Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Arts)

Best value homeland security college in 2018

Prepare yourself to secure our nation, our nation’s resources or your local community – earn your online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Grantham University. This 100% online degree program gives you the knowledge you need to excel in the criminal justice workforce. Pursue your degree in a generalized program or specialize in one of two in-demand areas of concentration: homeland security or computer science.

Homeland Security

Border security and intelligence, terrorism prevention and analysis, emergency and disaster planning – prepare for work protecting our nation from all kinds of natural and man-made threats.

Computer Science

Prepare for a cybersecurity career by studying computer crime, computer forensics, ethical hacking, computer crime scene investigation and criminal intelligence analysis.

How much will it cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour, $250 if you're a military member, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.


Job Growth

Job Outlook1

Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for private detectives and investigators will stem from security concerns and from the need to protect confidential information.

Career Options1:
• Security Manager
• Probation Officer
• Loss Prevention Manager
• Private Detective
• Police/Corrections Officer
When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we're ready when you are.

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Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Arts)

Criminal Justice Outcomes

After successfully completing your criminal justice degree classes, you will be able to:

  • Explain the various causes of crime using criminal justice theories, practices and processes to a multicultural population
  • Compare and contrast historical and contemporary police functions, issues and responses to crime
  • Describe the nature and function of corrections, its services, practices and institutions
  • Analyze relevant criminal law and procedures as they relate to the administration of justice
  • Differentiate between adult and juvenile procedures throughout the criminal justice system
  • Apply the concepts of professionalism, ethical behavior and social responsibility to make decisions as a criminal justice professional
  • Evaluate the three components of the criminal justice system
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written & oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for a wide variety of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

NOTE: Students seeking a career in law enforcement at the local or state level will require additional training and testing. This additional training is determined by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) in each student’s state.

Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Arts)

Pursue a criminal justice degree online and pursue a career in detection, apprehension, detention and other police-related career opportunities1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Corporate Security Manager
  • Director Security Management
  • Security Director
  • Regional Loss Prevention Manager
  • Senior Manager Asset Protection
  • Market Asset Protection Manager
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Front-Line Supervisor (Police and Detectives)

Employers can include:

  • Security firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies

Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Arts)

Grantham University’s 100% online coursework is designed to help you prepare for success.

Program Core Credits: 39
General Education Core Credits: 21
Concentration Credits: 18
Electives Credits: 45
Concentration Credits: 18
Electives Credits: 45
Electives Credits: 63
Total Credit Hours: 123
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Computer Science: 18
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CJ475 Title: Introduction to Computer Crime Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the history of digital crime, as well as tools of computer hackers, virus writers, terrorists and other offenders. Using real life examples and case studies, the course examines the history, development, extent and types of digital crime and digital terrorism as well as current legislation and law enforcement practices designed to prevent, investigate and prosecute these crimes.
Course: CJ476 Title: Computer Forensics & Cyber Crime Credits: 3
  This course familiarizes students with the techniques used to investigate computer crimes, providing students with cutting-edge techniques used to investigate computer crime scenes, as well as computer hardware and software to solve computer crimes. Topics include: The history of computer crime and legal and social issues relating to computer crime.
Course: CJ477 Title: Computer Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 3
  This course provides a complete overview of computer forensics for students in law enforcement and administration of justice using case studies and vignettes of actual computer crimes. It contains practical information on solving computer crimes and catching the hacker, including data recovery techniques, auditing methods and services, data seizure and analysis, preservation of computer evidence, reconstruction of events and information warfare.
Course: CJ478 Title: Online Resource Guide for Law Enforcement Credits: 3
  This course is intended to turn those who already have some computer and internet experience into effective users of the internet and to reveal how the internet can augment their traditional investigative methodology. It covers not only technical issues, but includes how to formulate good search strategies and how to make sense of the results.
Course: CJ479 Title: Information Security Credits: 3
  This course gives students and professionals the necessary managerial, technical and legal background to support investment decisions in security technology. It discusses security from the perspective of hackers (i.e., technology issues and defenses) and lawyers (i.e., legal issues and defenses). This cross-disciplinary course is designed to help users quickly become current on what has become a fundamental issue.
Course: CJ480 Title: Criminal Intelligence Analysis Credits: 3
  The course provides the student with the methods and techniques of criminal intelligence analysis and strategic organized crime. Students learn how to predict trends, weaknesses, capabilities, intentions, changes and warnings needed to dismantle criminal organizations. Students are introduced to techniques such as association and link analysis, visual investigative analysis (VIA), telephone toll analysis, matrix analysis, reporting and application to violent crime and organized crime to include drug, white collar and money laundering. This course emphasizes criminal intelligence as opposed to criminal investigation.
Homeland Security: 18
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Course: CJ450 Title: Understanding Terrorism Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to terrorist cults and personalities.Studies focus on a variety of aspects related to terrorist organizations and individuals, gaining an understanding of how various terrorist cults and personalities affect national security, how understanding terrorism personalities can aid the counterterrorism war and what the future looks like in the war against terrorism.
Course: CJ451 Title: Principles of Terrorism Credits: 3
  This course examines terrorism in the modern world with a review of the historical origins of terrorism. Topics include: patterns of terrorism, Latin American influences on terrorism, the origins of Middle Eastern terrorism, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, U.S. domestic terrorism issues, counter terrorism and U.S. responses, homeland security, employment of national and domestic intelligence resources against terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and future issues on terrorism.
Course: CJ452 Title: Terrorism & US National Security Credits: 3
  This course examines the relationship between terrorism and U.S. national security. It focuses on a variety of aspects related to U.S. policy on terrorism, the threat of terrorism to U.S. national security and the problems inherent to U.S. counterterrorism. The student gains a comprehensive understanding of how the U.S. views terrorism, how various policies affect outcomes of counterterrorism, strengths and weaknesses in policy and strategies, threats to U.S. national security and suggestions for solutions to these threats.
Course: CJ453 Title: Border and Coastal Security Credits: 3
  This course is designed to teach the student to analyze the implications of September 11, 2001 and the new war on terrorism for border controls, cross-border relations and economic integration in North America. This course also examines U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico relations in the wake of the terrorist attacks, the management of trade and migration flows and the reconceptualization of North America's borders in the post 9-11 world.
Course: CJ454 Title: Elements & Issues in Counterterrorism Credits: 3
  This course is a comprehensive review of issues and elements to be considered in the planning and organization of a counterterrorism program. It presents an examination of techniques and procedures, which can be applied to programs developed at both the national and local level. Such measures as financial investigations, technical defenses and counterintelligence activities are studied.
Course: CJ455 Title: Emergency Planning Credits: 3
  This course examines emergency planning as it relates to surviving natural and man-made disasters. Risk analysis and the formulation of a comprehensive plan, followed by a vigorous and continuous testing program, are essential elements to surviving an emergency. Topics include threat assessment, risk analysis, formulating the plan, staffing the emergency operations center (EOC), coordinating with supporting agencies and the importance of continuing liaison managing an actual incident and conducting an effective follow-up analysis. Various actual case studies are discussed.
Program Core: 39
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CJ101 Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice Credits: 3
  This course examines a general overview of the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on decision points and administrative practices in police and other criminal justice agencies, as well as basic criminal procedures. Topics include: Causes of crime, criminal law, policing history and structure, police management and legal aspects, adjudication including the courts and sentencing, corrections drugs and crime, multinational criminal justice and the future of criminal justice.
Course: CJ102 Title: Introduction to Criminology Credits: 3
  This course introduces the student to the major theories of crime by exploring the biological, psychological, sociological and economic theories. Traditional and contemporary theories of criminology are examined to better explain patterns and root causes of crime, crimes against persons and property, white-collar and organized crime, drug abuse and crime, technology and crime, terrorism, and criminology and social policy.
Course: CJ201 Title: Police Systems & Practices Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of police issues, integrating the history, social context and theoretical understanding of policing in America. Relationships between communities, individuals and police organizations are studied. Topics include: evolution of policing, organizational structure and supervision, societal expectations and police corruption.
Course: CJ202 Title: Correction Systems & Practices Credits: 3
  This course evaluates the history and progression of correctional systems. Contemporary correctional practices are analyzed and evaluated using a historical perspective with a modern emphasis on community and institutional corrections. This course balances current and past research, theories and applications and practical examples and issues. Topics include: historical perspectives, the court process, alternatives to imprisonment, correctional functions, institutional clients, rights of correctional clients, reintegration systems and the future of corrections.
Course: CJ203 Title: Juvenile Justice I Credits: 3
  This course explores the evolution of the juvenile justice system and the different approaches followed by the court and correctional authorities. Current topics in juvenile justice include youth victimization, crime prevention, treatment and various juvenile sanctions. Distinction is made between the adult and juvenile system, with emphasis placed on the roles and functions of the juvenile justice system.
Course: CJ302 Title: Criminal Procedure Credits: 3
  This course provides the student with the core knowledge of constitutional criminal procedure. Topics of study include: Fourth Amendment doctrines such as the exclusionary rule, the search warrant, plain view, arrest and Terry-stops and warrant-less searches. The focus of the exclusionary rule reflects the areas in which the Supreme Court has been most active in recent years. The conflicting approaches to the application of law evident between justices adhering to the Due Process Model and those following the Crime Control Model are addressed. Additional topics in the course include: meaning, context and constitutional foundation of criminal procedure; the right to counsel; rules of interrogation and confession; identification of suspects and entrapment; and the pretrial and trial process.
Course: CJ305 Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics Credits: 3
  This course examines the diverse ethical issues frequently encountered in the criminal justice system. Students study the writings of the major theorists such as Plato, Socrates and Aristotle. Classic ethical theories will be studied, reviewed and applied to such varied topics as the application of professional and personal discretion, the appropriate use of force, dimensions of professional responsibility and proper application of authority.
Course: CJ309 Title: Criminal Law Credits: 3
  This course introduces the student to the foundational aspects of criminal law, including its historical background and fundamental elements. Major themes of both common law and the Model Penal Code, including the elements of statutory crimes, criminal responsibility and defenses are reviewed. Topics include: the historical background of criminal law, fundamentals of criminal law, jurisdiction, the criminal act, the mental element, matters affecting criminal responsibility, assault and related crimes, homicide, sex offenses and offenses to the family relationship, theft, robbery, burglary and related offenses, arson, kidnapping, narcotics and offenses by and against juveniles.
Course: CJ401 Title: Community Policing Credits: 3
  This course is designed to provide an analysis of both the community-oriented policing philosophy and its practical application through strategic oriented policing, neighborhood oriented policing and problem oriented policing methods. Additional aspects to be reviewed include the various roles in the systemic approach, organization and management styles of the police department,implementation methods, evaluation methods, and an examination of past and future practices under this new model in policing.
Course: EN361 Title: Fundamentals of Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course explores the fundamental principles of successful professional communication. Topics include how to write business correspondence, job search correspondence, public relations documents and professional reports. Students will also learn how to define audiences and purpose, design document layout, and write, revise and proofread text.
Course: CA408 Title: Research Methods Credits: 3
  Research Methods presents a broad view of the methods and techniques for conducting academic and professional research. The course focuses on why and when research is performed, the methodologies involved and a description of the applied statistical tests most often used. Techniques and procedures are compared and contrasted so each student gains a firm understanding of what method or test to use and why. Topics include: the research enterprise, theory and research, ethics in research, research design, sampling techniques, questionnaires, interviews, observational techniques, secondary data, reliability and validity issues, data coding,hypothesis testing and sampling distributions. Students will be required to successfully complete the ethics certificate of completion using the Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (CITI) to advance further in the program.
Course: PA301 Title: Introduction to Public Administration Credits: 3
  Public administration is a broad-ranging and amorphous combination of theory and practice; its purpose is to promote a superior understanding of government and its relationship with the society it governs, as well as to encourage public policies more responsive to social needs and to institute managerial practices attuned to effectiveness, efficiency, and human requirements of the citizenry.
Course: CA499 Title: Professional Strategies Credits: 3
  This course is designed as a senior-level capstone course to be taken at the end of the Multidisciplinary Studies degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize and articulate the theories and principles gained through their program of study, and to demonstrate mastery of the University's core professional competencies (critical thinking, communication, data aptitude, personal/social responsibility, career management, distributed collaboration).
General Education: 21
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Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization and speech delivery. Topics include how to outline speeches, create effective introductions and conclusions, use appropriate language and control nervousness. In addition, students examine guidelines for and practice delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Students will record themselves delivering speeches, thus they will need to know how to use a webcam and how to upload video files from their devices into the assignment dropbox in the Learning Management System.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course emphasizes the writing process. Students will apply principles of good writing practice through various genre (narrative, persuasive, expository writings). Additionally, students will analyze reading material as part of the critical and creative thinking processes associated with written communication.
Course: EN102 Title: English Composition II Credits: 3
  This course expands writing skills developed in English Composition I. Writing a structured, research term paper develops additional proficiency in composing academic papers through the process of pre-writing, writing and re-writing. Research skills with the internet and published resources are integrated into composition with an emphasis on distinguishing supportive evidence.
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course examines critical thinking and the analysis of arguments in terms of premises, reasons, and conclusions. Course topics include obstacles to critical thinking, diagramming arguments, belief and doubt, logical fallacies, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, inferences, and judging scientific theories.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students' bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. Secondly, by highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.

NOTE: CO120 Interpersonal Communication may take the place of CO101 Introduction to Public Speaking.