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As the U.S. economy continues to transition from goods-producing to service-providing employment, job candidates who have the ability to interact and communicate effectively with others—both interpersonally and through various forms of media—will be at a tremendous advantage. Service-providing industries are expected to account for approximately 18 million new wage and salary jobs generated over the decade ending in 2020.* Study to prepare for your role in this exciting industry by earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication at Kaplan University.
Through a combination of theory and application, this program is designed to help you develop strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills applicable in any career field. The Bachelor of Science in Communication curriculum emphasizes:
In addition, the faculty in our communication courses sometimes provide feedback to students through hotlinks to relevant video clips, web links, and digital resources.
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This program is designed to prepare you to enter the fields of advertising, marketing, organizational communication, public relations, publishing, human resources, law, criminal justice, politics, public administration, ministry, social services, opinion and market research, fundraising, civil service, international business, and management.†
Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Kaplan University master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:
Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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Oct 19, 2016
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Jan 04, 2017
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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.
Total Program Credits: 180
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.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
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.
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.
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.
Total Program Credits: 180
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
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.
This course discusses community corrections including jails, probation, and intermediate sanctions and supervision. It examines institutional corrections to include prisons, the prison experience, management and staffing, and special populations. Additionally, it analyzes correctional issues, such as offender reentry and community supervision, and discusses the legal implications of three-strikes laws and the death penalty. Finally, the course discusses the future of corrections.
This course examines the administrative and operational aspects of modern corrections in the United States. The historical development of corrections; the philosophy of punishment and corrections; correctional institutions, programs, and services; and topics such as inmate rights and correctional staffing are examined. Contemporary issues, such as overcrowding and privatization, are also explored.
This course discusses the role of the courts in relation to corrections and the types of lawsuits inmates file. It helps correctional staff understand not only the rights of the inmates but their own rights as well, and provides guidance for when staff can be sued and what is likely to occur in a lawsuit. Finally, it examines what the courts have decided about inmates' practice of religion, receipt of mail, visits, and discipline.
This course examines the constitutional
protection and due process afforded every person arrested in the
United States. It provides students with a thorough understanding
of the U.S. justice system from the time of arrest through the
sentencing of the criminal offender. In addition, this course
examines such matters as victims' rights and the effects of gangs
on the crime problem.
This course discusses the history and philosophy of corrections, corrections within the criminal justice system, theories of punishment, historical responses to crime and punishment, the development and growth of the prison system, and the sentencing goals of corrections. Additionally, it analyzes special topics in corrections including juveniles, women, capital punishment, and civil commitment.
This course teaches students the fundamentals
of morality and ethics in the context of applied criminal
justice. Topics covered include the role of ethics as it pertains
to the recruitment, hiring, and promotion of personnel; the
mission of the criminal justice system; the importance of
maintaining public trust; the responsible use of discretionary
authority; the devastating consequences of official misconduct
and recommendations for its control; the importance of
organizational leadership; the role of training; and the future
of the criminal justice system.
This course provides an overview of technology, special populations, and sentencing paradigms in twenty-first century corrections. Additionally, the impact of politics in corrections is covered including how policy making can affect the accreditation of correctional facilities and administration of a diverse inmate population. The course focuses on ethical dilemmas that can occur in a variety of correctional settings.
This course provides an overview of the juvenile justice system in the United States. It focuses on the design and application of the juvenile justice system. Upon completion of the course, you will have a full understanding of the interrelationships among philosophy, notions of causation, and procedural requirements provided to youthful offenders and abused children. You will also be able to discuss and identify diversion and prevention programs, the effects of incarceration, and possible alternatives to incarceration. Last, the future of juvenile courts and the juvenile justice system will be addressed.
This course provides an introduction to probation, the most common response to criminal offenders, and parole. As the problem of prison overcrowding continues, probation and parole will expand, and so will the controversy surrounding their use. You will gain an understanding not only of probation and parole history, administration, policy, and procedures, but also areas of controversy. The course also provides insight into the difficult but interesting work performed by probation and parole officers.
This course discusses the history of probation and parole, the modern era of probation and parole, and contemporary probation and parole issues. Additionally, this course examines the different types of intermediate sanctions, including fines, restitution, restorative justice, house arrest, electronic monitoring, and community residential centers, and the effectiveness of these types of intermediate sanctions.
This course discusses an overview of correctional administration from its historical roots to management of correctional staff, environments, and facilities. It analyzes correctional operations and critical issues facing administrators. Additionally, the course examines leadership and management, mentoring, empowerment, budgeting, external environments, and various inmate populations.
Topics covered include quantitative, qualitative, evaluative, and predictive research; principles of the scientific perspective; research ethics; methodology and design; sampling procedures; survey research; nonreactive data collection techniques; measurement of data; relationships between variables; descriptive statistics; and preparing and reading research reports.
CJ 101; may not be taken concurrently with CJ
This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Bachelor of Science in Corrections. This course comprises a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the corrections curriculum. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.
Final term or Dean approval
Total Program Credits: 180
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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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Projections Overview, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2013/article/overview-of-projections-to-2022.htm. (Accessed October, 2013) National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth
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