BS in Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice

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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Justice emphasis area at Kaplan University offers coursework on juvenile delinquency, justice, and case management. You can learn more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Justice emphasis area here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Justice emphasis area at Kaplan University allows students to learn about the juvenile justice system, the relationship between criminal justice and social service systems, and how they work together to handle the issue of family and domestic violence. Students can gain an understanding of the procedures required for processing juvenile offenders and abused children, methods of case management, the selection of appropriate intervention strategies, techniques for reducing the occurrence of criminal relapse, and how to understand, assess, diagnose, and treat psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. Coursework also examines ethics within the criminal justice system, the nature of criminal behavior, the criminal investigative process, the criminal procedure from arrest to sentencing, and the impact of technology on the criminal justice system. The program culminates with a capstone project.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you'd like to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Justice emphasis area, you should have an interest in the juvenile justice system and providing support to young offenders and abused children. 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 Juvenile Justice emphasis area consists of 180 credit requirements. In addition to 88 major credits, the program requires 33 core credits and 59 open elective credits.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Justice 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
  • Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Criminal 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

Juvenile Justice Requirements

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Case Management
  • Abnormal Psychology

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Justice emphasis area, you could seek employment working in the courts, social service agencies, schools, juvenile correction facilities, private treatment centers, and non-profit organizations. Positions you may wish to pursue include:

  • Juvenile probation officer
  • Juvenile probation counselor
  • Juvenile corrections officer

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Justice emphasis area can also help prepare you for graduate studies. Earning a master's degree can deepen you knowledge of the criminal justice system, enhance your investigative skills, and allow you to pursue additional career options and responsibilities. Some master's degrees related to criminal and juvenile justice are listed below:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections