Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Students who select the baccalaureate program in criminal justice will profit from a curriculum which is balanced among the broad areas of study represented by criminal justice, the social sciences, general education courses, and elective courses. The program offers course work in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile justice, and the courts.

In general, the program seeks to enhance critical thinking abilities, communication skills and the ability to conceptualize complex problems. Advanced courses help the student to process and apply information reliably while developing skills in research methodology. Understanding the history, philosophy and organization of the agencies of criminal justice, together with an opportunity for practical experience in one or more of them, is a further goal of the program.

Upon graduation, the student may pursue graduate studies or a professional career in law enforcement, corrections, parole, probation, court administration or within the juvenile justice system.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will describe the administration of justice with specialized knowledge of related content areas including, but not limited to, police, courts, and corrections.
  • Students will identify the theories of crime causation, responses to crime, and the implications and application for public policy.
  • Students will identify and describe legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice decision and policy makers, and the effects of diversity awareness in the administration of criminal justice.
  • Students will interpret, analyze and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data in a social science context and communicate effectively using scholarly sources on topics relating to social problems and criminal justice.
  • Students will apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum

Course: Course Name:Credits:Course: Course Name:Credits:
Freshman Year
JUST1100Criminal Justice Systems and Process3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
CORE1001Managing Transitions3JUST1300Theories of Crime3
LGLS2102Criminal Law3GOVT1108American Government3
Math Elective3PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3Open Elective3
Semester Total: 15Semester Total: 15
Sophomore Year:
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
JUST2202Crisis Intervention3JUST2207Police and the Community3
JUST2203Corrections Systems and Process3Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
SOCI2001Criminology3Criminal Justice Elective3
JUST3200 Criminal Procedure and Evidence3Open Elective3
Semester Total: 15Semester Total: 15
Junior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
JUST3900Criminal Justice Internship or Criminal Justice Elective3JUST3900Criminal Justice Internship or Criminal Justice Elective3
LGLS3200 Topics in Law and Society3SOCI3200Deviance and Social Control3
JUST2204 Victimology and Victim Services3General Education Elective3
Criminal Justice Elective3GOVT4100American Constitutional Law3
Science with Lab Elective4Open Elective3
Semester Total: 16Semester Total: 15
Senior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
General Education Elective3JUST4901Criminal Justice Capstone3
JUST4505Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice3Criminal Justice Elective3
SOCI4001Data Analysis3Open Elective3
Criminal Justice Elective3Criminal Justice Elective3
General Education Elective3Open Elective 3
Semester Total: 15Semester Total: 15
Total Credits:121

For more information about the BS in Criminal Justice Program, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.