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BS in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminal Investigation

Students of Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Investigation program have the opportunity to learn about criminal behavior and investigation procedures. Read more about this online bachelor's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Investigation

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

It could be helpful for aspiring students of this program to possess strong analytical and communication skills, as concentration courses will cover interviewing procedures and crime scene investigations. Aspiring students must be 21 years of age, less than 21 but with 60 quarter credit hours, or a member of the military/veteran. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From crime scene assessment to terrorism, the online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Investigation program at Walden University is designed to offer a broad view of various aspects of crime types, responses, and criminal behavior. Concentration courses provide studies in evidence processing, witness and suspect interrogations, theories of criminal behavior, organized crime, gang activities, drug-related crimes, and domestic and international terrorism. A core course in criminology might discuss the causes of crime, crime prevention, and criminology perspectives. In other core classes, students have the chance to learn more about processes and practices in areas of courts, corrections, criminal law, juvenile delinquency, and law enforcement as well as topics such as U.S. criminal justice systems, criminal justice data analysis, and types of victimization. A capstone course allows for deeper examinations of ethics and decision-making in various areas of criminal justice, such as law enforcement and corrections.

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 a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Investigation:

A total of 181 credits must be earned to complete this program. This total reflects 46 credits in the general education curriculum, 45 credits in core coursework, 65 credits in electives, 20 credits in concentration classes, and a five-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 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 courses from general education, BS in Criminal Justice, or any other Walden University bachelor's degree programs

Concentration Courses: Crime and Criminal Investigation (20 credits)

  • Criminal Evidence and Investigation
  • The Criminal Mind
  • Drugs, Gangs, and Organized Crime
  • Terrorism

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone: Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the BS in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminal Investigation program could seek to further their education for career advancement purposes. A master's degree could be needed to obtain directorial or supervisory roles in crime labs or law enforcement agencies. Master's degree studies in this area might offer more in-depth studies in forensics, criminology research, and crime theories.

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 Crime Scene Investigation

Career Paths:

After being awarded this bachelor's degree in criminal justice, graduates could begin to explore employment opportunities in law enforcement agencies, crime labs, private investigation firms, insurance companies, or government agencies. They might work in areas of crime scene investigations, evidence analysis, terrorist threat response, or criminal behavior study.

Some likely career options for graduates include:

  • Police detective
  • Private detective
  • Fraud investigator
  • Loss prevention officer
  • Crime scene investigator

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