Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The criminal justice sector may offer a wide range of opportunities for students who want to contribute to their community in areas such as law enforcement operations, community policing, and security management. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program emphasizes the development of communication and professional skills and technical knowledge that may help students prepare for roles within the criminal justice community. The core criminal justice curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to establish a broad foundation in the areas of corrections, administration of justice, criminological theory, law adjudication, and law enforcement.
- Offers a general track or concentrations in cybercrime and security, forensic investigation, homeland security and emergency management, or human services
- Has CTU Fast Track™ exams available - a series of mini modules designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives, offering the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know
- Is rated among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row*
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- Colorado Springs
- Aurora (Denver Area)
Courses: General Education
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJUS261 Ethics in Criminal Justice 4.5 COMS201 Technical and Professional Writing 4.5 COMS105 Interpersonal Communication 4.5 or COMS203 Speech Communications 4.5 ENGL104 Introductory Written Communication 4.5 ENGL105 Professional Written Communications 4.5 HIST101 Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5 MATH102 Introduction to College Math 4.5 MATH106 Algebra for Business 4.5 POLS101 Introduction to Political Science 4.5 PSYC102 Introductory Psychology 4.5 SCI101 Introduction to the Sciences 4.5 SCI103 Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5 SCI201 Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5 SCI203 Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course 1.5 SOCL102 Introductory Sociology 4.5 UNIV104 Academic and Career Success 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 66
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJUS141 Introduction to Criminal Justice 4 CJUS201 Law Enforcement Operations and Report Writing 4 CJUS254 Introduction to Homeland Security 4 CJUS263 American Corrections 4 CJUS280 Victimology 4 CJUS285 Juvenile Delinquency 4 CJUS290 Criminal Law 4 CJUS343 Criminology 4 CJUS375 Criminal Procedure 4 CJUS440 The Laws of Evidence 4 PBAD201 Public Administration 4 PSYC210 Social Psychology 4 PSYC337 Abnormal Psychology in the Workplace 4 UNIV201 Career Planning and Management 4 Total Credit Hours: 56
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJFI360 Introduction to Criminalistics 4 CJUS430 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice 4 CJUS448 Criminal Investigation 4 CJUS460 Interview and Interrogation 4 CJUS475 Internship 4 or CJUS484 Criminal Justice Capstone 4 Select 40 credit hours of electives from the list below 40 Total Credit Hours: 60
Courses: Elective Choices
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJFI430 Medico-Legal Death Investigations 4 CJUS275 Security Management 4 CJHS311 Study of Alcohol Use and Abuse 5 CJHS315 Child Abuse 4 CJUS350 Community Corrections 4 CJUS352 Community Policing 4 CJUS354 Criminal Courts 4 CJUS356 Loss Prevention 4 CJUS360 Legal Elements of Fraud 4 CJUS380 White Collar and Financial Crimes 4 CJUS385 Fraud Prevention & Deterrence 4 CJUS420 Family and Domestic Violence 4 CJUS422 Probation and Parole 4 CJUS424 Constitutional Law 4 CJUS434 Terrorism and Organized Crime 4 CJUS450 Forensic Criminology 4 CJHS470 Sex Crimes 4 LANG100 Survival Spanish 4 PSYC436 Introduction to Criminal Profiling 4 SOCL325 Licit and Illicit Drugs 4
Total Credit Hours: 182
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:
- Active duty military status (see the tuition tab for details)
- Number of CTU Fast Track™ courses successfully passed
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
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.
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Classes start January 1, 2019!
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Given the fact that all of the rates reflected below are based on historical data and were subject to varying levels of audit and re-interpretation, students should not rely on them as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future outcomes or employability following completion of a program of study. Indeed, there are numerous factors that affect a student's ability to graduate and secure employment over which we have little or no control. Therefore, our school cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation, or employment for any student.
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Reporting Period: 7/1/2016 through 6/30/2017
Date Submitted: 12/2017
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