Online Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice
The online criminal justice degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge to explore the impact of crime and implement effective strategies to reduce it. Throughout the Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice degree, you’ll gain the research, analytical and communications skills required for working in complex criminal justice occupations.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What can you learn in a bachelor’s in criminal justice?
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.
In this online criminal justice degree, 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 well prepared with the skills you need to enter the field confidently.
Criminology degree jobs
Graduates with a criminal justice degree 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 and detectives, probation and parole officers, court administration or criminal psychologists. With this degree, you can also select from a variety of relevant occupations in the public sector. You can seek out security and loss prevention roles in the private sector. Additionally, you can use your undergraduate degree as the foundation for your pursuit of post-bachelor education in related fields.
What is criminology and criminal justice?
Criminology is the interdisciplinary study of delinquent or deviant behavior. This social science analyzes the where, how and why of criminal behavior and the impact it has on society. The focus of this study is to determine what led an individual to commit a crime. Criminal justice relates to the individuals who investigate these crimes and bring criminals to trial. It also relates to those who monitor inmates within correctional facilities and those who supervise individuals released to pretrial services, probation, parole and community supervision.
Criminal justice classes
Much of the coursework for the online criminal justice degree emphasizes communication, behavior and justice studies. You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with classmates through projects, discussions and case 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 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, neighborhoods and crime, 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 240: Introduction to Corrections
CRJ 230: Introduction to Policing
CRJ 203: Courts and Sentencing
What can you do with a criminal justice degree?
Criminal justice graduates can select between careers in law enforcement, corrections, courts or the public sector. There is significant anticipated growth and demand for criminal justice graduates. Specific career opportunities include work in cybersecurity, forensics, intelligence analysis, investigations and similar roles. With a degree from ASU Online, you’ll stand ready against the competition.
Criminal justice requirements
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).
Join a college that leads in criminal justice programming
The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.
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