Get an in-depth study of criminology. You’ll engage with theory explaining why individuals commit crime and delinquent acts. You’ll also learn to identify the environmental, social, biological, and psychological drivers of criminal behavior. Finally, you’ll assess criminal behavior as a foundation for strategies to prevent, reduce, or solve crimes.


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  • CRJ 310 - Law Enforcement Operations and Management

    Examine the organization and practice of the Department of Homeland Security and the terrorist threats that dictate its operations. Topics include foundations of homeland security, terrorism, countermeasures and response to terrorist threats.

  • CRJ 322 - The Criminal Mind

    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 331 - Forensic Psychology

    This course links research methods, application, and expertise in the field of psychology to the legal system. Students will be exposed to the field with a richer understanding in how forensic psychologists contribute to the legal system including; expert testimony, jury selection, insanity defenses, child custody hearings, and release and reentry of violent offenders.

  • CRJ 400 - Crime Prevention Strategies

    This course examines various crime and delinquency prevention policies and programs. Topics covered include the historical development of crime and delinquency prevention methods, theoretical applications to prevention efforts, and research findings on program effectiveness. Students are exposed to the importance of research design in evaluating effective prevention strategies as well as the relationship between fear of crime and victimization will be addressed. You have options: choose this course, or CRJ310 Law Enforcement Operations and Management.

  • CRJ 435 - Drugs, Gang, and Organized Crime

    This course addresses the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol, both legal and illegal; the etiology, social phenomena, psychological and physiological effects, and current relationship between gang activity and drugs, as well as organized crime and the drug epidemic in the United States and abroad. Students will also be exposed to the historical rise in popularity of gangs associated with the drug trade and the rise and fall of power of organized crime syndicates and drug distribution.



    Provides a foundation in today's business operations with a focus on the major functions of a business (management, production, marketing, finance and accounting, human resource management, and various support functions). The course also provides an overview of business organizations and the competitive business environment, strategic planning, international business, ethical considerations, quality assurance and more.


    Get an introduction to the general purpose of information systems in organizations and the use of personal productivity software. Demonstrate tasks in common software applications, including word processing, web browsing, spreadsheet modeling, database management and presentation graphics. 

  • 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 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

    This course introduces students to the components and operations of the criminal justice system. It examines the three main components of that system: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Issues and challenges within the criminal justice system and the system's future are also explored.

  • CRJ 105 - Crime and Criminal Behavior

    This course covers the historical development of social and behavior explanations of adult crime, as well as juvenile crime and new evolutions in crime, including cyber crimes. Crime causation theories are explained in relation to policies developed from these theories and the real and intended impact of these policies are discussed to demonstrate their impact on society concerning crime prevention and criminal 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.

  • 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 - Undergraduate Capstone 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.

  • 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.


What leads a person down the criminal path? Can we prevent those at risk from choosing a life of crime in the first place?

Strayer University’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice concentration in crime and criminal behavior gives you a chance to better understand all of the factors that create criminals.

Strayer’s online bachelor’s in criminal behavior program helps you understand the day-to-day work of police officers — from the neighborhood connections to the personnel and resource decisions that have a cascading impact on entire populations.

Your online bachelor’s in criminal behavior also digs into the social causes for crime, how criminals think, and how we may be able to use this information to prevent crime before it happens.

Our online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice concentration in crime and criminal behavior provides you with the gritty, actionable knowledge you’ll need from the street to the courthouse to make a difference in your career and community.



Each Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice concentration can provide you with skills you’ll be able to apply immediately. You may want to explore these other Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice concentrations.

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