Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice

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Interested in a career that offers the opportunity to apply your skills in criminal justice to work with underage offenders? If so, you might consider Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice program. Read on for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Once enrolled in Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice program, you will be exposed to a curriculum that focuses on both general criminal justice topics as well as juvenile delinquency, case management, and social service systems. You might learn more about delinquency hearings and trials, current juvenile justice programs, approaches to family and domestic violence, prevention measures, and the effects of and alternatives to incarceration for youthful offenders. Treatment plans, caseload management, intervention methods, communication strategies, and youth sentencing could be addressed in a case management course. You could apply what you have learned in a series of integrative assignments presented in the culminating capstone course.

What are the Prerequisites?

A strong interest in the criminal justice system and prior coursework in psychology and sociology are important if you wish to enter this program. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

As a student of the BS in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice program, you must complete 180 credits to earn this degree. You will take 33 credits in core coursework, 88 credits in major courses, 29 credits in the area of concentration, and 30 credits of open electives.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CM107College Composition I
CM220College Composition II
CS204Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
Choose one of the following:
MM150Survey of Mathematics
MM212College Algebra
Choose one of the following:
HU200Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
HU245 Ethics
HU250Humanities and Culture
Choose one of the following:
SC200Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
SC235General Biology I - Human Perspectives
SC246Fundamentals of Microbiology
SC250Fundamentals of Science
Choose one of the following:
SS211The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
SS236People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
SS250The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Criminal Justice Major Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ100Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
CJ101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ102Criminology I
CJ210Criminal Investigation

Crime Prevention
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CJ216Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
CJ227Criminal Procedure
CJ230Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
CJ340Applied Criminal Justice Ethics

Supevisory Practices in Criminal Justice
Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
CJ490Research Methods in Criminal Justice
300/400 Level Open Electives
CJ499Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice

Concentration Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ150Juvenile Delinquency
CJ333Family and Domestic Violence
CJ420Juvenile Justice
CJ445Case Management
PS440Abnormal Psychology

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing the BS in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice program at Purdue University Global, you could be ready to apply your skills in a variety of professional settings. You might use your knowledge of juvenile justice system procedures and processes to find employment in youth detention centers, counseling centers, community rehabilitation centers, or local government agencies.

Positions you could pursue include:

  • Youth counselor
  • Juvenile corrections officer
  • Juvenile court clerk
  • Juvenile detention center supervisor

Advanced Degrees

Career advancement opportunities might require that you hold a graduate degree in the field. After graduating from the BS in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice program, you might enroll in a master's degree program in criminal justice or a related area. These studies could increase your understanding of rehabilitation and legal processes and build necessary managerial and leadership skills. Graduate degrees you could purse include:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice
  • Master of Science in Human Services - Community and Family Services