Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

From homeland security to the security of your local neighborhoods, schools, and businesses, public safety is a top concern in today's society. Numerous career paths exist for people who want to take an active role in making their own community a better, safer place. Whether you are seeking entry-level employment in the field of criminal justice or want to advance your current career in law enforcement or private security, earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice may help you achieve your goal.*

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Program Highlights

In addition to a providing a broad liberal arts education, this baccalaureate program combines professional skills training with courses designed to help you develop a solid foundation of criminal justice knowledge. In this program you will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the U.S. criminal justice system, its agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges they face
  • Explore applied research methods and techniques used in the field
  • Examine the development of criminal law, the elements and types of criminal offenses, and the principles of criminal culpability
  • Complete a capstone project to demonstrate your ability to apply the critical thinking skills and concepts you study online to real-world criminal justice scenarios

Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Kaplan University, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Kaplan University, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Kaplan University, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap program. 

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Per-credit tuition reductions are based on standard tuition rate of $371.00 multiplied by the number of credits required to complete the degree.

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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Concentrations

Developing specialized skills in a specific area of criminal justice may set you apart from other applicants in today's competitive job market. Customize your curriculum with electives in one of the following concentrations:

  • Crime Scene Investigation: Focus on techniques for locating, collecting, and analyzing crime scene evidence. Study how to identify boundaries of a crime scene and understand the principles of searching the crime scene for specific types of evidence, identifiable forensic material, and other items of evidentiary value.
  • Forensic Psychology: Study psychology within the context of the criminal justice system. Focus on enhancing your ability to identify and interact with mentally ill individuals, intervene in crisis situations, and understand the impact of crime on its victims and the community.
  • Homeland Security: Examine the roots of terrorism, response methods to weapons of mass destruction and other disaster incidents, crisis negotiation, and conflict resolution. This concentration is designed to help prepare criminal justice professionals, military personnel, or businesspeople for new opportunities in the field of criminal justice, especially with multinational corporations.
  • Juvenile Justice: Focus on the unique needs of youth in today's justice system. Examine sentencing, risk and needs assessment, psychology, intervention/diversion/prevention programs, communication and relationship building, and case management for juvenile offenders.
  • Law Enforcement: Focus on landmark Supreme Court cases and how the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights apply in criminal law. Examine contemporary law enforcement organizations, community policing, policing in selected foreign countries, civil liability, and public expectations.
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Accelerated Master's Degree Option

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: 

  • Master of Public Administration 
  • Master of Science in Human Services 
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies 
  • Master of Science in Psychology 

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.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

With a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you may qualify for employment opportunities related to computer crime, counterterrorism, crime scene investigation, detention, fraud investigation, homeland security, juvenile justice and detention, law enforcement, parole and probation, prisons, private investigations, or public safety.* Additional opportunities may be found in corporate, government, or private security.

How Do I Get Started?

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.

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Curriculum: Standard Track

  • Bachelor's Core

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This 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. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD Change

      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 students a 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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES Change

      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 course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 88

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 102: CRIMINOLOGY I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 210: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION Change

      This course explains the importance and legal significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques used during criminal investigations, such as photography, interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and how each applies to specific types of crimes.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 216: COMPUTERS, TECHNOLOGY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS Change

      This course is an introduction to information systems used within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal levels. Included is an overview of existing systems, the impact of technology upon criminal justice agencies, and a summary of future needs.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any College Composition I course

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 227: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 230: CRIMINAL LAW FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE Change

      In this course, students learn how to identify the elements of a crime and to categorize crimes by type, including homicide, crimes against the person, and crimes against property or habitation. Students learn about criminal capacity, different defenses, and who may be considered parties to a crime.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 340: APPLIED CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS Change

      This course discusses the fundamentals of morality and ethics in the context of applied criminal justice. You will gain an understanding of ethics within the criminal justice system, ethical reasoning, as well as contemporary ethical issues faced by practitioners and organizations. Strategies for controlling public corruption, how to utilize the pillars of justice and the law enforcement code of ethics, and tools to evaluate noble cause corruption will also be discussed.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 490: RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Change

      This course covers fundamental research methodologies in criminal justice. You will study topical areas including research purposes, measurement of variables, and hypothesis design. Additionally, research designs, population and sample development, and data collection techniques will be discussed. Finally, you will understand the importance of research ethics, and preparing and reading research studies.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101; may not be taken concurrently with CJ 499

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • 300/400-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      24

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Change

      This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. This course comprises a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the criminal justice 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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean

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

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    • CJ 100: PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN PUBLIC SAFETY Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CS 121: PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS Change

      Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 212: CRIME PREVENTION Change

      This course provides an overview of the diverse field of crime prevention with a heavy emphasis on primary prevention and a minor focus on secondary and tertiary prevention. You will explore such elements of crime prevention as physical environmental design, the role of the community and the mass media, deterrence, community policing, school programs, drug abuse issues, and rehabilitation.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 233: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Change

      This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow you to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares you for effective police management and supervision.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 444: MANAGING CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS Change

      This course deals with concepts and theory in the field of organizational behavior. The course focuses on the historical perspectives of organizational theorists, theories of motivations and leadership, and future trends and developments in modern organizations.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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

    Total Electives Credits: 59

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • OPEN ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      59

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
      Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

Curriculum: Concentration

Concentration
Select a Concentration
  • Select a Concentration
  • Crime Scene Investigation Concentration
  • Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Homeland Security Concentration
  • Juvenile Justice Concentration
  • Law Enforcement Concentration
  • Please Select a Concentration Above
  • Crime Scene Investigation Concentration

    Total Crime Scene Investigation Concentration Credits: 24

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CJ 328: FORENSIC FINGERPRINT ANALYSIS Change

      This course provides the student with a historical view of the science of fingerprints, as well as a look at the struggle to develop a universal classification system. It will discuss the basic fundamentals of the formation of friction ridge skin and the functions of the different layers of human skin. As the course explores the systematic approach to processing crime scenes for latent fingerprints, the student will experience hands-on fingerprint processing techniques. In addition, various types of computer software and photography equipment will be evaluated as latent print enhancement and documentary tools. In summation, the course will delve into the actual evaluation and comparison of latent prints, ending with a discussion of the latent print examiner as an expert witness in court.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Change

      This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow you to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares you for effective police management and supervision.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • CJ 370: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION II Change

      This course provides students with a general overview of crime scene techniques for a basic understanding of how to process crime scenes. Students will also learn the importance of evaluating and processing evidence in order to assist crime laboratory experts.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • CJ 385: FORENSIC CHEMISTRY AND TRACE EVIDENCE ANALYSIS Change

      This course enhances the student's understanding of forensic science and its application to criminal investigations. It examines the history and development of the crime laboratory, forensic services provided to the law enforcement community, and the function of the forensic scientist. It provides an overview of the various types of physical evidence commonly submitted to the forensic laboratory for analysis. Students will explore how the forensic scientist uses analytical instruments and microscopes to examine, identify, and compare chemical and physical properties of suspected drug and toxicology samples, and trace evidence (e.g., glass, soil, metal, hair, fibers, paint, flammable liquids, and explosives).

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 370

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

  • Forensic Psychology Concentration

    Total Forensic Psychology Concentration Credits: 24

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CJ 325: PSYCHOLOGY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT Change

      The goal of this course is to provide the student with practical knowledge and information pertaining to the field of psychology within law enforcement. It will cover fundamental issues regarding crisis/hostage negotiations and the various psychological services provided to police officers by the organizations they work for. This course will aim to counter any myths about using these services by illustrating the benefits they can provide officers and their families.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101; PS 124 recommended

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • CJ 440: CRISIS INTERVENTION Change

      The goal of this course is to provide the student with practical knowledge and information to effectively mediate in a crisis situation. This course will review empirically validated approaches to crisis intervention. It will describe the evolution of crisis intervention as a field, theoretical bases, and the role of law enforcement in crisis situations. In addition, assessment and diagnosis of psychological issues commonly found in crisis situations will be covered.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101; PS 440 recommended

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 440: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      PS 124 recommended

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • 300/400 LEVEL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE Change

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

  • Homeland Security Concentration

    Total Homeland Security Concentration Credits: 24

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CJ 307: CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN TERRORIST ATTACKS AND DISASTERS Change

      This course will cover the methodology and rationale behind the unified response to a terrorist, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), or disaster incident within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) systems. You will explore the management and incident command response to terrorist, WMD, or disaster events including elements of logistics, budgeting, prioritization, staffing, and support. In addition you will examine these methodologies from the perspective of crisis management and consequence management.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who select the homeland security concentration will have the prerequisite of FS 120 waived.
    • CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY Change

      The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who select the homeland security concentration will have the prerequisite of FS 120 waived.
    • CJ 407: CRISIS NEGOTIATION Change

      This course will cover crisis intervention and hostage situations where people are being held against their will as hostages, or in cases where a person has threatened violence or has barricaded themselves in preparation for a law enforcement response. Students will explore the reasons for the increase in school, workplace, and domestic violence and formulate comprehensive strategies to resolve the conflict.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who select the homeland security concentration will have the prerequisite of FS 120 waived.
    • FS 320: RECOVERY PRACTICES IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Change

      This course describes how people, groups, organizations, communities, and governments manage disasters in the immediate aftermath and recover from their effects, including social, physical, business, and infrastructure problems as well as intra- and interorganizational planning. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      FS 120

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who select the homeland security concentration will have the prerequisite of FS 120 waived.
  • Juvenile Justice Concentration

    Total Juvenile Justice Concentration Credits: 29

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CJ 150: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY Change

      This course involves the study of the historical development of the juvenile justice system, current programs and services available to juvenile offenders, and delinquency hearings and criminal trials.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    • CJ 333: FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Change

      This course discusses the relationship between criminal justice and social service systems that deal with family and domestic violence, including, but not limited to, how the criminal justice, research, and social service communities work to provide a multiagency approach to this devastating issue.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    • CJ 420: JUVENILE JUSTICE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    • CJ 445: CASE MANAGEMENT Change

      This course provides an overview of case management approaches within a juvenile justice context. Students will explore the use of case management strategies to reduce recidivism, prevent unnecessary incarceration, and address problematic issues facing juvenile offenders. Students will examine the use of a comprehensive range of treatment perspectives and alternative sanctions, and understand the complexities of integrating multidisciplinary services. Additional topics include case management models and related components; managing caseloads while working with schools, courts, parents, and service providers; effective communication and relationship building; selecting appropriate intervention strategies; and traditional and innovative community-based prevention and treatment approaches to youth sentencing.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 150

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    • PS 440: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      PS 124 recommended

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

  • Law Enforcement Concentration

    Total Law Enforcement Concentration Credits: 24

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CJ 333: FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Change

      This course discusses the relationship between criminal justice and social service systems that deal with family and domestic violence, including, but not limited to, how the criminal justice, research, and social service communities work to provide a multiagency approach to this devastating issue.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY Change

      The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • CJ 370: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION II Change

      This course provides students with a general overview of crime scene techniques for a basic understanding of how to process crime scenes. Students will also learn the importance of evaluating and processing evidence in order to assist crime laboratory experts.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • CJ 411: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Change

      This course examines all aspects of drug use and abuse, with the goal of providing students with the information and knowledge to identify and understand drug use and abuse from the perspective of the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the history of drug use and abuse in the United States, the impact of drugs on the human body, various theoretical explanations for drug use and abuse, current treatment and prevention strategies, as well as the business of drugs and the criminal justice system's response in terms of law enforcement and public policy.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

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*Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University'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.