BA in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Prepare to advance your career and become a leader in criminal justice with an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree completion program that teaches concrete and translatable skills for corrections, law enforcement, private security, and more.

Designed for individuals with at least 60 undergraduate college credits, this flexible online program makes it possible for you to continue to work full-time while you study.

We have also designed this program to accommodate experienced law enforcement officers and military personnel. If you’ve graduated from a police academy or have completed military training, we will evaluate your experience for college credit.

Career Opportunities for Criminal Justice Major

Earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at GCU@Hazlet equips you with the advanced decision-making and leadership skills employers are looking for, plus a background in critical social justice and diversity issues central to professionalism and community outreach.

Your employment opportunities will depend on your previous experience, but can include:

  • Law enforcement, including federal law enforcement
  • Corrections, including federal corrections
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Recidivism prevention
  • Community partnership development
  • Private security, including consulting

Please note that law enforcement roles may require additional training beyond the bachelor’s degree, depending upon your experience and the jurisdiction in which you plan to work.

Required Courses for Completing the B.A. in Criminal Justice

The B.A. in Criminal Justice is a degree completion program designed for students who hold an A.A. degree, or who have at least 60 transferable credits from:

  • Regionally accredited colleges and universities
  • Police academy courses
  • Military training

You can transfer a maximum of 75 credits from a two-year institution to your program at Georgian Court. We will accept up to 90 total credits from all sources. You will need to complete a minimum of 120 credits to graduate.

The exact courses you take will vary depending on your previous experience. Courses may include:

  • CJ200 Theories of Crime (3 credits)
  • CJ212 Introduction to Corrections (3 credits)
  • CJ302 Cybercrime (3 credits)
  • CJ325 Gender and Crime (3 credits)
  • CJ331 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJ495 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • GEN400: Visioning a Future: Justice, Compassion and Service (3 credits)
  • PL300 Philosophical Ethics (3 credits)
  • PS320 Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • RS208 Discovering the Bible (3 credits)
    • RS220 Christian Tradition (3 credits)
  • SO101 Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
  • SO167 Intergroup Relations (3 credits)
  • SO201 Social Statistics (3 credits)
  • WS311 Shaping Lives: Women and Gender (3 credits)

Please note that program requirements, including courses and course schedules, are subject to change.

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