Online Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice is designed to equip you with the knowledge needed to explore the impact of crime and implement effective strategies to reduce it. Throughout this program, you’ll gain the research, analytical and communications skills required for working in complex criminal justice occupations.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What you’ll learn in this criminology and criminal justice degree
As a student in this program, you can expect to gain competencies in three core areas of criminology and criminal justice:
- The causes of crime.
- The consequences of crime.
- The role of criminal justice agencies in managing crime.
You’ll learn to conduct appropriate research, develop theories, investigate crime scenes and compose reports. You’ll also have the opportunity to study behavioral science, psychology and logic. With a bachelor’s in criminal justice, you’ll be prepared with the skills you need to enter the field confidently.
This bachelor’s degree can be completed as part of an Accelerated Master’s program. When accepted, you can earn a master’s degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This opportunity saves you time and money while giving you advanced knowledge in your field. Applicable master’s degrees include:
The criminal justice careers you’ll be prepared for
Graduates can choose careers in law enforcement, corrections, the courts and criminal justice case management. The law enforcement public sector encompasses multiple careers, including criminologists, police officers, detectives, probation and parole officers, court administration and criminal psychologists. You can also use your undergraduate degree as the foundation for your pursuit of post-bachelor education in related fields.
Online criminology and criminal justice classes
Much of the coursework for the online criminal justice degree emphasizes communication, behavior and justice studies. In addition to the core curriculum introducing you to criminal justice systems, you’ll have the opportunity to explore criminal justice policy, gender and crime, race and crime. You’ll also take a broad spectrum of electives including, but not limited to, terrorism, sex crimes, drugs and crime, police accountability, community corrections, domestic violence, organized crime, white collar crime, gangs and victimization.
CRJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (SB)
CRJ 302: Research Methods (L)
CRJ 303: Statistical Analysis (CS)
CRJ 309: Criminology (SB)
CRJ 201: Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices
CRJ 203: Courts and Sentencing
CRJ 230: Introduction to Policing
CRJ 240: Introduction to Corrections
Jobs you could get with a criminology and criminal justice degree
Criminal justice graduates are prepared for careers in law enforcement, corrections and the legal system. Specific opportunities include work in cybersecurity, forensics, intelligence analysis, investigations and similar roles. With a criminal justice degree from ASU Online, you’ll be prepared to follow the path of your choosing. Specific career examples include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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