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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The program is designed to explore the complex profiles of those who commit crimes, analyze how the American correctional system manages them, and evaluates the impact of Homeland Security in a post 9/11 world. The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree examines the scientific study of criminal behaviors in their multifaceted sociological settings.

It imparts leadership skills to a new class of specialist, one that is dedicated to employing professional knowledge of social groups and their individual members to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the American criminal justice system. Graduates will be able to apply effective communication skills, analytical problem-solving abilities, and strong ethical principles among others to become valuable members of organizations in both the private and public sectors.  Typically students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice embark on a long career in law enforcement, criminal law, or even social work.  Brandman University is a great school for those looking to study towards a bachelor degree in criminal justice online.

Students may customize their criminal justice program by specializing in one of the following concentration areas:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Legal System: Demonstrate an understanding of the legal system, including where and how the system of criminal justice and its actors fit within it. 
  • Theory: Apply basic criminological and sociological theories to various criminal and deviant behaviors.
  • Ethics: Demonstrate an understanding of various ethical and legal dilemmas that typically confront criminal justice professionals whether employed domestically or internationally.
  • Pressures: Demonstrate an understanding of the pressures that diverse, social, cultural, economic and political actors have exerted, and continue to exert, on criminal justice systems, both domestically and internationally.
  • Research: Evaluate published research pertaining to a criminal justice issue, trend, or practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.


Core Requirements:

CJCU 250 Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice 3
CJCU 465 Management in Criminal Justice Organizations 3
CJCU 380 Correctional Systems 3
CJCU 403 Police and Society 3
LEST 300 Foundations of Law 3
POSU 344 Constitutional Rights 3
SOCU 301 Social Research Design 3
SOCU 420 Sociology of Deviant Behavior 3
SOCU 450 Social and Political Theory 3
SSCU 494 Social Science Capstone Course 3
Total Credits 30

General Criminal Justice Concentration

CJCU 430 Applied Criminology 3
CJCU 432 Communication and Conflict Resolution for Criminal Justice 3
CJCU 434 Diversity, Conflict, and Crime 3
Total Credits 9

Major Electives (3-6 credits. A maximum of one elective course may be lower division.)
The exact number of elective credits depends on the credit requirements (9 or 12) of a student’s selected concentration. Thus, if a student selects a concentration that has a 12 credit requirement, then the student will take one (1) elective course. Students may choose from criminal justice, organizational leadership, political science, psychology, social science, or sociology courses.

Total Credits 45

Minor in Criminal Justice

A minor in criminal justice requires a total of 18 credits distributed as outlined below.

Minor Core:

CJCU 250 Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice 3
CJCU 380 Correctional Systems 3
CJCU 403 Police and Society 3
Total Credits 9

Students choose one of the following tracks to fulfill their remaining 9 credits within the minor:

General track:

Three CJCU electives 9

Homeland Security track:

CJCU 430 Applied Criminology 3
CJCU 450 Homeland Security 3
CJCU 474 Counterterrorism 3
CJCU 475 Domestic Terrorism 3

Victim Advocacy/Social Justice track:

CJCU 416 Domestic Violence 3
CJCU 418 Victim Advocacy 3
CJCU 436 Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences 3
CJCU 438 Mental Health Issues in Society 3

Forensics track:

CJCU 405 Forensic Studies 3
CJCU 406 Forensic Documentation 3
CJCU 408 Crime Scene Investigation 3
CJCU 430 Applied Criminology 3

Security Services track:

CJCU 451 Information Security 3
CJCU 452 Principles of Security Management 3
CJCU 454 Risk Analysis, Loss Prevention and Emergency Planning 3
CJCU 455 Security Administration 3
Total Credits 18
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