BS in Criminal justice Curriculum

Students who have already earned an Associate's degree or a minimum of 57 credits from an accredited university are eligible to enroll in Utica College's Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program. Our online classes are small, and students and faculty work together in a virtual atmosphere designed to promote personal and professional development.

To earn the BS in Criminal Justice degree, you’ll complete a total of 120 credit hours.

You can view course descriptions here.

Current students, please run a Degree Evaluation for your catalog requirements and reach out to your success coach for more information, as the courses below may not reflect your specific program requirements.

Internship Requirements

The internship requirement provides real-world experience to solidify course content and expand your capabilities in fighting crime. The anchor to the internship program is an academic course, CRJ 470, taught by a professor with a syllabus to outline learning objectives and monitor growth opportunities. The course runs for 15 weeks. The expectation is the majority of internship hours — a total of 240 — will be completed during the semester in which you are enrolled.

Internship Placements

Many Utica students have taken fulltime positions at government agencies — FBI, CIA, Homeland Security at Federal and State levels, and as US Postal Inspectors — as a direct result of their internship. You can look at the Internships and Job Placements page for more information about the internship process, and examples of companies where students like yourself have interned.

To learn more, Request More Information or call us today at 315.732.2640, or toll-free at 866.295.3106.

Major Course Requirements

A. CENTRAL Credit Hours
Take the 100-level courses first, 200-level courses before 300-level courses, 300-level before 400-level; take CRJ 470/475 last.
CRJ 101 Seminar in Justice Studies 1
CRJ 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 208 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 222 Criminal Justice Communications 3
CRJ 212 Policing Theory and Practice OR 3
CRJ 224 Corrections Theory and Practice OR 3
CRJ 235 Courts Theory and Practice 3
CRJ 327 Assessing Evidence in Criminal Justice OR 3
CRJ 358 Introduction to Intelligence Studies 3
CRJ 334 Economic Crime Investigation OR 3
CRJ 337 Computer Network Investigations OR 3
CRJ 347 Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies 3
     
B. CROSS-DEPARTMENTAL Credit Hours
PSY/SOC 211 Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences OR 3
ECN 241 Statistics OR 3
MAT 112 Basic Statistics 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 274 Criminology 3
SOC 376 Criminological Research Methods 3
     
C. LAW Credit Hours
CRJ 342 Law and Justice OR 3
GOV 341 Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law 3
     
D. TECHNOLOGY Credit Hours
CRJ 107 Computer Hardware and Peripherals OR 3
CRJ 228 Cyber Technologies for Criminal Justice OR 3
CSC 217 Computer Programming for Business Applications 3
E. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Credit Hours
CRJ 461 Pro-seminar in Justice Studies 3
CRJ 470 Internship (department restrictions apply) OR 6
CRJ 475 Senior Project 3

 

Criminal Justice Specializations

You’ll choose four courses to complete a specialization under the following guidelines:
1 course at the 200 level; a minimum of 2 CRJ courses per specialization; 1 course from outside CRJ (wherever possible).

A. CYBER CRIMINOLOGY AND POLICY Credit Hours
CRJ 228 Cyber Technologies for Criminal Justice OR 3
CRJ 232 Economic Crime Theory OR 3
COS 274 Criminology 3
CRJ 305 Terrorism 3
CRJ 307 Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism 3
CRJ 337 Computer Network Investigations 3
CRJ 347 Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies 3
CRJ 423 Evidence-based Crime Policy 3
CRJ 358 Introduction to Intelligence Studies OR 3
GOV 161 Introduction to International Politics 3
     
B. HOMELAND SECURITY Credit Hours
CRJ 212 Policing Theory and Practice 3
CRJ 305 Terrorism 3
CRJ 307 Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism 3
CRJ 311 Emergency Management 3
CRJ 328 Security Administration 3
CRJ 333 Information Security 3
CRJ 336 Information Privacy 3
CRJ 351 International Criminal Justice: Issues and Comparisons 3
GOV 161 Introduction to International Politics 3
     
C. LEGAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Credit Hours
CRJ 208 Ethics in Criminal Justice OR 3
CRJ 212 Policing Theory and Practice OR 3
CRJ 235 Courts Theory and Practice 3
CRJ 335 Cybercrime Law and Investigations 3
CRJ 342 Law and Justice 3
CRJ 343 Law of Economic Crime 3
CRJ 345 Criminal Evidence 3
GOV 341 Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law 3
GOV 345 Constitutional Law in the Governmental Process 3
GOV 366 International Criminal Law 3
     
D. PUBLIC POLICY AND LEADERSHIP Credit Hours
GOV 221 State and Local Government OR 3
GOV 235 Civil Rights, Public Policy, and Social Change OR 3
MGT 201 Principles of Organization and Management OR 3
SOC 252 Race and Ethnicity 3
CRJ 382 Administrative Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 423 Evidence-based Crime Policy 3
GOV 332 Public Administration 3
GOV 333 American Public Policy 3
PHI 305 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Science and Technology 3
PHI 345 Political Ethics 3
PHI 385 Healthcare Ethics 3
     
E. WHITE-COLLAR CRIME Credit Hours
CRJ 232 Economic Crime Theory OR 3
SOC 274 Criminology 3
CRJ 313 Corruption and Organized Crime 3
CRJ 321 White-collar Criminology 3
CRJ 334 Economic Crime Investigation 3
CRJ 343 Law of Economic Crime 3
CRJ 347 Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies 3
CRJ 354 Payment Systems and Fraud 3

 

GENERAL SPECIALIZATION  
You’ll select any four 3-credit electives based on course selection guidelines for completing a specialization within the BS in Criminal Justice program.

 

GENERAL ELECTIVES Credit Hours
You’ll take the following general elective courses as needed to reach a minimum of 60 credits of CJ coursework. Only two, 200-level courses will apply. Courses taken as General Electives cannot also be used to satisfy other major graduation requirements.
CRJ 212 Policing Theory and Practice 3
CRJ 218 Local Crime Lore 3
CRJ 221 Issues in Juvenile Justice 3
CRJ 224 Corrections Theory and Practice 3
CRJ 232 Economic Crime Theory 3
CRJ 235 Courts Theory and Practice 3
CRJ 250 Community Corrections and Sentencing Alternatives 3
CRJ 263 APA Style 1
CRJ 265 Writing with Evidence 1
CRJ 267 Editing 1
CRJ 275 Meth Labs and Laws 3
CRJ 300 Select Topics: Criminal Justice 1-3
CRJ 303 Policing Communities 3
CRJ 305 Terrorism 3
CRJ 307 Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism 3
CRJ 311 Emergency Management 3
CRJ 351 International Criminal Justice: Issues and Comparisons 3
CRJ 382 Administrative Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 490 Independent Study 1-6
CRJ 313 Corruption and Organized Crime 3
CRJ 314 Modern Techniques in Crime Investigation 3
CRJ 316 Crime & Justice in Literature 3
CRJ 321 White-collar Criminology 3
CRJ 324 Violence in the Workplace 3
CRJ 334 Economic Crime Investigation 3
CRJ 335 Cybercrime Law and Investigations 3
CRJ 343 Law of Economic Crime 3
CRJ 345 Criminal Evidence 3

Get Started Today!

If you’d like to know more about the specific courses in the online BS in Criminal Justice degree and how they prepare you for your career goals to fight crime at a local, state, or national level, Request More Information now. You can also call us today at 315.732.2640, or toll-free at 866.295.3106 to speak with a Program Manager who can answer your questions.