Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides preparation in many areas of the criminal justice system. Topics include but are not limited to: deviant behavior, forensics, law enforcement and investigation, victimology, private security, corrections and juvenile justice and how components work together and are governed by our laws, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution. This exploration of the American criminal justice system culminates with an emphasis on research, analysis and the future of the system.
The following objectives are designed to meet BSU mission and its objectives.
- To develop students’ ability to understand the tools and procedures used by various agencies within the criminal justice system.
- To develop students’ ability to think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- To assist students in becoming more proficient in researching, collecting and organizing complex data, solving problems and working collaboratively.
- To prepare students for employment and advancement in criminal justice related fields.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, students must earn 120.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:
|Criminal Justice Lower Division Courses ( 24.0 credit hours )|
|Criminology||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Criminal Justice||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Corrections||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Law Enforcement||3.0 credit hours|
|Communications and Writing for CJ Professionals||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Juvenile Procedures||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Law||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Investigation||3.0 credit hours|
Lower Division General Education Courses ( 36.0 credit hours )
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Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.
|Criminal Justice Upper Division Courses ( 51.0 credit hours )|
|Deviant Behavior||3.0 credit hours|
|Victimology||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Justice Management||3.0 credit hours|
|Organized Crime||3.0 credit hours|
|White-Collar and Economic Crime||3.0 credit hours|
|Drug Control||3.0 credit hours|
|Terrorism||3.0 credit hours|
|Ethics in Criminal Justice||3.0 credit hours|
|Alternative Punishment||3.0 credit hours|
|Private Security||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Forensic Science||3.0 credit hours|
|Comparative Criminal Justice Systems||3.0 credit hours|
|Technology and Crime||3.0 credit hours|
|Integrated Criminal Justice Capstone Project||3.0 credit hours|
|Constitutional Criminal Procedures||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Evidence and Procedures||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior||3.0 credit hours|
|Upper Division General Education Courses ( 9.0 credit hours )|
|Intermediate Statisticals||3.0 credit hours|
|Critical Thinking||3.0 credit hours|
|Sociology of the Urban Community||3.0 credit hours|