BS in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security

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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis area at Kaplan University is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in criminal justice. Learn more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis area here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis area at Kaplan University provides an opportunity for students to study how the Department of Homeland Security plans for and handles domestic and international terrorism, principles of homeland security management, and crisis intervention and negotiation. Students can learn about criminal justice agencies and institutions, the nature of criminal and antisocial behavior, the investigative process, the criminal procedure from arrest to sentencing, and victims' rights. Students can take courses in crime prevention, white-collar crime, organized crime, and managing criminal justice organizations. Coursework also covers ethics in the criminal justice system and includes a capstone project.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you'd like to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis area you should have an interest in criminal justice agencies and national security. 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?

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis area consists of 180 credit requirements. Credits are broken up into 33 core credits, 59 open elective credits, and 88 major credits.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security Emphasis Area 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
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
    • Pathways to Academic Success
  • 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

Homeland Security Requirements

  • Homeland Security
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • 300/400 Level: Criminal Justice Electives

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis area, you could pursue employment at federal, state, or local government agencies, security corporations, and non-profit organizations. There are many positions you may choose to pursue, including the following:

  • Homeland security agent
  • Police officer
  • Border patrol agent
  • Immigration officer
  • Security specialist

Advanced Degrees

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis area at Kaplan University can help prepare you for graduate studies. Earning a master's degree can deepen your knowledge, enhance your skills, and allow you to pursue more challenging responsibilities in your criminal justice career. Below are some master's degrees related to criminal justice and homeland security that you may be interested in:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Global Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management