BS in Criminal Justice

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Are you interested in the fields of law and law enforcement? If so, Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program may be right for you. Coursework gives students the opportunity to learn principles of the criminal justice system, including juvenile justice, corrections, crime scene investigation, forensics, and homeland security. Read more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to teach students the fundamentals of the criminal justice system and help them develop solid research and analytical skills. Students who enroll in the program have the opportunity to gain knowledge of different areas of criminal justice environments such as courts, public safety, corporate security, and law enforcement. They also have the chance to learn how to apply mathematics and quantitative reasoning to real-world scenarios, analyze human behavior, and evaluate social and psychological issues in individuals. Students can further specialize their degree by pursuing one of the following emphasis areas: corrections, crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, homeland security, juvenile justice, or law enforcement.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you should have strong listening, writing, and interpersonal skills as well as basic knowledge of the American legal system. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program consists of 180 credits. The total includes 33 core credits, 88 major credits, and 59 credits in electives. Coursework combines 2 years of general education with 2 years of career-oriented instruction.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Requirements

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminology I
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
  • Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • 300/400 Level: Major Electives
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice
  • Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Crime Prevention
    • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
    • White-Collar Crime
    • Deviance and Violence
    • Investigating Terrorism
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
    • Organized Crime
    • Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
  • 100/200 Level: Communication Course
  • 100/200 Level: Mathematics Course
  • 200 Level: Communication Course
  • 300/400 Level: Arts and Humanities Course
  • 300/400 Level: Physical Science Course
  • 300/400 Level: Social Science Course

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After completing Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you could pursue entry-level employment in the criminal justice field. Opportunities may be available with court systems, sheriff's departments, detention centers, and other law enforcement agencies. Some of the positions you could pursue include:

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Juvenile case manager
  • Security guard
  • Homeland security personnel
  • Public safety official
  • Crime scene investigator

Advanced Degrees

In addition to preparing you for entry-level employment in the criminal justice field, Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program can also give you the opportunity to further your education in a graduate degree program. Earning a graduate degree may allow you to learn more about criminal justice or specialize in a specific area of the criminal justice field such as law enforcement or homeland security. Here are several master's degrees you could consider:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management