Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

People often think that criminal justice programs means solving crimes, but in reality a degree in this field covers a wide range of subjects. A bachelor's-level education in the criminal justice field can open doors to many different types of careers, including in the U.S.'s multi-faceted legal system or within the agencies engaged in the enforcement of its laws. Offered on campus in Colorado or online, CTU’s BSCJ degree program offers five concentrations to choose from and has multiple start dates throughout the year. Additionally, CTU’s online bachelor degree programs were recognized by U.S News & World Report in 2016.

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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    Dependent on concentration
  • Program Availability

    Online | Denver | Colorado Springs

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  • Program Outline

    The Foundation of CTU's Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree

    The number of quarter credits needed to complete the overall bachelor's degree can vary based on the concentration selected by the student. At CTU, core classes comprise 56 quarter credits and include:

    • Criminal Law
    • Criminal Procedures
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • Laws of Evidence
    • Criminology

    Of course, many people wonder what 'criminology' actually is and how it differs from other components within the criminal justice system. In fact, criminology is a topic that will be explored in more depth within CTU's program, but that looks at the motivations behind crime, significant offense areas and related statistics and trends.

    In addition to the 56 quarter credits needed in the core criminal justice classes, students take another 66 quarter credits in general education. These provide students with the opportunity to become well-rounded in varying subjects and to use their general knowledge to become better prepared to enter the workforce. The general education classes in the criminal justice program at CTU include, but are not limited to, Introductory Psychology, Algebra for Business, and Speech Communications.

    Concentrations for the Criminal Justice Degree

    The 122 combined quarter credits in the general and core education classes are just the building blocks of CTU's criminal justice degree. Within the criminal justice major at the school, students then have the opportunity to choose one of five areas of specializations that include:

    • Cybercrime and Security
    • Forensic Investigation
    • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    • Human Services
    • A general concentration

    Pursuing a concentration allows students to gain niche skills on top of their general understanding of criminal justice procedures and the enforcement of the law. While the concentration area requires completion of 60 quarter-credit hours, approximately 20 hours of these are in required coursework while the remaining 40 are chosen from elective options. (Please note that not all electives may be available at both campuses or online.)

    Finally, an internship or capstone project is required as part of the concentration area. The internship allows students to gain skills in the field under the supervision of a professional while the capstone project enables students to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. When students have completed their campus-based or online criminal justice degree at CTU, they should be able to:

    • Seek a job in a relevant criminal justice field
    • Explain how the criminal justice system functions and who it serves
    • Understand how the U.S. corrections system works
    • Use professional skills and technical knowledge to build success once employed
  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    CJUS261Ethics in Criminal Justice4.5
    COMS201Technical and Professional Writing4.5
    COMS203Speech Communications4.5
    ENGL104Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105Professional Written Communications 4.5
    GOVT201American Government and Public Affairs4.5
    MATH102Introduction to College Math4.5
    MATH106Algebra for Business4.5
    POLS101Introduction to Political Science4.5
    PSYC102Introductory Psychology4.5
    SCI101Introduction to the Sciences4.5
    SCI103Science and Technology- Laboratory Course1.5
    SCI201Environmental Science and Sustainability4.5
    SCI203Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course1.5
    SOCL102Introductory Sociology4.5
    UNIV104Academic and Career Success4.5
    Total Credit Hours:66
    Courses: Core
    CJUS141Introduction to Criminal Justice4
    CJUS201Law Enforcement Operations and Report Writing4
    CJUS254Introduction to Homeland Security4
    CJUS263American Corrections4
    CJUS280Victimology4
    CJUS285Juvenile Delinquency4
    CJUS290Criminal Law4
    CJUS343Criminology4
    CJUS375Criminal Procedure4
    CJUS440The Laws of Evidence4
    PBAD201Public Administration4
    PSYC210Social Psychology4
    PSYC337Abnormal Psychology in the Workplace4
    UNIV201Career Planning and Management4
    Total Credit Hours:56
    Courses: Concentration
    CJFI360Introduction to Criminalistics4
    CJUS430Data Analysis in Criminal Justice4
    CJUS448Criminal Investigation4
    CJUS460Interview and Interrogation4
     
    CJUS475Internship4
    or
    CJUS484Criminal Justice Capstone4
     
    ELESelect 40 credit hours of electives from the list below40
    Total Credit Hours:60

    note that all courses are not offered at all campuses. Consult with your academic advisor.

    Courses: Elective Choices
    CJFI430Medico-Legal Death Investigations4
    CJUS275Security Management4
    CJHS311Study of Alcohol Use and Abuse5
    CJHS315Child Abuse4
    CJUS350Community Corrections4
    CJUS352Community Policing4
    CJUS354Criminal Courts4
    CJUS356Loss Prevention4
    CJUS360Legal Elements of Fraud4
    CJUS380White Collar and Financial Crimes4
    CJUS385Fraud Prevention & Deterrence4
    CJUS420Family and Domestic Violence4
    CJUS422Probation and Parole4
    CJUS424Constitutional Law4
    CJUS434Terrorism and Organized Crime4
    CJUS450Forensic Criminology4
    CJHS470Sex Crimes4
    LANG100Survival Spanish4
    PSYC436Introduction to Criminal Profiling4
    SOCL325Licit and Illicit Drugs4

    Total Credit Hours: 182

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    Tuition

    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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    Ways to Save

    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

  • Outcomes

    No matter what job prospects students are interested in, occupations that could be available to criminal justice graduates include:2

    • Compliance Manager
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Project Administrator or Lead
    • Security Manager

    Of course a degree never guarantees a job, but an education can be essential to compete in the field.

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