Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice is designed for students pursuing careers in law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile and adult courts.

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. The courses, which are available in an accelerated 8-week format, are taught by outstanding scholars who make major contributions in the community and in their discipline.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be fully admitted into this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be formally admitted to UA Little Rock.  Undergraduate admission requirements for the university can be found in our “Become a Student” section.
  • Completion of Composition I and Composition II
  • A minimum of 12 hours at UA Little Rock
  • A minimum of 2.25 GPA

Students may be provisionally admitted to the major and advised within the department before fully meeting requirements for admission to the program.

Graduation Requirements

This degree program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including demonstration of intermediate-level second language proficiency. All course work leading to the Associate of Science degree in law enforcement may be credited toward this total.
All required courses are available in standard semester-length and accelerated formats. Requirements for the program may be completed in 4 years with 8 semesters of effort through the standard program or sooner if the student chooses accelerated courses.

See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

UA Little Rock also offers an accelerated Master of Science in Criminal Justice online degree program for graduate students. >>Learn more

Program Advisor

Karen Wisdom | Coordinator of Academic Advising, Recruitment and Retention
Department of Criminal Justice
501.683.7508 | | Criminal Justice website


UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.


UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

Cost per credit hour: $280

University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

First Year Experience (Choose 3 hours)

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium (3 credit hours)

Communication – Written (Choose 3 - 6 hours)

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

RHET 1311 Composition I (3 credit hours)
RHET 1312 Composition II (3 credit hours)
RHET 1320 Honors Composition (3 credit hours)

College Core Courses (14 hours)

Required Courses (15 hours)

Elective Courses (15 hours)

Electives (Choose 15 hours)

CRJU 3105, 3205, 3305 Seminar in Criminal Justice (1 credit hours)
CRJU 3301 Criminal Evidence (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3302 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3306 Police Administration & 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 & Science: 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 3348 Internship I (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3349 Internship II (3 credit hours)
CRJU 3396 Psychology & the Criminal Process (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4120, 4220, 4320 Independent Study (1 credit hours)
CRJU 4199, 4299 Criminal Justice Workshop (1 credit hours)
CRJU 4301 Judicial System and Process (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4302 Law and Society (3 credit hours)
CRJU 4303 Readings in Criminal Justice (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 4313 Information 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)