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.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 01/11/2021


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.

Criminology and criminal justice professionals fill vital roles across the legal system. They work as law enforcement officers, take on key responsibilities in courts and prisons, and engage in a variety of related private sector occupations. By working to ensure compliance with legal standards and diminish crime, criminology degree graduates provide a valuable public service.

4+1 accelerated program option

 

High-achieving students in the bachelor’s in criminal justice program with a 3.40 GPA or higher are eligible to apply to an accelerated program that allows them to complete their bachelor’s and master’s in criminal justice in five years.

Students can apply to the accelerated program and then begin their accelerated program coursework after completing 90 credit hours in their undergraduate program. This option allows 12 credit hours to be shared between the bachelor’s and master’s program, allowing students to cut costs. Students interested in this option can discuss it with their academic advisor after beginning the program.

Provisional acceptance: High achieving seniors in the Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice program with a 3.50 or higher GPA are provisionally admitted into the Master of Arts in criminal justice program. Qualified students only need to submit an application and personal statement. The requirement for letters of recommendation is waived.

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 230: Introduction to Policing


CRJ 203: Courts and Sentencing


CRJ 240: Introduction to Corrections


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.

Correctional Officer


Growth: -7.7 %
Salary: $43,540

Corrections Officer


Growth: 7.0 %
Salary: $61,050

Corrections Sergeant


Growth: -7.8 %
Salary: $62,500

Customs Officer


Growth: 4.5 %
Salary: $79,970

Detective


Growth: 4.5 %
Salary: $79,970

Forensic Specialist


Growth: 4.5 %
Salary: $79,970

Fraud Investigator


Growth: 9.6 %
Salary: $69,520

Intelligence Officer


Growth: 4.5 %
Salary: $79,970

Police Sergeant/Detective


Growth: 6.6 %
Salary: $87,910

Learn from professionals in criminology

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Learn from professionals in criminology

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Criminal justice requirements

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You are considered a freshman 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).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

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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