Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Program Overview

Criminals in the 21st Century have grown more sophisticated. To offset this, criminal justice professionals have had to engage in new tactics. This program is designed to teach you the theory, critical thinking and communication skills to work in law enforcement, the court system, corrections and security. Upon completing this program, you’ll have an in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system and be prepared for a role in a variety of related fields.

Learning Outcomes

In this Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you’ll learn the leadership, management and theory necessary to help prevent and fight crime in the 21st Century. A total of 120 credit hours is required for completion.

Course Overview

Communications (9 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3ENC 1101English Composition I*
3ENC 1102English Composition II*
3SPC 1017Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Humanities (6 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PHI 1600Ethics
3PHI 1100Logic

Behavioral/Social Science (6 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3CCJ 2001Criminology
3CCJ 2002Juvenile Delinquency

Natural Science (7 credits includes 1 lab hour)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3BSC1010General Biology
1BSC1010LGeneral Biology Lab
3PHY1100CGeneral Physics

Mathematics (7 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3MAC 1105College Algebra I*
4STA 2014Introduction to Statistics*

Computers (4 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
4CGS 1030Introduction to Information Technology
SLS 1501College Study Skills

Lower-Level Courses (12 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3CJL 2100Introduction to Criminal Law
3CJC 2000Introduction to Corrections
3CJE 2000Introduction to Security and Law Enforcement
3CJE 2600Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation

Suggested Lower-Level Elective (9 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3CJL 2100Introduction to Criminal Law
3DSC 1570Introduction to Cyber-Terrorism
3CCJ 2940Criminal Justice Internship
3CJL 2400Introduction to Criminal Procedures
3CJE 1680Computer Crime Investigations
3PLA 2273Introduction to Torts
3PLA2201Introduction to Civil Procedure

Upper-Level Courses (30 CREDITS)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3CJL 3063Constitutional Law (cross-reference: PLA 4885)
3CJL 4133The Law of Evidence (cross-reference: PLA3463)
3CCJ 4351Correctional Operations
3CCJ 4700Methods of Research in Criminal Justice
3CJL 4412Criminal Law (cross-reference: PLA 3304)
3CJE 4310Police Administration
3CJL 3410Criminal Procedure (cross-reference: PLA 3308)
3CCJ 3461Communication Skills for the CJ Professional
3CCJ 4487Ethics in the CJ System
3CJE 4710CJ Integrated Capstone Project

Suggested Upper-Level Electives (30 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3CCJ 4940Internship in Criminal Justice
3CCJ 4905Directed Independent Study in Criminal Justice
3PLA 3803Domestic Relations Law
3CJL 4044Tort Law (cross-reference: PLA 3274)
3CJE 3721Forensic Psychology
3CCJ 4662Minorities and Crime
3CCJ 3011Juvenile Justice
3CCJ 4661Terrorism
3CJE 4144Private Security
3CJC 4163Community-Based Corrections
3CCJ 4644White Collar Crime
3CJL 4074Correctional Law
3CJE 4694Cyber Crime
  • *This course has prerequisites; check course descriptions.
  • All Credit Courses from within this division or any other division can be used as Suggested Electives.
  • A total of up to 60 credits may be transferred from the General Education and/or Elective courses taken during a degree program. FNU reserves the right to transfer the appropriate courses.