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Program Overview

The BA in Criminal Justice is offered 100% online, which permits students to achieve their academic and career goals on their schedule. The online courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with the professor and their peers. Students will learn a wealth of information while enrolled in the Criminal Justice online program, including the history of correctional systems and practices; measurement, causes, and characteristics of crime; and legal aspects of criminal procedure.

Graduates will also acquire necessary skills and knowledge about arrest, search, and seizure; violence and victimization issues; crime prevention and services; moral, ethical, religious issues pertaining to criminal justice; juvenile delinquency; policies, patterns, psychology, physiology, and legal aspects of drugs; and correctional systems.

Coursework Details

By working online, you can take as many as four courses in one seven-week term to complete the degree program quicker.  If you complete two Flex courses within five weeks, you can add up to two more for free.  Additionally, the program allows you to complete, online, any general education course requirement you may have. Typically, courses taken as part of an associate’s degree will transfer to complete most of the general education courses.

General Education (42 semester hours) - courses in communications, literature, humanities, fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics that are common in all college degree programs. These are viewed as being the liberal arts component of a degree and are foundational to the upper-division courses.

Core Courses (54 semester hours) - courses that include 30 semester hours of criminal justice, 12 semester hours in communications, management, and sociology, and 12 more semester hours of upper-level courses in criminal justice, homeland security, management, organizational leadership, political science, psychology, and sociology. 

General Electives (27 semester hours) – courses that permit students to take additional work in other subjects that interest them and that will be helpful in their career field.