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  • Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

    Sep 21

    Online Start Date
    Sep 21, 2016

    Oct 19

    Online and Campus Start Date
    Oct 19, 2016

    Nov 09

    Online Start Date
    Nov 09, 2016

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks


    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    CJ 100: PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN PUBLIC SAFETY (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to careers in criminal justice and describes the Kaplan University public safety degree programs. The field of study, skill sets, and the criminal justice agencies and diverse populations encountered in the field will be discussed. Students will research the public safety degree program and class offerings in conjunction with their professional and personal goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals. This course is designed to ensure criminal justice students have a successful social and academic transition into academic excellence within the Kaplan University community, and provide a foundation for success within the profession. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal justice system, the current state of the criminal justice agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing them.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 102: CRIMINOLOGY I (5 Credits)

    This course presents a framework for studying the nature and causes of crime and antisocial behavior. It focuses on explanations provided through criminal topologies and criminological theories, using a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives. Topics range from crime causation to the extent of crime, victimization, social and psychological theories, and various types of criminality including violent, property, and public order offenses.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    SS 144: SOCIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 110: INTRODUCTION TO CRIME ANALYSIS (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the functions of a crime analyst and how they both differ from and complement those of a crime scene investigator or detective. You will explore crime analysis, including basic statistics, as well as methodology and procedures that have been authored by leaders in the field and endorsed by the International Association of Crime Analysts. As a result, you will gain an understanding of the history and importance of crime analysis in the law enforcement field, as well as the responsibilities of tactical, strategic, and administrative crime analysts.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 140: INTRODUCTION TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and constitutional amendments as they relate to criminal law and the collection of criminal evidence. It will introduce students to criminal evidence through landmark Supreme Court cases and provide background in search and seizure and due process as they relate to criminal justice practice.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 200: FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING (5 Credits)

    This course examines psychological profiling within the context of crime analysis. You will learn the importance of crime scene analysis, modus operandi (MO), and criminal signatures in identifying specific types of offenders. Case studies will be used to highlight techniques used in this process. This will provide you with the necessary foundation for understanding the benefits from this analytical technique.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 233: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course will introduce you to the field of forensic psychology and encourages you to examine the legal system through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research results. Topics covered include the theories of crime, the role of psychology in the legal system, the police and the criminal justice system, and the use of forensic assessments in both criminal and civil cases. Using case law and landmark Supreme Court decisions, you will explore the foundations of forensic psychology and its impact on the criminal justice system.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 266: DEVIANCE AND VIOLENCE (5 Credits)

    This course explores research in the field of behavioral deviance. Students analyze case studies of various types of serial killers, focusing on casual explanations, police investigative strategies, and research-based recommendations for preventing and responding to these violent acts. Students also examine the responses of the justice system and victimization profiles, along with situational factors such as victim offender relationships. This course presents a special concentration on stalking, domestic violence, abusive behavior, and public policy efforts to reduce the threat of violence.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 289: ASSOCIATE'S CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course is designed as the culminating experience of the criminal justice and criminology degree. This course consists of a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the criminal justice curricula. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Final term or Dean approval

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (25 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Tuition & Fees: All Tracks

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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    Tuition Cap Pricing

    New enrollees in this program are eligible for Kaplan University Tuition Cap pricing, with a maximum cost of attendance of
    $22,500

    With the exception of background check fees ($49.00), tuition and fees are included in the calculation of the overall Tuition Cap program cost and will no longer be charged once the student has reached the maximum cost of attendance as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap program. For more information, click here.

    The Kaplan University Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Kaplan University scholarships, grants, or tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

    Maine residents interested in enrolling in an online program: click here for tuition and fee information.

    Tuition and Fees

    Some programs have additional associated fees that are not included in the price of tuition. Click here or check with an Admissions Advisor for more information.

    Maine residents interested in enrolling in an online program: click here for tuition and fee information.  

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    Notice to Learning Center Students

    Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of their program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an Admissions Advisor. Not all programs are available for enrollment at the Kaplan University Learning Center.

    Scholarships and Grants

    Learn more about grants and Kaplan University Scholarships that may help reduce the cost of your education.

    Kaplan University tuition reductions (including military servicemember, spouse, and veterans tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined. 

    Tuition Rates for Military Students and Spouses

    Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.

  • Note: For certain locations, program enrollment is onsite with online instruction.

  • Some states have additional curricular requirements. Check the University Catalog or speak with an Admissions Advisor.

  • * Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education beyond the associate’s level. Some positions require a 4-year bachelor's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

    ACJS does not accredit university programs.

    Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment policies.

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