Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice

As the need for public safety continues to grow, so do the opportunities for a variety of careers in criminal justice. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, eVersity equips criminal justice graduates with marketable job skills in police practice and management, juvenile justice, and the legal system. Make an impact at the local, state, or federal level by learning to uphold and enforce the laws that protect lives.

Career Highlights

Job Outlook

Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 11% by 2022. -U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Potential Occupations

  • Protective Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Private and Corporate Security

Earning Potential

Annual median wages begin at $53,990. -U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Curriculum

Major

Criminal Justice

  • CRJU 1023: Intro to Criminal Justice
    A survey of the various components of the criminal justice system.
  • CRJU 2003: Juvenile Justice
    Structure and processes of the juvenile justice system.
  • CRJU 2013: Corrections
    Analysis of the roles and functions of corrections including institutions as well as community corrections.
  • CRJU 2023: Foundations of Research Methods
    An overview of social science research methodology focusing on creating research designs, developing appropriate measures, creating testable hypotheses, and developing research skills.
  • CRJU 2033: Policing in America
    The roles of police as they relate to modern culture and society.
  • CRJU 2053: Judicial Process
    Examines the courts, law, and the legal system including law and politics, judicial philosophy and biography.
  • CRJU 2073: Legal Research
    Students will read a variety of judicial decisions on current issues such as Freedom of Speech and complete several relatively short assignments focusing on legal reasoning and argument. Students will also learn how to find information on legal decisions and issues.
  • CRJU 2083: Police Methods
    Provides a survey of advanced topics in police practice and management, including Community Oriented Policing (COP), Problem Oriented Policing (POP), and the use of technology in the suppression and detection of crime.
  • CRJU 2093: Criminal Justice Administration
    Nature of bureaucratic organization and changing themes in organizational theory; fiscal and personnel policy; public unions and collective bargaining; leadership, communication, and motivation.
  • CRJU 3003: Procedural Law
    Analysis of procedural limitations on law enforcement and in the prosecution of crimes; emphasizes cases dealing with the fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth amendments.
  • CRJU 3023: Criminal Law
    Basic principles of substantive criminal law including defenses, elements of various crimes, and consideration of the Arkansas criminal code.
  • CRJU 3033: Criminology
    Theories of the nature and causes of crime, and analyses of various kinds of crimes.
  • CRJU 3043: Youth Gangs and Delinquency
    An examination of the historical, cross-cultural, and current state of gang involvement.
  • CRJU 3063: Legal Aspects of Corrections
    A discussion of legal problems from conviction to release: pre-sentence investigation, sentencing, diversion and alternatives to incarceration and confinement.
  • CRJU 3073: Community Corrections
    Analysis of the systems of probation and parole, including current court cases and trends in corrections.
  • CRJU 3093: Criminalistics
    Crime scene techniques. Students will gain a basic knowledge of these techniques as well as practical experience with various types of evidence.
  • CRJU 3113: Criminal Justice Ethics
    Examines the history and theory of ethics and its application to the field of criminal justice. Emphasis on the ethical standards and the implications of ethical violations for criminal justice professionals.

Mathematics

  • MATH 2103: Statistics
    Descriptive and inferential statistical techniques and methods in business are taught. Topics include qualitative data analysis, frequency distributions, numerical methods, data dispersions, variance analysis, estimation theory, sampling distributions, discrete and continuous probability distributions, hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation.

Core

eVersity Engage

  • EVSY 1001: eVersity Engage
    This course includes an introduction to online learning and the eVersity learning management system, financial literacy, college readiness and English and math skills assessment, eVersity resources and success initiatives, academic advising, and other relevant information.

Biology

  • BIOL 1004: Life Science I
    This course covers the process and method of science applied to understanding biological concepts at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and community levels. The emphasis of this course will be on biological diversity in major groups of living organisms and ecology. The course includes a lab.
  • BIOL 1104: Life Science II
    This course stresses human systems, with applications to contemporary issues in human health and the environment. The scientific method and social applications of scientific information related to human issues are emphasized. The course includes a lab.

Economics

  • ECON 2103: Macroeconomics
    A study of economic principles at the macroeconomic level, including national output, the price level, unemployment, money, and the banking system and the government’s effect on general business conditions.

English

  • ENGL 1013: English Composition I
    Writing course stressing reading skills as a basis for effective writing and argument. Includes developmental reading and writing instruction.
  • ENGL 2023: Technical Writing
    Practice in preparing reports, letters, articles, web pages, and other forms of writing used in a variety of companies and organizations.

Mathematics

  • MATH 1113: Quantitative Literacy
    The overarching goal of Quantitative Literacy is to provide students with mathematical understandings and skills to be productive workers, discerning consumers, and informed citizens. Students will solve problems using mathematical reasoning involving logic, proportions, algebra, and relations.

Philosophy

  • PHIL 1003: Logic and Critical Thinking
    An introduction to reasoning and thinking skills applicable to any field. Focus on recognition informal fallacies and the nature and use of arguments.
  • PHIL 2003: Professional Ethics
    A survey of ethical systems with an examination of how such systems can be applied to business, medical, legal, environmental, and personal issues.

Political Science

  • PLSC 2003: US Government and Society
    Constitutional principles, political parties, public opinion, civil rights, organization and functions of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches and their relationship to modern society.

Psychology

  • PSYC 1103: Intro to Psychology
    An introduction to the field of Psychology, including the investigation of the biological bases of behavior; learning and cognitive processes; developmental and social psychology; and personality, psychopathology, and the treatment of psychological disorders. Students will be expected to complete a research requirement.

Sociology

  • SOCI 1013: Intro to Sociology
    An introduction to the analysis and explanation of culture, personality, and social organization. The social processes and mechanisms of interaction involved in the natural process of cultural development, dissemination, assimilation, and the institutions of the group.

Electives 

In addition to the courses listed above, students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice will also complete 30 elective hours. 

The eVersity Difference

Balanced Schedule

By focusing on one course at a time, for six weeks, and taking a week off before starting the next course, you can easily clock out of your job and log in to your career. With seven start dates per year, back to school can happen in any season.

Affordable Quality

As a not-for-profit institution, we work hard to keep our operating costs low so we can keep your tuition low. In fact, we offer one of the lowest per-credit-hour tuition costs in the U.S. Where we invest our resources is in your education. Our University of Arkansas System faculty have a wealth of experience specializing in our areas of study.

Transferable Credits

We accept college-level courses in transfer from all accredited colleges and universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Appropriate college-level credit earned at international universities may also be eligible for transfer. Talk to an enrollment specialist for details.

Ready to rethink college?

Obtaining a college degree is one of the most important investments you can make in yourself. If you're not sure that the benefits outweigh the costs, consider this: studies have shown that people who obtain a college degree earn approximately $1 million more in their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. College graduates also have a lower unemployment rate — 2.8% compared to the nation's overall rate of 5.7%. 

From affordable tuition to career-ready degrees, eVersity has been designed for your success. Get started towards the future you deserve.

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