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.

Electives

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-CRMJ Credit Hours 121
Total Credit Hours 121

Curriculum Highlights

Course Number Course Title
CJ201 Police Systems & Practices
GP210 American Government I
CJ302 Criminal Procedure

Full curriculum

Course Title Credits
CJ101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
CJ102 Introduction to Criminology 3
CJ201 Police Systems & Practices 3
CJ202 Correction Syst & Practices 3
CJ203 Juvenile Justice I 3
CJ302 Criminal Procedure 3
CJ305 Intro to Crim Justice Ethics 3
CJ309 Criminal Law 3
CJ401 Community Policing 3
CJ408 Criminal Justice Res Methods 3
CO101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
CS105 Intro to Computer Applications 3
EN101 English Composition I 3
GP210 American Government I 3
GS102 Introduction to Life Science 3
GU100 Student Success 1
HU260 Strategies for Decision Making 3
MA105 College Algebra 3
PA301 Intro to Public Administration 3
Program and core: 55
Electives (22): 66
Total: 121

Additional online degree details

Degree level:Bachelors
Delivery method:Online
Availability:Available
Starts:Weekly

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.
*2020 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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