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Criminal Justice Studies

Bachelor of Science

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Program Details

Earn a degree that explores the criminal justice system and how it works to uphold the law. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies provides the foundation to understand how to keep societies safe while advancing justice and equality.

This program begins with traditional public administration courses that impart skills in leadership, ethics, and public management. You will explore the core criminal justice institutions – police, courts, and corrections – and examine how these institutions interact with public policy and society. Throughout the program, courses examine inequalities and how to address them across the criminal justice system.

The Criminal Justice Studies program graduates are well-positioned for careers within law enforcement, courts, corrections, and the larger public and nonprofit sectors. Completing this degree will prepare you to think critically in an increasingly complex and politicized society.

This College of Social and Behavioral Sciences major requires a minor (or double major).

Completing an internship is required as part of this degree program. This internship may be completed virtually or in person.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The core curriculum for this program includes:

POL 201: American National Government
PA 206: Public Policy and Administration
PA 241: Criminal Justice Administration
PA 331: Criminal Justice Ethics
PA 470: Public Organizational Management



Earning your Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies will build core skills, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical decision making
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Self-motivation
  • Digital literacy
  • Professionalism
  • Work ethic

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Homicide Detective
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • State Trooper
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Agent
  • Homeland Security Professional
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Lawyer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Victim Advocate
  • Forensic Science Technician, Accountant, or Psychologist