Criminal Justice Online Bachelor’s Degree



Prepare for a career in the criminal justice field with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from NAU Canada Online.

Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Program Overview

Criminal justice is a dynamic field, and our program and curriculum reflect that. You will cover a variety of relevant topics including investigation, private security, and conflict resolution. Learn valuable skills from industry professionals through online classes.

  • Apply legal principles to the police, courts, and correctional components of the criminal justice system
  • Apply ethical decision-making models and professional standards to criminal justice situations
  • Utilize management and leadership skills to achieve organizational objectives
  • Communicate orally and in writing in a law enforcement environment
  • Integrate and apply substantive knowledge and analytical skills to criminal justice operations and issues

Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Classes and Curriculum

The criminal justice bachelor’s degree program consists of three class requirements: major core, open electives, and general education core. These classes total 180 credits.

Criminal Justice Major Core

58.5 credits

Open Electives

60 credits

General Education Core

61.5 credits

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Criminal Justice Program Specializations

The criminal justice bachelor’s program offers seven specialties, allowing you to choose your interests and career path.

  • Forensic Investigations
  • Homeland Security and Consequence Management
  • Hospital Security
  • Introduction to Private Security
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Private Security
  • Security Operations


Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Tuition and Fees

Learn more about our undergraduate tuition schedule.

Criminal Justice Degree Career Outcomes

The criminal justice online bachelor’s degree prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities you’ll need for entry-level employment in policing, courts, or corrections, as well as for career advancement to supervisory and administrative levels. The B.S. in criminal justice serves as a foundation for such positions as police officer, deputy sheriff, state highway patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation officer, and parole officer, as well as various federal law enforcement positions. Additional training will be required for policing and institutional corrections employment.

In addition to being an entry-level employment requirement in various criminal justice agencies, a criminal justice B.S. is often criteria for higher-skilled employment, higher pay scales, and promotions.

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Criminal Justice Degree?

  • Entry-level job seekers: The criminal justice online degree is a great first step if you want to start a new career in a criminal justice field. You receive the skills you need for entry-level employment, even without significant prior experience in criminal justice.
  • Criminal justice professionals: Also, you are a great fit for this program if you already work in criminal justice but want to advance your career. Police officers, for example, can prepare for a career as a detective with a criminal justice online program.


Please Note:

Graphic images depicting violent crimes are utilized as teaching tools in various courses. Students should be prepared to view these images and to engage in discussions regarding these images as part of their required learning activities.

Individual agencies regulate the employment of individuals in the policing, courts, and corrections professions. Persons convicted of certain crimes may not serve in these positions. Please consult with the employer of interest to establish what regulations may exist.

Course Listing (180 Credits)

CJ1000     Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ1500     Criminological Theory

CJ2100     Criminal Law

CJ2150     Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice

CJ2280     Communication for the Criminal Justice Professional

CJ2300     U.S. Courts

CJ2400     U.S. Corrections

CJ3100     Criminal Investigation

CJ3400     Constitutional Law

CJ4900     Criminal Justice Capstone

CJ6100     Law and Public Policy OR
CJ3000+     CJ Elective

CJ6200     Management Topics in Criminal Justice OR
CJ3000+     CJ Elective

CJ6300     Criminal Justice Planning and Innovation OR
CJ3000+     CJ Elective


300+/3000+     Electives

INT300     Fundamentals of Intelligence

INT315     Open Source Research

INT320     Propaganda and Disinformation

INT379     History of Intelligence Part I

INT380     History of Intelligence Part II

INT390     Covert Action

INT400     Counterintelligence

INT401     Interrogation and Interviewing Techniques

INT440     Technical Surveillance

INT445     Operational Security

INT460     Clandestine and Secure Communication

INT476     Intelligence Collection

INT477     Collection Management

NUC350     Principles of Grand Strategy

NUC410     Weapons Systems

NUC415     Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons

PHIL400     Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

PRO375     History of Executive/Dignitary Protection

PRO380     Conflict Resolution

PRO385     Etiquette and Rapport

PRO398     Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

PRO405     Consequence Management

PRO422     Building Security

PRO430     Travel and Hospitals

PRO432     Principal’s Office and Residence

PRO433     Off-site Visits

PRO466     Advance Work

PRO494     Essentials of Executive Protection

PRO500DC     Advanced Executive Protection

PRO595DC     Advanced Protection Operations

PRO690DC     Advanced Threat Assessment

SEC305     Offfensive v Defensive Security:  Understanding the Broader Security Field

SEC320     Foundations of the Security Industry

SEC326     Foundations of Vehicular Security

SEC344     Protective Security Law

SEC366     Managing the Security Organization

SEC375     Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

SEC452     Infiltration Techniques

SEC486     Bomb Threat Management

SEC665DC     Cyber Security

TCT306     Media and Terrorism

TCT310     Psychology of Violence

TCT390     Foundations of Terrorism

TCT395     Counterterrorism

TCT396     Terrorist

TCT410     Lone Wolf Terrorism

TCT420     Psychology of Fear

TCT425     Religious Extremism

TCT430     Ethno/Nationalist Terrorism

TCT435     Terrorist Support Networks

TCT440     Islamism and Terrorism


EN1150     Composition I


SC Science Electives


Humanities Electives

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Electives


EN1300     Composition II

EN2100     Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication

EN3050     Technical Communications


MA2000     Quantitative Reasoning

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!  OR
CS1203    Bridge to Success: Creating your future at NAU

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

CS2086     Career Path Planning

Specialty Courses

Choose Six of the Below:

CJ2250 Introduction to Forensic Investigations

CJ3400 Constitutional Law

CJ3500 Forensic Photography (3 hours)

CJ4000 Psychology and the Law

CJ4200 Forensic Chemistry

CJ4400 Investigation of Sex Crimes

CJ4430 Computer Forensic Investigations



CJ2700 Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism in Criminal Justice

CJ3005 Gangs in America

CJ3030 Societal Influences:  Hate Crimes and the Law

CJ3050 Loss Prevention, Crime Prevention, and Hospital Security

CJ4450 Security Operations Theory

CJ4500 Homeland Security and Terrorism

CJ4500             Homeland Security and Terrorism

PRO398            Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

PRO405            Consequence Management

SEC366            Managing the Security Organization

CJ3050             Loss Prevention, Crime Prevention, and Hospital Security

PRO380            Conflict Resolution

PRO430            Travel and Hospitals

Choose Six of the Below:

CJ2230             Diversity and Criminal Justice

CJ3000             Victimology

CJ3300             Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

CJ3005             Gangs in America

CJ3700             Community Policing

PS1050             Introduction to Psychology

PS2000             Human Growth and Development

PS2100             Human Relations

PS3100             Abnormal Psychology

SO1050            Introduction to Sociology

SO2150            Child Growth and Development

CJ2240             Introduction to Private Security

SEC344            Protective Security Law

SEC366            Managing the Security Organization

SEC375            Workplace Violence, Workplace Security


CJ2240             Introduction to Private Security

Three (3) PRO or SEC designated courses

CJ4450             Security Operations Theory

PHIL400            Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

PRO380            Conflict Resolution

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.