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.
Tailor your on campus or online degree with one of four in-demand concentrations, including Computer Security and Forensics, and Homeland Security Technology.
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.
Learn how you can tailor your criminal justice degree to fit your career goals.
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.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics - www.bls.gov/spotlight/2013/statistics/home.htm
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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.
CRJ 320-Criminal Investigation
Discover the fundamentals of criminal investigation by examining processes involved in identifying and arresting criminal suspects, identifying types of crimes and offenses, and preparing for the in-court presentation of evidence through testimony. Discuss techniques for evidence collection, examination and preservation. Explore developing “high technologies” useful to the criminal investigator.
CRJ 325-Criminal Procedure
Prerequisite: LEG 320
This course provides a broad range of topics relevant to criminal behavior and the development of the personality. Biological, psychological, and social structural factors which influence the possible origin of criminal behavior, as well as criminal justice and societal approaches for preventing crime are addressed.
CRJ 499-Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Analyze a social, psychological or business problem within criminal justice or homeland or private security and recommend solutions. Analyze a situation or policy, make a current assessment and provide a proposed solution. Apply theory, the use of research and evidence-based solutions, and incorporate ethical foundations to support your solutions.