Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Reach your career goals with a criminal justice degree

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) provides interested professionals the opportunity to be part of the solutions that professionals in the criminal justice field create each and every day. The Bachelor degree provides a great background to go into criminal justice related jobs.

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Criminal Justice Degree Overview

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) provides interested professionals the opportunity to be part of the solutions that professionals in the criminal justice field create each and every day. The Bachelor degree provides a great background to go into criminal justice related jobs.
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Criminal Justice Courses & Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program consists of 40 courses for 120 academic credits. All courses are three credits.

Lower Division Requirements (60 credits)

18 credits
  • COMP 110 Computer and Office Applications
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra
12 credits
  • CJLE 202 Criminal Justice Research and Writing
  • CJLE 230 Critical Thinking in Criminal Justice
  • CJLE 240 Criminology
  • CJLE 245 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional
12 credits
  • CJLE 235 Juvenile Justice Systems and Court Involved Youth
  • CJLE 250 Criminal Court Systems
  • CJLE 255 Law Enforcement Organization and Administration
  • CJLE 260 Corrections
6 credits
  • CJLE 265 Criminal Procedure
  • CJLE 270 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures
12 credits
  • CJLE 26 Criminal Behavior
  • CJLE 275 Criminal Investigations
  • CJLE 257 Police Theory and Practices
  • CJLE 275 Current Issues in Criminal Justice

Upper Division (60 credits)

12 credits
  • ENGL 395 Research and Report Writing
  • MATH 323 Research and Statistical Analysis
  • PSYC 201 Principles of Psychology
  • SCIE 312 Environmental Science and Sustainability
9 credits
  • CJLE 310 Organized Crime
  • CJLE 315 Gangs and Subcultures
  • CJLE 320 White Collar Crime
15 credits
  • CJLE 330 Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • CJLE 335 Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • CJLE 345 Crime, Media, and Culture
  • CJLE 355 Social Justice and Crime
  • CJLE 365 Drugs and Crime
6 credits
  • CJLE 360 Victimology
  • CJLE 370 Community-Based Corrections
9 credits
  • CJLE 380 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJLE 385 Forensic Sciences
  • CJLE 386 Security Management
9 credits
  • CJLE 387 Counterintelligence
  • CJLE 388 Cybercrime and Digital Terrorism
  • CJLE 415 Current Issues in Forensics and Criminal Investigations

Criminal Justice Requirements & Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice are able to:

  • Obtain general knowledge about the criminal justice system, including familiarity with the criminal law, criminal procedure, victimization, the adjudication process, corrections options, police-community relations, evidence, ethics and theory.
  • Recognize the importance of federal and state statutory law, case law, and constitutional law as it constrains the police, the courts, and corrections.
  • Attain the skills necessary to communicate effectively in writing, solving complex problems demonstrating they can see problems from multiple perspectives and still support their final conclusions with persuasive arguments.
  • Become familiar with the main principles of the United States Constitution. They will learn to apply Constitutional principles relating to individual rights and due process to actual criminal justice problems.
  • Interpret, and evaluate information in a variety of forms while critiquing a crime scene scenario.
  • Approach complex problems from a diverse perspective while considering alternative solutions when critiquing a crime scene scenario.
  • Demonstrate the relationship between crime and the various correlating components as: race, gender, age, social class, and social institutions.
  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

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