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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 ID Course Name Credits
CJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ105 Criminal Law 3
CJ110 Law Enforcement Operations 3
CJ125 Criminal Procedure 3
CJ130 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJ135 Corrections 3
CJ140 Research Methods 3
CJ200 Investigations 3
CJ225 Crime Scene Management 3
CJ227 Computer 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
ENG110 College Composition 3
ENG120 Advanced Composition 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 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
COR090 Career Orientation Seminar 0
FOR110 Essentials for Success 3
CIS115 Computer Applications 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

Homeland Security

18 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CJ210 Global Comparative Justice 3
CJ245 Multi-Cultural Communication for Law Enforcement 3
CJ320 CJ Special Topics 3
CJ435 Emergency Planning 3
CJ416 Domestic Terrorism 3
CJ485 Homeland Security 3
Various Electives 18

Electives

Electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
CJ115 Drugs and Crime 3
CJ205 Juvenile Justice 3
CJ245 Multi-Cultural Communication for Law Enforcement 3
CJ240 Intelligence 3
CJ290 Externship-CJ III 3
CJ291 Externship-CJ II 2
CJ292 Externship-CJ I-a 1
CJ310 Digital Forensic Analysis 3
CJ320 CJ Special Topics 3
CJ352 Criminal Statutory Analysis 3
CJ361 Law Enforcement Management 3
CJ370 Rules of Evidence 3
CJ390 Crime Mapping 3
CJ390L Crime Mapping LAB 1
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
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.  

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found by clicking here.