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. And our 100% online format works well for those who are working full time, active military personnel, military spouses and anyone else who has a lot of demands on their time.
(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:
- CJ450 Understanding Terrorism
- CJ451 Principles of Terrorism
- CJ452 Terrorism and U.S. National Security
- CJ453 Border and Coastal Security
- CJ454 Elements and Issues in Counterterrorism
- 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:
- CJ475 Introduction to Computer Crime
- CJ476 Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime
- CJ477 Computer Crime Scene Investigation
- CJ478 Online Resource Guide for Law Enforcement
- CJ479 Information Security
- 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:
- CJ414 Multicultural Law Enforcement
- CJ415 Police Community Relations
- CJ416 Victimology
- CJ421 Advanced Criminal Law
- CJ425 Judicial Process
- 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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