Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - General

Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - general degree program is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge applicable to a broad range of criminal justice roles and responsibilities. The core courses in this program focus on a number of substantive areas relevant to the field of criminal justice, including: law enforcement operations, criminology, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal justice ethics, corrections, criminal investigation and evidence.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  182

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online:1 Online, Colorado Springs & Denver

Program Details

Career Paths
Alumni Experience
Employer Experience
  • Concentrations

    The General concentration is just one of the industry-relevant concentrations CTU offers in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. Choose the option below that best supports your educational goals.

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  • Career Paths

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity— starting with the right Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – General include:2

    • Compliance Manager
    • Security Manager
    • Senior Program Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Project Administrator
    • Project Leader
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Team Leader
    • Project Lead
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  • Curriculum

    The following courses are specific to the General concentration. To view courses that must be completed for all Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degrees, visit the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice overview page.

    • Intro to Criminalistics
    • Security Management 
    • Data Analysis for Criminal Justice 
    • Terrorism and Organized Crime 
    • Criminal Investigation 
    • Forensic Criminology 
    • Interview and Interrogation or Internship or Criminal Justice Capstone
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Licit and Illicit Drugs

    Electives:  Select 20 credit hours of Criminal Justice courses

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    • Alumni Experience

      Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about. 3

      Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
      Satisfaction with experience at CTU
      Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
      Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
      CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
      My education has helped me advance my career
      Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
      Engage in creative problem solving
      Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
      Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
      Communicate effectively with co-workers
      Communicate effectively with my manager

      *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency

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    • Employer Experience

      Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.4,5

      Employer Experience Rating (%)*
      Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
      CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
      CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job6
      Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
      Analyze data effectively
      Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
      Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization6
      Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
      Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
      Are able to negotiate compromises
      Take direction well
      Work effectively in a team environment
      Coordinate team projects effectively
      Manage conflicts effectively
      Provide input on planning for business
      Take initiative to lead projects6
      Think about how their projects will impact the business6

      *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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    1Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus.

    2; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

    3Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

    4Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

    5Employer Survey - 2011 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2010 CTU graduates.

    6Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.

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