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Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice Overview

Looking for a career where you can make a real difference? There is no more noble profession than keeping your fellow citizens free from harm. What’s more, it’s a truly fascinating career. Today’s criminal justice professionals work in a variety of settings involving investigations, security, law enforcement, forensic science, and technology.

If this sounds like the career you’re looking for, consider ECPI University’s Criminal Justice program. Through ECPI’s year-round schedule, you could earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in as little as 2.5 years.! An Associate Degree program is also available at select campuses which can prepare graduates for entry level employment in the Criminal Justice field, and could be earned in just 1.5 years.

ECPI’s program could prepare graduates for exciting career opportunities with:

  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Homeland Security
  • Border Protection
  • Corrections
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Public and Private Security (including Workplace Security and Surveillance)

ECPI’s curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of:

  • Policies and procedures of law enforcement
  • Legal system and court structure
  • Security and surveillance principles
  • Technology to investigate, solve, track, and deter crime
Program Description

ECPI University builds all of its programs around one guiding principle: LEARN BY DOING. That’s especially important for those studying Criminal Justice because knowing what to do in critical situations can literally save a life. ECPI’s Criminal Justice program focuses on real-world application of criminological principles. This program can prepare graduates to play a vital role in the investigation and prosecution of criminals in both the physical world and cyberspace. Students can develop knowledge and skills in such areas as:

  • Anti-Terrorism and Homeland Security Functions
  • Law Enforcement, Security, Surveillance, and Investigations
  • Courtroom Procedures
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Corrections
Possible Career Track

Upon completion, graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminal Justice Degree could possibly pursue a career in a wide range of areas including:

  • Police Officers
  • State Troopers
  • Corrections
  • Federal Officer / Investigative Positions (including those related to FBI, CIA, DEA, and TSA)
  • Insurance Investigations
  • Probation and Parole
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
  • Court Systems or Law Firms
  • Park Rangers
  • Private Security

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

48 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ106 Criminal Law I 3
CJ325 CJ Special Populations 3
CJ110 Law Enforcement Operations 3
CJ125 Criminal Procedure 3
CJ130 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJ135 Corrections 3
CJ200 Investigations 3
CJ225 Crime Scene Management 3
CJ229 Cybercrime Investigation 3
CJ230 Introduction to Terrorism 3
CJ235 Criminology 3
CJ340 Organized Crime 3
CJ350 Criminal Justice Documentation 3
CJ380 Private Security I 3
CJ430 Conflict Management 3

Arts and Sciences

31 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3
COM115 Principles of Communication 3
ECO201 Macroeconomics 3
ENG110 College Composition 3
ENG120 Advanced Composition 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities 3
MTH131 College Algebra 3
MTH140 Statistics 3
PHY120 Physics 3
PHY120L Physics LAB 1
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY220 Positive Psychology 3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

6 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS108 Office Applications 2
COR191 Career Orientation 1
FOR110 Essentials for Success 3

Concentration Requirements

Criminal Justice

18 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CJ115 Drugs and Crime 3
CJ205 Juvenile Justice 3
CJ370 Rules of Evidence 3
CJ435 Emergency Planning 3
CJ461 Media Relations for Law Enforcement 3
CJ480 Probation and Parole 3
  Various Electives 18


Course ID Course Name Credits
ACC160 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC161 Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
CJ115 Drugs and Crime 3
CJ205 Juvenile Justice 3
CJ240 Intelligence 3
CJ245 Multi-Cultural Communication for Law Enforcement 3
CJ290 Externship-CJ III 3
CJ291 Externship-CJ II 2
CJ292 Externship-CJ I-a 1
CJ305 Victimology 3
CJ310 Digital Forensic Analysis 3
CJ320 Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence 3
CJ361 Law Enforcement Management 3
CJ370 Rules of Evidence 3
CJ390 Crime Mapping 3
CJ400 Fraud Examinations 3
CJ410 CJ Capstone Project 3
CJ416 Domestic Terrorism 3
CJ461 Media Relations for Law Enforcement 3
CJ480 Probation and Parole 3
CJ481 Case Management for Criminal Justice Professionals 3
CJ485 Homeland Security 3
CJ490 Externship-CJ Sr. III 3
EET350 Overview of Electronic Security Devices 3
Possible Outcomes

Criminal Justice Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply ethical standards across professional and personal settings
  • Evaluate the quality and sufficiency of evidence in the criminal justice process
  • Analyze the impact of human behavior on crime
  • Assess criminal justice issues using modern techniques including technology
  • Apply the skills needed to manage crisis within various populations
  • Evaluate emergency operations plans

Criminal Justice Concentration Outcomes

Students in the Criminal Justice concentration will gain the following additional outcomes:

  • Analyze the major functions of the criminal justice system