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Purdue University Global | BS in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice

Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice program is designed to develop the management, communication, and analytical skills needed to begin many careers in the juvenile justice system. Learn more about Purdue University Global's BS in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements:

Those interested in this program should have excellent communication skills and a keen eye for details. Students should also be able to think quick on their feet and have strong decision-making abilities. Minimum requirements for this program include a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global'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.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice / Juvenile Justice Emphasis:

Coursework in this program involves foundational criminal justice topics such as investigation techniques, criminal procedures, and ethics in the criminal justice field. Concentration coursework will focus in on working effectively with juveniles in the criminal justice system. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Juvenile Justice Concentration Requirements (29 credits)

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

Major Requirements (88 credits)

  • CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 102: Criminology I 1
  • CJ 210: Criminal Investigation
  • CJ 212: Crime Prevention 1
  • CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • CJ 216: Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems 1
  • CJ 227: Criminal Procedure
  • CJ 230: Criminal Law for Criminal Justice 1
  • CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
  • CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • 300/400 Level: Major Electives (see below)
  • CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice

Core Degree Requirements and Electives (33 credits)

  • 100/200-level: General Education Courses (3 courses)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course
  • 200-level: Communication Course
  • 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course
  • 300/400-level: Science Course
  • 300/400-level: Social Science Course

Open Electives Requirement (30 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete Purdue University Global'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 Purdue University Global 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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