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BS in Criminal Justice - Self-Designed

Aspiring police officers, corrections officers, or criminal investigators could take the first step toward their chosen career path when they study in Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Self-Designed concentration. Continue reading to get more information about this online BS program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Self-Designed concentration

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

While there are no specific academic prerequisites required for this BS in Criminal Justice program, it could be helpful for prospective students to have taken some previous coursework in sociology and psychology. These students might also display strong analytical and communication skills. Aspiring students must be 21 years of age; less than 21 but with 60 quarter credit hours; or a member of the military or a veteran. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What are some causes of crime? Which factors of juvenile delinquency influence prevention and treatment? How do criminal justice professionals use data and research to enforce laws, prevent crimes, and sentence criminals? These are just some examples of the topics that students could expect to learn about when they enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Self-Designed concentration program at Walden University. Other topics explored in the program could include types of victimization, responsibilities in various criminal justice systems, criminal law, law enforcement issues and challenges, processes in corrections, and components of the judicial system. In the capstone, students may focus on the implications and importance of cultural diversity and professional ethics in all areas of criminal justice, such as law enforcement, courts, and corrections. In the Self-Designed concentration, students have the freedom to choose from any criminal justice courses offered in the program's areas of concentration to customize their studies and focus on desired topics that will have the most impact on their intended career path.

Learning Format:


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.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice with a Self-Designed concentration:

To successfully complete this BS in Criminal Justice program, students will be required to complete 45 credits in core coursework and 20 credits in the self-designed concentration as well as 46 credits in general education classes, 65 credits in electives, 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
  • Living and Learning in a Technological World

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: Self-Designed (20 credits)

  • Students select any four courses from among those offered in other BS in Criminal Justice concentrations

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone: Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While the Bachelor in Science in Criminal Justice - Self-Designed program could prepare graduates to enter the workforce, those interested in pursuing administrative or managerial positions might choose to seek a master's degree. At the master's level, students could delve deeper into such topics as crime theories, criminal justice research methodologies, and crime analysis approaches.

Master's degree programs that graduates could consider include:

  • Master of Science in Criminology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Career Paths:

Once they have earned the BS in Criminal Justice degree from Walden University, graduates could possess the skills needed to fill roles in law enforcement organizations, correctional facilities, juvenile delinquent centers, corporate security departments, or government agencies. They might be assigned to investigate crimes, develop security plans, oversee parolees, coordinate policing activities, or ensure public safety.

Roles that graduates could possibly fill might include:

  • Security manager
  • Parole officer
  • Private detective
  • Criminal investigator