BA in Criminal Justice

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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

This degree program examines the scientific study of criminal behaviors in their multifaceted sociological settings to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, criminal law or social work.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program explores the complex profiles of those who commit crimes. Upon graduation, you will have the opportunity to apply your communication skills, analytical problem-solving abilities and strong ethical principles to your position in law enforcement, criminal law or social work.  

As a student, you will:

 

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
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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.

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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.

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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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