Kaplan University

BS in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice program is designed to provide students the opportunity to study a broad-based liberal arts curriculum and focused major area of study. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juvenile Justice here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice Emphasis

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice program is designed to help prepare students to pursue various career opportunities in the criminal justice field, including in Juvenile Justice.* The program combines general education requirements, which offer students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in mathematics, science, critical thinking, and communications, with major requirements designed to provide a solid foundation in the theory and practice of criminal justice. Within the major area of study, students have the opportunity to study criminological theory, legal principles, research methodology, and operations of criminal justice agencies. The specialization in Juvenile Justice offers students the opportunity to study juvenile delinquency and justice, case management techniques, and abnormal psychology.

Learning Format:


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 / Juvenile Justice Emphasis:

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

Juvenile Justice Specialization Requirements

  • 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)

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)
  • CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • CJ 212: Crime Prevention
    • CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
    • CJ 264: White-Collar Crime
    • CJ 266: Deviance and Violence
    • CJ 293: Investigating Terrorism
  • Choose one of the following (6 credits):
    • CJ 343: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
    • CJ 350: Organized Crime
    • CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations

Core Degree 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)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice program may be interested in pursuing further education opportunities. Advanced degree program, including master's and professional degree programs, could help prepare students for more advanced positions or a wider range of employment responsibilities.

Advanced degree opportunities for graduates could include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Social Work
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • Master of Public Affairs

Career Paths:

The BS in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice program at Kaplan University could help prepare students for the workforce with a number of skills, including critical thinking, analytical, communication, and research skills. Graduates could also gain knowledge of criminological theory, organizational behavior, emerging technology, and juvenile justice systems.

Position program graduates could pursue include:

  • Probation officer
  • Public safety officer
  • Education officer
  • Juvenile corrections officer

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