Online Criminal Justice Program (BA)

Online Criminal Justice Bachelor of Arts Degree

Grantham University’s Criminal Justice degree programs give you the depth of knowledge you need to pursue your career in corrections, law enforcement, investigations and more. Our online associate and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice (CJ) are designed to accommodate those requiring basic knowledge, as well as individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of the field. Whichever degree program fits your needs, you will come away ready to launch your career, with practical, real-world insight into this intriguing field.

From 2010 to 2020, protective service occupations are expected to add 364,500 new jobs – an 11% growth. A Criminal Justice degree is a solid foundation for taking advantage of these growth opportunities. Source: Spring 2012 BLS Occupational Outlook Quarterly

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BA-CJ) gives you a thorough understanding of criminal justice theories, as related to practical experiences. You will learn how to analyze both theories and concepts of crime, and employ your analytical skills to make decisions and solve problems. This degree helps prepare you for a promising career in local, state or federal law enforcement.

Optional Concentrations

(Minimum of 18 credit hours (300 level or higher) required in major electives from the criminal justice discipline)

As part of Grantham’s Criminal Justice program, you can develop a greater breadth or depth of knowledge by focusing on one of two concentrated areas:

  • Homeland Security. The Homeland Security electives prepare you for work in areas involving the protection of our nation’s borders, and preparation for and recovery from emergencies. Graduates are qualified to work in such areas as border security and intelligence, terrorism prevention and analysis, and emergency and disaster planning.
  • Computer Science. Building on the general criminal justice core, this concentration involves the study of computer crime, computer forensics, ethical hacking, computer crime scene investigation and criminal intelligence analysis.


Criminal Justice concentrations require a minimum of 18 credit hours in major electives from the criminal justice discipline. These courses must be Criminal Justice (CJ) courses at the 300 level or higher. These electives help you increase breadth or depth in specific areas of the criminal justice field.

Sets of elective courses have been grouped around criminal justice concentrations. You may opt to take any set as listed below to focus your studies on homeland security or computer forensic investigations.

Concentration in Homeland Security

The Homeland Security elective courses prepare you for work in areas involving the protection of our nation’s borders, and preparation for and recovery from emergencies. Graduates are qualified to work in such areas as border security and intelligence, terrorism prevention and analysis, and emergency and disaster planning. The recommended sequence of courses is as follows:

  1. CJ450 Understanding Terrorism
  2. CJ451 Principles of Terrorism
  3. CJ452 Terrorism and U.S. National Security
  4. CJ453 Border and Coastal Security
  5. CJ454 Elements and Issues in Counterterrorism
  6. CJ455 Emergency Planning

Concentration in Computer Science

Building on the general criminal justice core, this concentration involves the study of computer crime, computer forensics, ethical hacking, computer crime scene investigation and criminal intelligence analysis. The recommended sequence of courses is as follows:

  1. CJ475 Introduction to Computer Crime
  2. CJ476 Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime
  3. CJ477 Computer Crime Scene Investigation
  4. CJ478 Online Resource Guide for Law Enforcement
  5. CJ479 Information Security
  6. CJ480 Criminal Intelligence Analysis

If you choose to forego focusing on a specific concentration in CJ, it is highly recommended that the following six courses be taken for the CJ electives, as they provide a solid knowledge base:

  1. CJ414 Multicultural Law Enforcement
  2. CJ415 Police Community Relations
  3. CJ416 Victimology
  4. CJ421 Advanced Criminal Law
  5. CJ425 Judicial Process
  6. CJ300 Level Elective or higher


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Criminal Justice Program Outcomes

At the successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with various aspects of the criminal justice enterprise
  • Analyze basic criminal justice theories and concepts
  • Analyze data gathering and decision-making processes
  • Use criminal justice theories to effectively solve problems
  • Employ critical thinking skills using classical, biological and sociological theories of crime causation

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Course Highlights & Curriculum

Credit Hour Breakdown

BA-CJ Credit Hours 122
Total Credit Hours 122

Curriculum Highlights

Course Number Course Title
CJ201 Police Systems & Practices
GP210 American Government I
CJ302 Criminal Procedure
CJ409 Police Administration
CJ402 Criminal Investigations
CJ403 White Collar Crime

Full curriculum

BA150 Principles of Business Mgmt3
CJ101 Intro to Criminal Justice3
CJ102 Introduction to Criminology3
CJ201 Police Systems & Practices3
CJ202 Correction Syst & Practices3
CJ203 Juvenile Justice I3
CJ302 Criminal Procedure3
CJ305 Intro to Crim Justice Ethics3
CJ309 Criminal Law3
CJ401 Community Policing3
CJ402 Criminal Investigations3
CJ403 White Collar Crime3
CJ408 Criminal Justice Res Methods3
CJ409 Police Administration3
CS101 CompConcepts and Office Apps4
EN101 English Composition I3
EN102 English Composition II3
GP210 American Government I3
GP215 American Government II3
GU100 Student Success1
HS101 World Hist:Ancient to Renaissa3
MA105 College Algebra3
MA170 Finite Mathematics3
PA301 Intro to Public Administration3
PS240 Fundamentals of Psychology3
PS280 Psychology & the Law3
SO101 Introduction to Sociology I3
Program and core:80
Electives (14):42

Additional online degree details

Degree level:Bachelors
Delivery method:Online
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Career Information

10-year Job Growth

Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Continued demand for public safety will lead to new openings for officers in local departments; however, both state and federal jobs may be more competitive.

  • 853,100
  • 794,300
  • 2010
  • 2020
Total number of new jobs and replacement jobs
Year total jobs is an estimate

Average Salaries

  • The top 10% earn$88,870
  • The median earn$55,010
  • The lower 10% earn$32,440
* Total compensation includes bonus. Salaries listed are dependent on prior experiences as well as the number of years of seniority.
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Criminal Justice Degrees

Occasionally students of criminal justice begin their college career with a particular goal in mind, only to find out that after years of study, the career that seemed so promising four years before is no longer their life’s aspiration. Others may find that the job market just won’t support them as a new college graduate. So what is one to do when they are about to graduate, or have just graduated with a degree in criminal justice? Fortunately, there are many criminal justice careers to choose from, and graduates will find that the jobs available to them are as diverse as their varied courses of study while earning their criminal justice degree.

If you haven’t already considered them, there are several government agencies that require a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice for many of their positions. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), are just the tip of the iceberg. Secret Service, Customs and Border Patrol, and many state and local level organizations also smile upon a criminal justice degree as a qualification. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is becoming a requirement for many police departments and the larger the police department, the more likely that a degree in criminal justice will be necessary.

There are other things that a criminal justice degree can do for a graduate as well. Law schools and other graduate study programs which lead to master’s and doctorate degrees require a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. A student with a good academic career under his or her belt could find themselves in a very lucrative career if they parlay their criminal justice degree into a higher degree with two to four more years of education.

Potential jobs for graduates of a criminal justice bachelor’s degree program include accounting, computer forensics, fraud investigation, FBI, DEA, CIA, criminology, paralegal, and law enforcement. Although the job market in general is not very promising, one guarantee is that there will always be criminal activity. Furthermore, candidates who have qualifying degrees are more likely to find a well paying position than those who don’t. Criminal justice degrees will always be an employable qualification in any job market and in any economy. 

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