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Criminal Justice Degree 100% Online

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - 100% Online

Criminal Justice Online Degree Program Overview

To Protect and Serve: It’s a motto first used by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1955 and then adopted by many other law enforcement organizations since then. In four short words, it perfectly describes the purpose and dedication of the people who choose a career in law enforcement.

Have you ever considered a career in Criminal Justice? It takes a special kind of person. The best police officers, sheriff’s deputies, correctional officers, and agents possess certain personal characteristics such as:

  • A Sense of Ethics
  • Initiative
  • Civility and Respect for Others
  • Balanced Temperament
  • Humility
  • Common Sense

If you think you have what it takes to become a Criminal Justice professional, ECPI University has a convenient way for you to get started - and it’s 100 percent online. Our Online Criminal Justice program is designed to provide you 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

With this knowledge base, you can be prepared to pursue exciting career opportunities with:

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

What’s more, at ECPI University Online you can get your degree much faster. Through our year-round, accelerated schedule, you can earn our online Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in as little as 2.5 years.

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 Online 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 an Online 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
Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

48 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CJ100Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ106Criminal Law I 3
CJ107Criminal Law II 3
CJ110Law Enforcement Operations 3
CJ125Criminal Procedure 3
CJ130Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJ135Corrections 3
CJ200Investigations 3
CJ225Crime Scene Management 3
CJ227Computer Investigation 3
CJ230Introduction to Terrorism 3
CJ235Criminology 3
CJ340Organized Crime 3
CJ350Criminal Justice Documentation 3
CJ380Private Security I 3
CJ430Conflict Management 3

Arts and Sciences

31 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CAP480Arts and Sciences Capstone 3
COM115Principles of Communication 3
ENG110College Composition 3
ENG120Advanced Composition 3
HUM205Culture and Diversity 3
MTH131College Algebra 3
MTH140Statistics 3
PHY120Physics 3
PHY120LPhysics LAB 1
PSY105Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY220Positive Psychology* 3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

6 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
COR191Career Orientation 1
FOR110Essentials for Success 3
CIS108Office Applications 2

Concentration Requirements

Criminal Justice

18 semester credit hours plus electives

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CJ115Drugs and Crime 3
CJ205Juvenile Justice 3
CJ370Rules of Evidence 3
CJ435Emergency Planning 3
CJ461Media Relations for Law Enforcement 3
CJ480Probation and Parole 3
Various Electives 18

Homeland Security

18 semester credit hours plus electives

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CJ210Global Comparative Justice 3
CJ245Multi-Cultural Communication for Law Enforcement 3
CJ320CJ Special Topics 3
CJ435Emergency Planning 3
CJ416Domestic Terrorism 3
CJ485Homeland Security 3
Various Electives 18

Electives

Course IDCourse NameCredits
ACC160Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC161Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS121Introduction to Business 3
CJ115Drugs and Crime 3
CJ140Research Methods 3
CJ205Juvenile Justice 3
CJ240Intelligence 3
CJ245Multi-Cultural Communication for Law Enforcement 3
CJ290Externship-CJ III 3
CJ291Externship-CJ II 2
CJ292Externship-CJ I-a 1
CJ305Victimology 3
CJ310Digital Forensic Analysis 3
CJ320Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence 3
CJ325CJ Special Populations 3
CJ361Law Enforcement Management 3
CJ370Rules of Evidence 3
CJ390Crime Mapping 3
CJ400Fraud Examinations 3
CJ410CJ Capstone Project 3
CJ416Domestic Terrorism 3
CJ461Media Relations for Law Enforcement 3
CJ480Probation and Parole 3
CJ481Case Management for Criminal Justice Professionals 3
CJ485Homeland Security 3
CJ490Externship-CJ Sr. III 3
EET350Overview of Electronic Security Devices 3
Program Outcomes

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

  • Execute ethical standards across professional and personal settings.
  • Critically evaluate the quality and sufficiency of evidence to support a criminal justice argument (case or proposal).
  • Integrate scientific inquiry into the analysis of criminal justice issues.
  • Analyze human behavior and the impact on crime.
  • Execute policies and protocols when emergency and criminal situations occur.  
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