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Understand criminal behavior, the effects it has on its victims and society, and how you can help prevent it.

Do you like following crimes in the news? If so, a specialization or certificate of completion in criminology may interest you and help further your career. In this program, you will learn the functions of the legal system, and understand criminal conduct in an effort to increase public safety and crime prevention.

If you are pursuing a career in public safety, law, social welfare offices or other social programs that specifically deal with public safety and human welfare, a specialization or certificate of completion in criminology may give you a competitive advantage when it comes to prospective employers.



This program consists of five lower-division online criminology courses for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • CRJ320 Juvenile Justice
    In this course, focus begins with the history of adolescence, delinquency, and the U.S. juvenile justice system. Students examine theories on the causes of delinquency and study police, courts, corrections, and rule of law as applied to youth in order to recognize the problems and issues associated with measuring juvenile crime and victimization. In addition, the students will explore contemporary themes such as school violence, drugs, and bullying. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • CRJ340 Restorative and Community Based Justice
    In this course, students are introduced to the origins, theories, controversies, and practices, both past and present, of restorative and transformative justice as alternative responses to resolve conflicts. Course material also interrogates the question: “when is it appropriate to forgive rather than to punish?” and examines how restorative justice is employed and practiced to address crime, school discipline, and other types of conflict around the world.
  • CRJ470 Race, Class, and Crime
    This class is an examination of the impact of race, social class, and crime on the justice system, the occurrence of crime, and punishment. The course interrogates the question: “Does skin color influence justice in America?” Students learn race and class as social constructs and explore them in relationship to crime rates, and their impact on society and communities through law enforcement practice, incarceration, sentencing policies, as well as the economic and political systems. This course will examine the role of implicit bias in the criminal justice system.
  • CRJ315 Corrections
    In this course, students gain an overview of the establishment and function of jails and prisons and the punishment of criminals. Issues covered include philosophies of punishment and rehabilitation, sentencing, special prison populations, recidivism, and future challenges for the field of corrections. Students learn implications resulting from penology and punishment.
  • CRJ431 Victimology
    In this course, students examine the definitions, theories, and causes of victimization. Topics also include the criminal and civil processes available to protect and restore victims of crime. The social, personal, and economic impacts of crime on individuals, organizations, and society are also examined. This course is a replacement course for PBS431 as of the 17-18 Spring Trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.


A specialization in Criminology pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider an Undergraduate Specialization

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can customize your degree to meet your professional goals and personal interests. With just five additional, lower-division courses, you can earn a specialization along with your bachelor’s degree. Similar to a minor, or degree concentration, an undergraduate specialization lets you explore a second area of interest. Provide proof that you’re dedicated and invested in the career you want with additional skills in the field.

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