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.
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.
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
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, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.
University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)
Please note: Developmental courses are only available through the main campus and must be completed prior to declaring an online program.
First Year Experience (Choose 3 hours)
College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.
Communication – Written (Choose 3 - 6 hours)
(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
RHET 1320 Honors Composition
Fine Arts (Choose 3 hours)
Humanities (Choose 3 hours)
Social Sciences (Choose 3 hours)
PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.
History of Civilization (Choose 3 hours)
College Core Courses (14 hours)
Science (Choose 8 hours)
Mathematics (Choose 3 hours)
Humanities/Social Sciences/Communication-Speech (Choose 3 hours)
Speech Communication majors must select SPCH 1300