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BS in Criminal Justice - Advanced Topics Criminal Justice AIM

Students of Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Accelerate Into Master's (AIM) program have the opportunity to take advanced courses that count toward a master's degree. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Accelerate Into Master's (AIM)

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

It could be beneficial for prospective students of this program to have taken prior coursework in criminal justice and psychology, as courses examine criminal behavior theories, the criminal justice system, and treatment of crime victims. Aspiring students must be at least 21 years of age or have 60 quarter credit hours if they are under 21. Members of the military and veterans are also accepted. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice AIM program at Walden University is designed to prepare students for further studies beyond the bachelor's degree with master's-level courses addressing victimology, criminology, criminal justice legislation, and civil rights. Concentration course topics include theories of criminal behavior, crime victim protection, changing perspectives on civil rights, and the relationship between the criminal justice system and special populations, such as women and people of color. In core classes, students could review basic practices and concepts in corrections, criminal law, law enforcement, and courts; a criminology course examines crime prevention and the nature of crime, while a victimology class discusses types of victimization and the ethics of human and civil rights. Ethics and diversity in criminal justice are further detailed in the program's capstone course.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

181 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Accelerate Into Master's (AIM):

To earn the appropriate number of credits for this degree, students must take 46 credits in the general education curriculum, 45 credits in core criminal justice courses, 20 credits in concentration classes, 65 credits in electives, and a 5-credit capstone. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (46 credits)

  • Students take a minimum of two courses in each of the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Sciences
  • Introduction to College Algebra

Core Courses (45 credits)

  • Contemporary Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminology and Social Control
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Corrections
  • Courts and Judicial Process
  • Law Enforcement
  • Data Analysis for Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Introduction to Victimology

Elective Courses (65 credits)

  • Students select a total of 13 undergraduate courses.

Concentration Courses: Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice (AIM) (20 credits)

  • The Nature of Crime and Criminology
  • Victimology
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Special Populations

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone: Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the BS in Criminal Justice - Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice AIM program could immediately begin to seek their graduate degree. A master's degree in criminal justice could be required to obtain administrative or academic careers in this field. Master's degree studies could provide more advanced discussions about criminological theories, crime analysis methods, and causes of crime.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Criminology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management

Career Paths:

Once they have earned the BS in Criminal Justice - Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice AIM, graduates could explore expanded roles in law enforcement, corrections, security, or investigations. In these roles, they might apply their skills in the areas of criminal behavior analysis and victim advocacy in addition to their knowledge of civil rights and criminal justice legislation.

Some career options that graduates could look into include:

  • Detective
  • Private investigator
  • Loss prevention manager
  • Corporate security manager

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