hours) or
RHET 1320 Honors Composition (3 credit hours)

Fine Arts (Choose 3 hours)

(select 1)
ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art (3 credit hours)
MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music (3 credit hours)
THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance (3 credit hours)
MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures (3 credit hours)
ARHA 2306 Introduction to Architecture

Humanities (Choose 3 hours)

(select 1)
PHIL 1310 The Philosophical Life (3 credit hours)
ENGL 2337 World Literature (3 credit hours)
ENGL 2339 Mythology (3 credit hours)
PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society (3 credit hours)
PHIL 2321 Ethics and Society: Professional Applications (3 credit hours)
RELS 2305 World Religions (3 credit hours)

Social Sciences (Choose 3 hours)

(select 1)
ANTH 2316 Understanding Cultures (3 credit hours)
CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
ECON 2301 Survey of Economics (3 credit hours)
ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography (3 credit hours)
GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies (3 credit hours)
POLS 2303 Intro to International Politics (3 credit hours)
PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience (3 credit hours)
SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)

History of Civilization (Choose 3 hours)

(select 1)
HIST 1311 History of Civilization I (3 credit hours)
HIST 1312 History of Civilization II (3 credit hours)

U.S. History or Government (Choose 3 hours)

(select 1)
HIST 2311 US History to 1877 (3 credit hours)
HIST 2312 US History since 1877 (3 credit hours)
POLS 1310 American National Government (3 credit hours)

Science (Choose 8 ​hours)

(select 2 courses + 2 labs)
ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology (3 credit hours)
ASTR 1301/1102 Intro to Astronomy & Lab (4 credit hours)
BIOL 1400 Evolutionary & Environmental Biology (3 credit hours)
BIOL 1401 Science of Biology (3 credit hours)
BIOL 1433 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology (3 credit hours)
BIOL 2401 Microbiology (3 credit hours)
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I (3 credit hours)
CHEM 1405 Fundamentals of GOB Chemistry (3 credit hours)
CHEM 1406 General Chemistry for Engineers (3 credit hours)
CHEM 1409 Chemistry & Society (3 credit hours)
ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology & Lab (4 credit hours)
ERSC 1304/1104 Earth & the Environment & Lab (4 credit hours)
ERSC 2303/2103 Historical Geology & Lab (4 credit hours)
PHYS 1321/1121 College Physics I & Lab (4 credit hours)
PHYS 1322/1122 College Physics II & Lab (4 credit hours)
PHYS 2321/2121 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I & Lab (4 credit hours)
PHYS 2322/2122 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II & Lab (4 credit hours)

Mathematics (Choose 3 ​hours)

(select 1)
MATH 1302 College Algebra (3 credit hours)
MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reseasoning (3 credit hours)
MATH 1342 Business Calculus (3 credit hours)
MATH 1401 Precalculus (3 credit hours)
MATH 1451 Calculus 1 (3 credit hours)
STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3 credit hours)

**or any higher-level mathematics course with MATH 1302 as a prerequisite

Flex (Choose 3 ​hours)

(select 1)
ACOM 1300 Introduction to Communications (3 credit hours)
Any Core Humanities (3 credit hours)
Any Core Social Science (3 credit hours)

Second Language Requirement (6 hours)

Second Language Requirement (Choose 6 ​hours)

(select 2 courses of the same language)
SPAN 1311/1312 (6 credit hours)
FREN 1311/1312 (6 credit hours)
INTR 1320/1321 (6 credit hours)

Criminal Justice Major Requirements (15 hours)

Required Courses (Choose 15 ​hours)

CRJU 2300 Intro to Criminal Justice (also counts toward the core)
CRJU 3303 Survey of Corrections (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3304 Police and Society (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4300 Crime and Behavior (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4304 Criminal Justice Research (3 credit hours)

Criminal Justice Major Electives (15 hours)

Elective Courses (Choose 15 ​hours)

(available electives vary by semester)
CRJU 3301 Criminal Evidence (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3302 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3105, 3205, 3305 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3306 Police Administration and Management (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3307 Criminal Law (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3309 Cybercrime (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3310 Race/Ethnicity and Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3311 Gangs (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3312 Victimology (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3313 Crime and Science: An Intro to Forensic Science (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3314 Statistics in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3315 Sex Crimes (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3337 Juvenile Delinquency (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3338 Criminological Theory (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3390 Neighborhood Studies (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3396 Psychology and the Criminal Process (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4120 4220 4320 Independent Study (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4301 Judicial System and Process (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4302 Law and Society (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4305 Juvenile Law and Process (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4307 Drug Abuse (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4309 Crime Prevention (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4310 Terrorism (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4311 Security Management (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4312 Homeland Security (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4332 Corrections Psychology (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4333 Cooperative Education (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4351 Constitutional Law II (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4380 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 credit hours)

Minor (Optional 18 hours)

Getting a minor for a Criminal Justice degree is optional.

Average hours = 18 hours

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WHERE DO OUR ALUMNI WORK?

Do you want to get a graduate degree?

Students who want to pursue graduate education in criminal justice after obtaining a B.A. can apply for one of our two master’s degree programs.

For more information, contact our Graduate Coordinator Dr. Robert Lytle.