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Bachelor - Criminal Justice

If you would like to pursue a career in law enforcement, a bachelor's degree program could help prepare you. At Herzing University, you could apply to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program. Learn more about this course of study here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program at Herzing University provides you with opportunities to study the American criminal justice system, including corrections and criminal law. When you are accepted into this program, you could be able to develop various investigative techniques and skills while learning about law enforcement practices. In addition, you could gain fundamental knowledge of issues related to domestic and international terrorism. You might also examine the ethical and societal problems that can affect law enforcement personnel and public safety responders. This program is offered online and at select Herzing University campuses.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to enter this program. You must also be dedicated to ensuring the safety of the public. Physical strength and the ability to work well under pressure are very important. Though requirements may vary, you should have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete a minimum of 122 semester credits to graduate from this program. Your courses are listed below.

Required Criminal Justice Courses

Course Code Course Title
CJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 115 Criminal Law
CJ 120 Introduction to Criminology
CJ 130 Introduction to Law and Judicial Process
CJ 200 Introduction to Corrections
CJ 210 Law Enforcement Security
CJ 220 Ethics in Law Enforcement
CJ 230 Evidence Forensics
CJ 250 Juvenile Justice
CJ 300 Criminalistics
CJ 310 Criminal Investigation
CJ 320 Civil Liability in Public Safety
CJ 400 Criminal Psychology
CJ 420 Narcotics and Drug Abuse
HS 100 Introduction to Homeland Security

Open Elective Courses

  • You must earn at least 31 semester credit hours of open elective courses. Of those, 14 semester credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.

Required Capstone or Internship Course

Course Code Course Title
CJ 491

HS 494
Criminal Justice Capstone Project
OR
Internship

Required Courses in General Education

  • Students must complete a minimum of 37 semester credit hours in general education courses, including mathematics, behavioral science, and English composition.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

Course Code Course Title
PD 121Professional Development I
PD 202 Professional Development II
PD 214 AS / AAS / BS / Diploma Internship Preparation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you might search for employment within federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies. Other settings in which you might seek employment include private businesses, banks, hospitals, and airports. You could pursue positions such as the following at the entry level:

  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Corporate Security Specialist
  • Probation Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Private Detective

Advanced Degrees

If your goal is to pursue advancement to administrative or managerial criminal justice positions, you might benefit from a master's-level program. Courses in such a program might cover special topics in criminal justice, research analysis, personnel administration, and policy analysis. Examples of graduate programs include:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Master of Science in Public Administration in Criminal Justice