Bachelor - Social & Criminal Justice

In the Bachelor of Arts, Social and Criminal Justice program at Ashford University, you can learn about the social and legal elements of the criminal justice system and the impact social and economic issues have on criminal justice. Read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts, Social and Criminal Justice online program introduces you to criminal justice practices and procedures in the United States and the criminal justice system, including the police, courts, and corrections. Explore topics in ethics and social responsibility in law enforcement, social justice theory, and the interrelationship between social and criminal justice issues. Study the psychology of criminal behavior and theories of crime, organized crime, and corporate crime. Other topics include crime prevention strategies, juvenile justice, the application of constitutional rights to criminal investigations and enforcement, forensics, crime scene investigation, and the Federal Rules of Evidence. The program offers specialization options in corrections management, forensics, homeland security, political science and government, and security management.

What are the Prerequisites?

You must be at least 22 years old. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements. Additional computer hardware and software requirements apply to online students.

What are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts, Social and Criminal Justice is a 120-credit program. You must complete 52 that are general education credits, 41 that are elective credits, and 36 that are criminal justice credits, nine of which may also fulfill general education requirements. Requirements may vary for transfer students.

Social and Criminal Justice Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Courses
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Courses
SOC 120 Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility
POL 303 The American Constitution
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
SOC 305 Crime & Society
SOC 331 Social Justice & Ethics
CRJ 308 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
CRJ 305 Crime Prevention
CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice
CRJ 306 Criminal Law & Procedure
CRJ 311 Forensics
CRJ 303 Corrections
CRJ 422 Criminal Justice Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts, Social and Criminal Justice program can help you prepare for a variety of career opportunities in law enforcement and human services. You could seek positions in non-profit organizations, private security companies, social service agencies, and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Positions you may be eligible for could include:

  • Border patrol officer
  • Criminal investigator
  • Federal marshal
  • Highway patrol officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Local police officer
  • State police officer

Advanced Degrees

After successfully completing the Bachelor of Arts, Social and Criminal Justice program, you may consider continuing your education in the fields of social and criminal justice. Earning a master's degree gives you the opportunity to focus your education according to your professional goals and can help you prepare for advanced roles in your area of interest.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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