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Online Bachelor of Science.

Criminal Justice

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed for adults with transferable college credit who are seeking opportunities for advancement in the field of criminal justice.

Criminal Justice (BS) coursework is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the career fields of criminal justice. The criminal justice degree serves as a foundation for career positions such as police officer, deputy sheriff, highway patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation officer, parole officer, as well as various federal law enforcement positions. Policing and institutional corrections employment also will require the completion of a training academy.

The Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice offers areas of study in Forensic Investigations, Juvenile Justice, Homeland Security, and Private Security. A field of study is a grouping of electives that focus on particular interests and career paths.

Criminal Justice, Emphasis: Forensic Investigations

Students enrolled in the BS Criminal Justice program develop knowledge and skills in the following major core courses:

A combination of six (6) of the following courses can be taken as electives:

  • Introduction to Forensic Investigations
  • Evidence
  • Forensic Photography (3 hours)
  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Investigation of Sex Crimes
  • Medicolegal Investigation of Death
  • Computer Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Archeology
  • Psychology and the Law (Intro to Forensic Psychology)

Criminal Justice, Emphasis: Private Security

  • Introduction to Private Security
  • Cybercrime in Criminal Justice
  • White-Collar Crime and the Law
  • Hate Crimes and the Law
  • Loss Prevention, Crime Prevention, and Hospital Security
  • Security Operations Theory
  • Computer Forensic Investigation
  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigation
  • Homeland Security & Terrorism

Criminal Justice, Emphasis: Homeland Security

  • Homeland Security & Terrorism
  • Gangs in America
  • Security Operations Theory
  • Loss Prevention, Crime Prevention, & Hospital Security
  • Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism in Criminal Justice
  • Hate Crimes and the Law

Criminal Justice, Emphasis: Juvenile Justice

A combination of six (6) of the following courses can be taken as electives:

  • Juvenile Justice & Delinquency
  • Psychology & the Law
  • Gangs in America
  • Community Policing
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Human Relations
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Child Growth & Development
  • Diversity and Criminal Justice
  • Victimology

Students develop other necessary knowledge and skills in courses in the Support Core and General Education Core, including courses in communications, science, mathematics, humanities/behavioral/social science, and college and career success.

Common Occupations of Graduates

  • Police Officers
  • Social and Community Service Workers
  • Probation and Parole Officers
  • Security Guards
  • Correctional Service Officers

Employment Information*

  • 92.14% of recent graduates find employment
  • Median Earnings: $51,322
  • Earning Range: $40,468

*Source: Government of Canada – 2017-11-15


Why Choose NAU?

Personal Advisor

Our support starts before you enroll – and continues to graduation day. You are assigned a personal enrollment advisor on day one, and will have an academic advisor after you enroll.

Transfer Credit Accepted

We offer free transfer evaluations and accept up to 75% of the program to transfer in from another institution/program.

Experienced Faculty

Our Faculty members are skilled professionals that work in the fields they teach, bringing practical knowledge and experience into the online classroom.

Program Completion Flexibility

As a standard, full-time student you can complete the program in as few as 15 months, however, you may choose your course load – take as many or as few classes at one time as you want.

Credit for Real-World Experience

Earn credit for prior learning which includes experiential learning or portfolio credits awarded by NAU, and evaluated corporate training certificates

Student Learning Resources

NAU offers multiple student learning services, from free tutoring, to our Ask-a-Librarian service (open 7 days a week), to free access to scholarly journals that are up-to-date in your field.

Ready for the Next Steps?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Our support starts before you enroll – and continues to graduation day. You are assigned a personal enrollment advisor.

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