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Criminal Justice

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Serve your community and enjoy a rewarding career in various fields of law enforcement with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.

The UAFS criminal justice program is well known for providing students with the perfect blend of scientific theory, facts, concepts, and practical training. This comprehensive approach to learning allows students to understand and dissect criminal justice issues and identify practical solutions to criminal justice system problems. Our program prepares students to work in corrections, legal systems,  forensic science, criminal investigation, and other areas. Graduates are highly sought after by employers for their evaluative thinking, problem-solving skills, and passion for their discipline. 

 

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice?

Earning this B.S. prepares you for a variety of supervisory and managerial careers in the broader field of criminal justice, such as:
 
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Detective
  • FBI Agent
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Private and Corporate Investigator
  • Security

We are proud that, on average, 87 percent of our students are employed in a job they desire or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports careers in criminal justice are growing faster than average and are expected to grow by about 5 percent between 2019 and 2029.

Format

On Campus
or
Online

Credit Hours

120


Degree Plan

BS-Criminal-Justice


 

Related Degrees

This 60-credit hour program provides continuing education for professionals already employed in the field as well as prepares students for entry-level careers in federal law enforcement, state and police work, probational parole, and/or corrections. The courses in this program may be applied to the bachelor's degree. 
 

Minors

This 18-credit hour program is a structured selection of courses by which a student can enrich his or her academic preparation. This minor complements a major by broadening the student's experience. 
 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S. in criminal justice, students will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends and understand and apply discipline principles to crucial issues in the broad field of criminal justice. 
  • Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes. 
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in criminal justice including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Employ skeptical inquiry and use the scientific approach to solve problems related to criminal behavior. 
  • Demonstrate the ethical behaviors and decision-making abilities required of criminal justice practitioners and professionally conduct themselves and treat others with respect.
  • Interpret and analyze sources of information on criminal justice and in other areas as well as in terms of validity and trustworthiness.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of criminal justice as it relates to other disciplines and integrate the methods and insights of various disciplines in an attempt to create more comprehensive solutions to issues of crime. 

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