STAY AHEAD OF THE CRIMINALS. STAY AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER.

Crime has changed. It has no borders. It threatens to enter every part of our lives. So crime prevention and criminal investigation have changed, too. A Strayer bachelor's degree in criminal justice combines traditional study of criminology and criminal behavior with practical, modern skills like crime mapping, report writing and forensics.

Today, many police and corrections agencies require education beyond their entrance exams. You can develop the communications skills, information literacy, abstract thinking, and critical analysis that will allow you to take the next step in the criminal justice system. Advance your career in fraud detection, juvenile crime, computer forensics or any one of a number of emerging criminal justice specialties with a Strayer degree.

Customized

Tailor your on campus or online degree with one of four in-demand concentrations, including Computer Security and Forensics, and Homeland Security Technology.

Respected

Strayer University is Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and organizations like the FBI, CAIC International, Inc. and the CIA turn to us to train their employees

Supported

Your academic advisor and industry-experienced professors will help you make strategic career choices along the way

Flexible

Take your courses online, on campus or both. Learn more about studying online and at a college campus near you.

With a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice, you will gain an in-depth understanding of criminal behavior and its impact on society; examine how police, courts, corrections and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security work to prevent and control adult and juvenile crime locally, nationally and internationally; and apply insight and analysis from various disciplines to help detect, prevent, solve and prosecute crime.

Criminal Justice
12.1% growth vs. 7.9%

A Growing Need

Occupations that require a bachelor’s degree are projected to grow by 12.1% between 2012 and 2022, compared with only 7.9% growth for jobs that require a high school diploma.  

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KEY COURSES IN YOUR MAJOR.

CIS 170-Information Technology in Criminal Justice

Get an overview of the types of crimes and terrorist acts committed using digital technology. Explore information technology, computing networks and the Internet in a criminal justice context. Topics include the theories addressing digital criminals and an overview of legal strategies and tactics targeting digital crime. Examine fundamental research skills in the investigation of digital crime and terrorism.

CRJ 105-Crime and Criminal Behavior

Prerequisite: CRJ 100 and PSY 100 or PSY110

This course covers the historical development of social and behaviorexplanations of adult crime, as well as juvenile crime and newevolutions in crime, including cyber crimes. Crime causation theoriesare explained in relation to policies developed from these theoriesand the real and intended impact of these policies are discussed todemonstrate their impact on society concerning crime prevention andcriminal rehabilitation.

CRJ 180-Juvenile Delinquency and Justice

Examine criminal activity in juveniles, including the study of gangs, status offenses and the problems facing juveniles today. Get an overview of American juvenile justice in terms of both system and practice. Explore the causes of juvenile crime; the juvenile court system; and the institutionalization, rehabilitation and treatment of juveniles.

CRJ 220-Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice

Understand various philosophical approaches for developing appropriate ethical decision-making tools for the criminal justice profession. See ethical decision-making tools in application for policing, courts, corrections, criminal justice policy and criminal justice research. Focus on professional integrity and leadership skills that support laws, policies and procedures in criminal justice.

LEG 320-Criminal Law

Familiarize yourself with the origins of criminal law and explore its historical development into modern American crimes codes. Learn about substantive criminal law and the associated legal principles and terminology. Contrast elements of crimes against persons, crimes against property, cyber crime, white collar crime and other types of crime. Examine early and modern approaches to identifying, deterring, preventing, detecting, prosecuting and punishing criminal behavior.

SOC 205-Society, Law and Government

Examine the function of the American court system in its operational role within the government, the rule of law and society. Understand the criminal court process and the role of the judiciary from a policy-making perspective that reveals the impact of the courts on society and the rule of law in the evolution of social change.

Learn all the ways we help you afford your criminal justice degree.

Finish paying for college and begin to turn a profit on your degree sooner when you combine Strayer's more affordable bachelor’s degree with the option to complete your program in less than 4 years.**

** Transfer of college credit, challenge exams and other individual circumstances may allow you to complete your degree sooner. Students study at their own pace and on their own schedule. Most students attend part time. Normal time for program completion is six years.

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