Online Bachelor's Degree in CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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Come to know the inner workings of law enforcement, corrections, and the law, and gain the knowledge and skills you need to protect people and their property.

Becoming a professional in the criminal justice field allows you to explore your investigative instincts and perform an important service in the process with an online criminal justice degree. Criminal justice professionals combine their managerial skills with their knowledge of law enforcement to ensure that departments and agencies continue to run smoothly and efficiently.

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develop policies

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provide law updates

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Manage records

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What will I learn in this degree?

CSU Global’s accredited online bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the law enforcement field. Throughout this online degree program, you will...

  • learn to make informed decisions
  • learn how to run an effective criminal justice system
  • develop a complex understanding of the ethical issues and controversial policies facing criminal justice organizations and personnel
  • get an overview of the theories and practices of law enforcement

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Courses in this Degree

This bachelor's degree contains a total of 120 credits broken down into the following categories:

General Education Courses (31 Credits)

CSU Global’s General Education Courses are more than a bachelor’s degree requirement. They are designed to help you develop and strengthen valuable skills demanded in the workplace.

Already taken some courses? Up to 90 total credits (and 64 from community colleges) can be transferred into a bachelor’s degree at CSU Global. Request a Transcript Evaluation Summary to see how close you already are to graduation!

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Core Degree Courses (30 Credits)

  • ORG300 Applying Leadership Principles
    The opportunities for students, in this first course, for all majors are to learn personal and professional leadership styles and drivers by providing an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are utilized across fields of study. Regardless of the roles individuals assume in an organization, they will need to communicate effectively, influence others, and understand the way they respond to others and why. The course engages students in discussion, exploration, and application of leadership skills, principles, and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections leaders have with individuals and organizations. Topics include leadership communication, motivation, style, and characteristics. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.
  • CRJ300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    In this course, students will be introduced to the study of philosophy and history of criminal justice globally. Topics include an examination of criminal justice agencies such as police and security agencies, courts, and corrections, operating as an interacting system. Students will gain foundational knowledge about criminal justice that will prepare them for future studies in discipline and also explore exciting contemporary topics such as white collar crime, cybercrime and criminology. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • CRJ310 Law Enforcement and American Policing
    In this course, students will learn about the history of American policing, current issues and challenges, best practices, various roles and tasks, as well as legal, ethical, and public accountability. A thorough overview of the American system of law enforcement, examining the origins, development, roles, and operations of policing in a modern democratic society will also be covered. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the issues involved in policing a democratic society and examine critical issues and new advances in law enforcement. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • CRJ305 Criminology
    In this course, students explore crime, its micro and macro social context, and underlying causes. Students will be introduced to various theoretical perspectives explaining crime and, by the end of the course, apply relevant theories to explain crime and criminal behavior. Students will study victimology and learn about victimless crimes. Students will also be acquainted with the primary sources of crime statistics, which are an essential component in studying crime and testing theories. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • CRJ330 Research Methods for the Criminal Justice Professional
    In this course, students are introduced to statistical techniques most commonly encountered in the analysis of quantitative data in social and criminal justice fields. Emphasis is placed on descriptive and inferential statistics. The learning experience culminates a comprehensive report of hypothesis testing with secondary data.
  • CRJ335 Laws of Evidence
    In this course, students draw upon a mix of problems and cases to examine major evidentiary rules and standards that regulate admission of proof at criminal trial. Concepts include relevance; the use of character and scientific evidence; the definition and use of hearsay; the use of real and demonstrative evidence; the proper method of impeaching witnesses, foundation and authentication requirements; and the law of privileges. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • CRJ425 Criminal Law
    In this course, students will focus on all aspects to the fundamentals of criminal law. Major topics covered in the course include: elements of various types of crimes; requisite mental states for crimes; the nature and purpose of criminal responsibility; criminal defenses, including justification and excuse; and theories of criminal responsibility. This course also examines specific criminal cases to illustrate and apply many of the legal principles covered.
  • CRJ420 Criminal Justice and the Constitution
    This course will provide an overview of the criminal procedure under the U.S. Constitution, specifically as related to due process and crime control. Topics include the Fourth Amendment, self-incrimination, constitutional violations, court proceedings, and criminal procedures during national emergencies.
  • CRJ440 Ethics for the Criminal Justice Professional
    In this course, students explore the theory, practice, and application of ethics to the field of criminal justice. The course will focus on understanding how ethics works with the practice of criminal justice. This course prepares students for further inquiry into ethics by providing a solid foundation of its role in criminal justice policy and practice.
  • CRJ480 Capstone – Application of Criminal Justice Knowledge and Skills
    This course focuses on a criminal justice issue in-depth at the national and international levels.
  • CRJ495* Criminal Justice Practicum
    This course is designed for students who currently participate on the staff of a criminal justice or related service agency as an opportunity to demonstrate program outcomes learned in the B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration under the supervision of both faculty and agency personnel. Assignments are designed to combine theory and professional practice and include weekly journals, a mid-term conference with the faculty practicum coordinator and on-site supervisor as well as a final report. Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete three courses (nine credits) prior to taking the practicum. *CRJ495 is an optional course that students may select if they currently work in a criminal justice setting. See the academic catalog for course restrictions.

* CRJ495 is an optional course that students may select if they currently work in a criminal justice setting. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, prior to taking CRJ495. This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.

Degree Specialization (Optional) (15 Credits)

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can choose to customize it with an undergraduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests. 

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Elective Courses (Remaining credits to reach 120 total credits)

The remainder of your degree is comprised of courses of your choice that support your educational goals and needs. Including a specialization reduces the number of elective credits you'll need to complete your bachelor's degree.

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Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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"CSU Global is the best choice I have made in regards to my education. I have attended several other online colleges and never seemed to feel like they really cared about me as a student. Here at CSU Global they work with me if I am having a hard time getting financials together for books or classes."

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Learn Valuable Skills

Colorado State University Global’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice prepares students to enter exciting careers in law enforcement, public- and private-sector agencies, political science, research, social work, investigations, the military, and many other fields. The online Criminal Justice degree program includes the exploration of both traditional and contemporary methods of maintaining the balance between public safety and civil liberties. In addition to gaining knowledge of crime, law, and the justice system, students achieve an understanding of the ethical issues and relevant theories that apply to criminal justice and private sector organizations today. Graduates will gain a deep understanding of the functions and relationship between the police, courts, and corrections components of the criminal justice system. This Criminal Justice degree online also explores many contemporary issues in this field such as technology, analytics, security, white collar crime, forensics, cybercrime, terrorism, and international crime. Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Describe the main components of the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss theoretical approaches to deviance and crime.
  • Determine how quantitative and qualitative research methods are used in the field of criminal justice.
  • Apply ethical standards in the criminal justice system.
  • Evaluate the balance between crime control strategies and appropriate civil liberties.
  • Describe the needs of victims, offenders, and the affected community.
  • Evaluate technology and its role in today’s criminal justice environment.

Career Outlook

Qualities to be successful

Reliable, Thorough, independent, clear communication, willingness to be challenged, remain calm in high-pressure situations

CSU-GLobal Partner agencies

FEMA, IAEM, ACFE, CAIF & Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society.

$57,161 Estimated Starting Salary

Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice alumni from CSU Global report an estimated annual starting salary above $57k.

Police Officer, Private Detective, Emergency Mgmt Director

Potential career opportunities of Criminal Justice alumni from CSU Global.

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Credit by Exam

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Self-Study Assessments (SSA)

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