Online Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree
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 ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth year in a row*
* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 best online programs.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- October 06, 2020
- November 17, 2020
- January 05, 2021
- Colorado Springs
- Denver South
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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is a 182-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program consists of 66 credit hours of general education requirements; 56 credit hours devoted to the criminal justice core; and 60 credit hours consisting of the general track plus ten elective options.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed for individuals seeking to begin or advance their education in the law enforcement, corrections, or judicial fields. The curriculum serves as preparation for students interested in serving the diverse needs of the criminal justice system. It is designed to provide a solid foundation in the administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, and law enforcement. The program emphasizes the development of communication skills and professional skills along with the technical knowledge that will help students prepare for positions of responsibility and leadership within the criminal justice community.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
The mission of the College of Security Studies is to offer degrees in criminal justice, homeland security, and cybersecurity to create the professionals that will address issues these fields are facing today and likely to confront tomorrow. The College anticipates industry and enterprise trends that have significant societal impact in order to provide diverse programs that cultivate professional competencies, critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, and cultural sensitivity to promote social justice and global security.
Courses: General EducationCredits
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 CJUS484 Criminal Justice Capstone 4 Select 40 credit hours of electives from the list below 40 Total Credit Hours: 60
Courses: Elective ChoicesCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJFI430 Medico-Legal Death Investigations 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 LANG100 Survival Spanish 4 PSYC436 Introduction to Criminal Profiling 4 SOCL325 Licit and Illicit Drugs 4
Total Credit Hours: 182
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