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BS in Criminal Justice

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge of the criminal justice field. Students have the opportunity to customize their curriculum to develop specialized skills in specific areas, including corrections, crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, homeland security, juvenile justice, and law enforcement. Read more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide a broad liberal arts education and foundational knowledge of the criminal justice field. Students who enroll in this program have the opportunity to study criminal law and offenses, applied research methods, and real-world criminal justice scenarios. Students can also further specialize their degree by pursuing one of the following emphasis areas: corrections, crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, homeland security, juvenile justice, or law enforcement.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements

  • CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety (5 credits)
  • CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (5 credits)
  • CJ 102: Criminology I (5 credits)
  • CJ 210: Criminal Investigation (5 credits)
  • CJ 216: Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems (5 credits)
  • CJ 227: Criminal Procedure (5 credits)
  • CJ 230: Criminal Law for Criminal Justice (5 credits)
  • CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics (6 credits)
  • CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Major Electives (24 credits)
  • CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following 200-level criminal justice courses:
    • CJ 212: Crime Prevention (5 credits)
    • CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology (5 credits)
    • CJ 264: White-Collar Crime (5 credits)
    • CJ 266: Deviance and Violence (5 credits)
    • CJ 293: Investigating Terrorism (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following 300-level criminal justice courses:
    • CJ 343: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (6 credits)
    • CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
    • CJ 350: Organized Crime (6 credits)
    • CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (6 credits)

Core Requirements and Electives

  • 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Physical Science Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Social Science Course (6 credits)
  • Open Electives (59 credits)

Emphasis Areas

Option I: Law Enforcement

  • CJ 333: Family and Domestic Violence (6 credits)
  • CJ 355: Homeland Security (6 credits)
  • CJ 370: Crime Scene Investigation II (6 credits)
  • CJ 411: Drugs and Alcohol in the Criminal Justice System (6 credits)

Option II: Corrections

  • CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections (5 credits)
  • CJ 355: Homeland Security (6 credits)
  • CJ 411: Drugs and Alcohol in the Criminal Justice System (6 credits)
  • CJ 433: Probation and Parole (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Criminal Justice Elective (6 credits)

Option III: Forensic Psychology

  • CJ 325: Psychology for Law Enforcement (6 credits)
  • CJ 440: Crisis Intervention (6 credits)
  • SS 440: Abnormal Psychology (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Criminal Justice Elective (6 credits)

Option IV: Crime Scene Investigation

  • CJ 305: Legal Foundations of Criminal Evidence (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (6 credits):
    • CJ 327: Crime Scene Photography
    • CJ 328: Forensic Fingerprint Analysis
  • CJ 370: Crime Scene Investigation II (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (6 credits):
    • CJ 385: Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence Analysis
    • CJ 386: Forensic Biology and Impression Evidence (6 credits)

Option VI: Juvenile Justice

  • CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency (5 credits)
  • CJ 333: Family and Domestic Violence (6 credits)
  • CJ 420: Juvenile Justice (6 credits)
  • CJ 445: Case Management (6 credits)
  • PS 440: Abnormal Psychology (6 credits)

Option VII: Homeland Security

  • CJ 355: Homeland Security (6 credits)
  • CJ 407: Crisis Negotiation (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Criminal Justice Electives (12 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program could be interested in pursuing a master's degree in the same field. Earning a master's degree may help students develop a wider skill-set, broaden career opportunities, and accept more responsibility in the workplace.

Master's degree options for graduates could include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in:
    • Corrections
    • Global Issues in Criminal Justice
    • Law
    • Leadership and Executive Management
    • Policing

Career Paths:

While enrolled in Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, students have the opportunity to study the criminal justice system as well as its agencies and institutions. After completing the program, students could pursue entry-level employment or advance their current careers in the criminal justice field.*

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Police officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Probation officer
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Computer forensics specialist
  • Homeland security professional
  • Juvenile case manager
  • Security guard

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