The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to provide a balanced education that examines the multidisciplinary nature of criminal justice and the organization and operation of each functional component in the field of law enforcement. Students will gain essential skills and knowledge pertinent to the criminal justice system.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree requires completion of forty (40) courses for 120 credits. The same course may not be used to fulfill multiple requirements in general education or major areas of this degree program.
- Develop an understanding of criminal justice organizations and operations through courses that reflect current industry practice.
- Demonstrate proficiency in researching, collecting, and organizing complex data, problem solving, and working collaboratively.
- Exhibit the ability to think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally.
- Through degree completion, demonstrate the depth of knowledge sought by employers for entry to mid-level positions in the criminal justice field.
- Prepare for advanced study in the field of criminal justice.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program consists of a total of 40 courses:
|English Composition and Oral Communication||3 Courses||9 Credits|
|Statistics||1 Course||3 Credits|
|Mathematics||2 Course||6 Credits|
|Natural Sciences||2 Courses||6 Credits|
|Critical Reasoning||1 Course||3 Credits|
|Social/Behavioral Sciences||5 Courses||15 Credits|
|Humanities||6 Courses||18 Credits|
|Major Electives||10 Courses||30 Credits|
|Minor Electives||4 Courses||12 Credits|
General Education Requirements:
The general education component is designed to emphasize cognitive development and is “general” in the following ways:
- It is not directly related to students’ formal technical, vocational, or professional preparation.
- It is a part of every student’s course of study, regardless of his/her area of emphasis.
- It is intended to impart common knowledge, intellectual concepts, and attitudes that provide a foundation upon which students can build a rewarding educational experience.
Through NCU’s general education courses, students will acquire the breadth of knowledge characteristic of a liberal arts education.
B.S. in Criminal Justice Core Courses Six Courses (18 Credits)
Foundation courses provide basic knowledge in the discipline and prepare students for further study in this major.
B.S. in Criminal Justice Major Electives Ten Courses (30 Credits)
The major electives are designed to develop experience in the discipline and may be met by approved transfer credit courses or by the recommended NCU courses.
General Electives Four Courses (12 Credits)
In order to develop additional depth and breadth in their major, students are encouraged to take intermediate or advanced courses in discipline-related areas. General elective courses may be met by approved transfer credit courses or by the recommended NCU courses and may not duplicate courses that meet any other curriculum requirement in Criminal Justice Recommended Degree Plan
B.S. in Criminal Justice Recommended Degree Plan
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
|Term||Course No.||Course Name||Credits|
|CS110||Introduction to Computers||3|
|CJ316||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|HI171||Western Civilization I||3|
|4||PF280||Diversity and Inclusion||3|
|HI172||Western Civilization II||3|
|EN221||American Literature I||3|
|6||CM365||Developing Critical Thinking Skills||3|
|CJ265||Juveniles in the Justice System||3|
|CJ341||Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System||3|
|CJ342||Criminal Law and Procedure||3|
|8||CJ451||Drugs – Use and Abuse||3|
|CJ376||Police and Community Relations||3|
|CJ336||American Constitutional Law||3|
|9||CJ431||Probation and Parole||3|
|CJ321||Leadership in Criminal Justice||3|
|BA356||Human Resources Management||3|
|10||CJ458||Special Populations in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ371||Criminal Justice Research Methods||3|
|Total Credits Required for Bachelor’s Degree:||120|