Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Human Services

Leaders in the world of Criminal Justice need a unique set of skills to properly administrate and manage law enforcement agencies, courts, and correctional facilities. Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Human Services (BSCJ-HS) degree program is designed to help equip you with those leadership-oriented skills.

In addition to administrative duties, the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Human Services program focuses on helping others, particularly youth, through counseling and other human services. The BSCJ-HS program features courses developed and taught by those with real CJ experience.

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Human Services program requires the completion of 183 quarter-credit hours. These credit hours are comprised of general education, core education, and concentration-specific courses.

    The general education courses focus on key concepts in subjects like math, science, and writing, while the core education courses focus on universal Criminal Justice skills and knowledge. Lastly, the concentration courses specifically target what students need to know in Criminal Justice human services, with attention given to counseling, addiction prevention, administration, and working with at-risk youth.

    In total, the BSCJ-HS program includes:

    • General education: For the general education component of the BSCJ-HS degree program, students will engage with core subjects like math, science, and writing in order to obtain a well-rounded, career-focused education. Additionally, students will spend some time learning the importance of Ethics in Criminal Justice and other topics that will inform the study of CJ. 66 quarter-credit hours are included in the general education component.

      Key general education courses in the program include Ethics in Criminal Justice, Introductory Sociology, American Government and Public Affairs, Introductory Psychology, Technical and Professional Writing, and many more.

    • Core education: The core education courses of this degree program focus on relevant skills and knowledge for all three phases of Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections. These courses are shared amongst all of the Criminal Justice degree concentrations. Graduation from requires 56-quarter credit hours of core education courses.

      Included in the core education for this program are courses like Criminal Law, Criminology, Social Psychology, Juvenile Delinquency, Introduction to Homeland Security, and others.

    • Concentration: It’s during the concentration component of the program that BSCJ-HS students narrow their focus on the administrative and human services-oriented components of Criminal Justice. These courses focus on concepts like counseling, administration, drug abuse prevention, and much more. Concentration courses comprise 61 quarter-credit hours, including time dedicated to an internship or capstone project.

      Examples of human services-centric courses in this concentration include Human Service Practice in the Criminal Justice System, Child Abuse, Drug/Alcohol Use and Abuse, and Introduction to Family Counseling, among many others.

    The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Human Services degree program requires students to either complete a Criminal Justice capstone project that demonstrates cumulative knowledge from all phases of the program or obtain an industry-relevant internship.

  • 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
    HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century4.5
    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
    HUMNELEHumanities Elective4.5
    Total Credit Hours:66
    Courses: Core
    CJUS141Introduction to Criminal Justice4
    CJUS201Law Enforcement Operations and Report Writing4
    CJUS254Introduction to Homeland Security4
    CJUS263American Corrections4
    CJUS285Juvenile Delinquency4
    CJUS290Criminal Law4
    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
    CJHS300Human Service Practice in the Criminal Justice Setting4
    CJHS311Study of Alcohol Use and Abuse5
    CJHS315Child Abuse4
    CJHS320Alcohol & Drug Treatment Continuum5
    CJHS325Drug Use and Abuse5
    CJHS337Ethics for the CD Counselor5
    CJHS399Chemical Dependency Elective - Special Topics5
    CJHS411Foundations of Individual Counseling5
    CJHS421Foundations of Group Counseling5
    CJHS425Introduction to Family Counseling5
    CJHS480CJ - Human Services Capstone4
    PBAD301Grant Writing Basics4
    PSYC301Child and Adolescent Psychopathology5
    Total Credit Hours:61

    Total Credit Hours: 183

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    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

    Upon completion of Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Human Services degree program, students will be equipped to:

    • Apply core human services skills to the criminal justice field
    • Know what is required of chemical dependency counselors
    • Understand the sociological and psychological components to human behavior
    • Explain the ethical and legal issues regarding client relationships

    CTU's BSCJ-HS degree program focuses on preparing students for leadership roles in Criminal Justice. With courses taught by educators with real-world CJ experience, students are able to get acclimated with the real-world demands of leaders, administrators, and other human-service related roles in Criminal Justice.

    Potential career paths for BSCJ-HS graduates include:2

    • Project Administrator
    • Project Leader
    • Team Lead
    • Compliance Manager
    • Senior Program Manager
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1Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus

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