The Bachelor of Criminal Justice is offered 100% online, which permits students to achieve their academic and career goals on their schedule. The online courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with the professor and their peers.
Students will learn a wealth of information while enrolled in the Criminal Justice online program, including the history of correctional systems and practices; measurement, causes and characteristics of crime; and legal aspects of criminal procedure.
Graduates will also acquire necessary skills and knowledge about arrest, search, and seizure; violence and victimization issues; crime prevention and services; moral, ethical, religious issues pertaining to criminal justice; juvenile delinquency; policies, patterns, psychology, physiology, and legal aspects of drugs; and correctional systems.
Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness Concentration
This program is designed for adults who seek careers related to homeland security/emergency preparedness. It is geared toward first-time freshmen and those without an extensive academic background in criminal justice. Graduates who choose this concentration are prepared for positions with local, state and federal government agencies such as homeland security/emergency preparedness agencies, city and state police and sheriffs' departments, probation and parole departments, FBI, State Law Enforcement Division, drug enforcement agencies, the Secret Service, correctional institutions, juvenile justice agencies and in private, industrial security.
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice program consists of 123 credit hours structured in a convenient eight-week format for working adults. Skilled and experienced professors with real world expertise instruct the courses and will work directly with you to expand your knowledge and improve your skills.
General Education (42 semester hours) - courses in communications, literature, humanities, fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics that are common in all college degree programs. These are viewed as being the liberal arts component of a degree and are foundational to the upper division courses.
Core Courses (54 semester hours) - courses that include 30 semester hours of criminal justice, 12 semester hours in communications, management and sociology and 12 hours of Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness concentration courses.
General Electives (27 Semester Hours) – courses that permit students to take additional work in other subjects that interest them and that will be helpful in their career field.