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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Online

Complete Coursework: Varies Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $437 per credit hour

Overview


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Online

Gain a comprehensive understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, theories of crime and punishment, criminal law, ethics, and social science research methods. We offer online coursework focusing on three major aspects of the criminal justice system—police, courts, and corrections.

In this program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the philosophy and history of law enforcement; crime and police problems, as well as the organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies
  • Analyze the American court system, including the structure, functions, and roles of incumbents in the courts
  • Examine the concepts of morality and law and their relationships—especially the ethical underpinnings of justice and the law
  • Gain a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the theories, issues, and traditions underlying criminal justice and criminal behavior, as well as theories of crime

Courses

In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online, students must complete 24 core credit hours, 24 major elective credit hours, 37 general education credit hours, 12 credit hours from a declared minor, and an additional 23 credit hours of free electives. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of our B.A. in Criminal Justice online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online degree program must submit and ACT score of 18 (English, math, reading). Required SAT scores for undergraduate admission: (prior to March 2016) 430 (math and writing subscores), 450 (critical reading), or (March 2016 forward) 23.5 (math), and 25 (reading, writing, and language). Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 undergraduate GPA.

To learn more about B.A. in Criminal Justice online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online degree program can vary depending on transfer credits. Tuition is $437 per credit hour, not including required fees. The application fee is $40. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Kentucky and can be paid by the course.

To learn more about B.A. in Criminal Justice online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation, registering for classes, and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the B.A. in Criminal Justice online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online, students must complete 24 core credit hours, 24 major elective credit hours, 37 general education credit hours, 12 credit hours from a declared minor, and an additional 23 credit hours of free electives. Students should consult with their academic advisor to devise their individual degree plan and to answer any questions about required and elective courses.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system; organization and operation of police, courts, and corrections; race, ethnicity, gender, and criminal justice decision-making, current trends, and future prospects.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the philosophy and history of law enforcement; crime and police problems; organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; professional career opportunities and qualifications.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of all areas of corrections in the U.S. informed by law, psychology, sociology, and public policy. Topics explored include: history and philosophy of punishment, prisons and jails, institutional programming, management of various offender populations, incarceration trends, intermediate sanctions, and parole.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an analysis of the American courts; structure, functions, and roles of incumbents in the courts; emphasis on political and economic contexts within which the court works. Includes survey of research on American legal system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the structure and format of the juvenile justice system; police, courts, and corrections; analysis and description of the organizational structure of each of the subsystems of the justice process; introduction to juvenile justice research findings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the concepts of morality and law and their relationships—especially the ethical underpinnings of justice and the law. It analyzes the nature of ethics as it bears on social problems and the law, including philosophical analysis and theories of ethics, and students are encouraged to view society and the law philosophically.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the application of basic research methodologies for criminal justice. Topics include research design, sampling, validity, reliability, and experimental designs, with a primary emphasis on survey and evaluation research techniques.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the theories, issues, and traditions underlying criminal justice and criminal behavior; biological, psychological, economic, and sociological theories of crime; crime measurement.

Students must choose 24 credit hours from the following courses, 15 hours of which should be courses from the 300/400 levels.

Take 9 credit hours from the following 200 level courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the kinds, degrees, and admissibility of evidence; collection and handling of evidence; introduction to forensics and criminalistics; application of investigative techniques to specific offenses; types of investigations such as wiretapping, undercover, and sting operations; current trends and future prospects.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers methods of research in establishing authoritative legal opinion and the processing of legal activities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the political formulation of race and gender; race and gender issues related to criminality, victimization, prosecution; adjudication, sanctions, and employment within the legal system; antecedents of contemporary practice; prospects for change.

Choose 15 credit hours from the following 300/400 level courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course looks at major crimes; classification, elements of proof, intent, conspiracy, responsibility, parties, and defenses; common law and adaptations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Collaboration between police and community to identify and solve community crime problems; strategies and procedures to incorporate community opinion into policing and management; methods of increasing community responsibility in law enforcement.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course looks at legal requirements, management issues, and proper procedures in administering correctional operations in the U.S.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the American correctional system; law of sentencing; corrections; constitutional rights of prisoners; laws, cases, significant changes in judicial policy toward prison litigation; legislative trends toward curtailment of prisoners' rights and benefits.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The media play important roles in shaping public perceptions of criminals and criminal justice professionals as well as public attitudes towards crime, violence, and "appropriate" methods of social control. This course is intended to enhance awareness and understanding of accurate and inaccurate filmic depictions of criminal justice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a multidisciplinary approach to studying alternatives to incarceration. The history of probation, parole, and the emergence of intermediate sanctions are explored. Topics include boot camps, electronic monitoring, drug courts, halfway houses, intensive supervision. Finally, empirical research evaluating the effectiveness of these alternatives will be discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course looks at the criminal justice professional’s role in collection, analysis, and preparation of evidence for criminal trials and hearings; establishing witness credibility in hearings, trials, depositions; knowledge of federal and state laws, and court decisions governing expert witness status; presenting evidence and testimony at criminal hearings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of methods of crime prevention (approaches outside the confines of the CJS). Theory and research related to neighborhood, school, and other situational efforts of crime prevention are explored, providing an understanding of the objectives and effectiveness of various crime prevention strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course analyzes the criminal justice policies that are considered less than desirable and impacts, or unintended consequences they have on the criminal justice system and society. How policies are developed, evidence-based policy making, and best practices in policy-making will be addressed. An analysis of particular criminal justice policies including, but not limited to, the drug war, immigration, mandatory minimums, the death penalty, mothers in prison, and sex offender registries.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of capital punishment including: history, important Supreme Court decisions, methods of execution, the comparative costs of incarceration and execution, miscarriages of justice, philosophies, and public opinion.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The life course paradigm includes examination of sociology, psychology, and behavioral genetics to investigate the initiation, escalation, duration, and termination of the criminal career. The importance of genetics and biology, abuse in infancy and childhood, the role of parents and peers in adolescence, and the causes of de-escalation will be discussed in examining the offending trajectory and turning points of criminals.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Intensive study of a specific topic or issue in criminal justice. Topics vary as new issues arise. May be repeated when topics vary.

For students to take a minor (which is 18-28 credit hours) outside of Criminal Justice or Criminalistics OR 12 credit hours in one discipline that is not Criminal Justice for an area of FOCUS.

For free electives, students must take up to 23 credit hours or no more than an additional 23 hours, depending on the total number of hours needed to reach the bachelor's degree minimum of 120.

Students must take 37 credit hours of general education courses, selected from the following categories. Note, some general education courses may be part of the major/minor/focus requirements. If so, those courses may be used to count for both general education and the major/minor/focus.

  • General Education Courses:
    • Communication; Written (3)
    • Communication; Written II (3)
    • Communication; Oral (3)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry;
  • Mathematics and Statistics (3)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry;
  • Natural Sciences with lab (4)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry;
  • Natural Sciences without lab (3)
    • Self and Society;
  • Cultural Pluralism (3)
    • Self and Society;
  • Individual and Society (3)
    • Self and Society;
  • Individual and Society (3)
  • Culture and Creativity (3)
  • Culture and Creativity (3)
  • Global Viewpoints (3)
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Admissions


It's time to get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online program, along with information on required documentation.

B.A. in Criminal Justice Online Requirements

Applicants for the B.A. in Criminal Justice online program are evaluated on a holistic basis and must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Required ACT scores for undergraduate admission: 18 (English, math, reading). Required SAT scores for undergraduate admission: (prior to March 2016) 430 (math and writing subscores), 450 (critical reading), or (March 2016 forward) 23.5 (math), and 25 (reading, writing, and language)

Note: Students must pass STA 205 to enroll in JUS 315 and JUS 317.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Admissions
Lucas Administrative Center
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Program Per Credit Hour* Per Course*
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice $437 $1,311

*Does not include $960 in total fees that will be divided and assessed by credit hour based on the number of hours taken.

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Calendar


For the B.A. in Criminal Justice Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 2 June 25, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 20, 2018 June 25, 2018 August 10, 2018
Fall 1 August 20, 2018 August 6, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 15, 2018 August 20, 2018 October 5, 2018
Fall 2 October 17, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 10, 2018 October 12, 2018 October 17, 2018 December 7, 2018
Spring 1 January 14, 2019 January 2, 2019 January 7, 2019 January 9, 2019 January 9, 2019 March 1, 2019
Spring 2 March 18, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 May 3, 2019
Summer 1 May 13, 2019 April 29, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 8, 2019 June 28, 2019
Summer 2 July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 26, 2019 June 26, 2019 August 16, 2019
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