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Online BS in Criminal Justice Specializations

Choose from 6 specializations to prepare for career excellence.

Criminals continue to advance their techniques through technology, as well as skate the edge of legal loopholes, taking advantage of non-existent or loosely-defined laws. You’ll find the issues related to criminal justice span the globe, entering the homes and business of its residents in a physical and virtual manner, threatening homeland security, and demanding immediate policy changes to protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty.

Whether you desire to help change and support the justice system to reflect modern times, prevent crime, catch criminals, or rehabilitate offenders, Utica’s BS in Criminal Justice offers a specialization to support your career goals with focused industry knowledge taught by expert-level faculty.

Public Policy & Leadership Specialization

Leadership, management and policy-making skills are developed in this specialization. As the law catches up to criminals and the new crimes they commit, ethical leaders versed in public policy are needed to thoughtfully react to protect victims and prosecute criminals with an understanding of how new laws will affect the future rights of different populations.

Though the coursework, you’ll gain effective leadership skills, especially in the key areas of management including, planning, organizing, controlling, leading, and staffing. You’ll also understand how policies are created, and use several methods to examine policy impact.

The online Public Policy & Leadership curriculum prepares you to

  • :: Recognize issues within an organization and management of criminal justice agencies, including police departments, prosecutors’ offices, courts, jails, prisons, and community corrections.
  • :: Demonstrate theories of public policy making, mechanics of the process, methods of examining policy impacts, and how criminal studies policy can affect and be affected by research.
  • :: Communicate effectively about the principles and problems of public administration including the bureaucratic politics, organization theory, decision-making, leadership, personnel management, budgeting, regulation, program implementation, ethics, and accountability.
  • :: Describe ways in which policy is formulated, adopted, and implemented in the political system.
  • :: Address all functional areas of management including key management responsibilities of planning, organizing, controlling, leading, and staffing.
  • :: Address ethical issues and social responsibilities, change, and global challenges.
  • :: Address healthcare ethics and medical ethics and develop moral reasoning and decision-making skills as well as the relationships between ethical theory and medical theory.
  • :: Analyze the interrelationships among religious, national, and racial minority groups and their dominant majorities in America.

Careers in Policy and Leadership

  • :: Victim Advocate
  • :: First-line supervisor of Correctional Officers
  • :: Correctional Officer
  • :: Juvenile Probation Officer

 

Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization

Sound criminal investigation techniques are developed in this specialization to prepare you to investigate physical and computer crimes. You’ll emerge from the program with a solid understanding of government and judicial regulation of financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees in relation to economic and business crime.

You’ll use your experiences at a “witness” and as an “attorney” in mock trial procedures to learn how rules of evidence and trial procedures are applicable to criminal cases at the state and federal levels.

The online Legal Issues in Criminal Justice curriculum prepares you to:

  • :: Describe the roles of ethics in the operation of the criminal justice system
  • :: Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas associated with crime control with critical thinking.
  • :: Demonstrate knowledge of cybercrimes, including computer crimes, internet fraud, e-commerce, and threats to the national infrastructure.
  • :: Demonstrate knowledge of policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, as well as implications for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.
  • :: Have an understanding of criminal law in the United States with emphasis on how the Constitution affects the criminal studies system and the people in it.
  • :: Demonstrate knowledge of criminal law for disputing settlements and maintenance of order by the state with emphasis on legal reasoning and process.
  • :: Learn the laws governing the behavior of individuals and their accountability to the international community and states.
  • :: Learn enforcement mechanisms for piracy, war crimes, and terrorism.

Careers Dedicated to Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

  • :: Fraud Investigator
  • :: Criminal Investigator
  • :: US Marshall
  • :: DEA Agent
  • :: FBI Agent
  • :: Detectives

Cyber Criminology and Policy Specialization

You’ll gain experience in the technology programs and tools used to prevent and detect the occurrence of fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce, and e-business. This includes the development and implementation of business models for production of prevention and detection products and techniques. Expansive knowledge and skills regarding technology, laws, regulations, and the ethics and procedures for conducting computer network investigations are earned in this program.

Coursework provides a solid foundation in the key concepts related to cyber technologies in the modern criminal justice organization including information technology, cybersecurity, social networking, cloud computing, cryptography, data hiding, anonymity, and surveillance.

The online Cyber Criminology and Policy curriculum prepares you to:

  • :: Learn the theory, causation, and victimization relating to economic crimes.
  • :: Learn how crime is a form of deviant behavior, its relation to social values and social structure, types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of justice.
  • :: Address terrorism and counterterrorism in global and domestic contexts including the models of terrorism, causes, key events, countermeasures, origins, structure, and activities of terrorism.
  • :: Describe ways of safeguarding and managing America’s National Critical Infrastructures involving key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, crisis and consequence management, and related Counter Terrorism technologies.
  • :: Learn defense, government-wide, and non-government information systems including the importance of strategic and contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.
  • :: Demonstrate knowledge of public policy making, mechanics of the process, methods of examining policy impacts, and how criminal studies policy can affect and be affected by research.
  • :: Demonstrate knowledge of collection and analysis of intelligence information from the perspective of national security, law enforcement and business.
  • :: Learn the evolution of the international political systems, problems of war and peace, diplomacy, nuclear weapons, international economics, international organizations, and international law.

Careers in Cybersecurity Include:

  • :: Security Administrator
  • :: Security Analyst
  • :: Security Architect
  • :: Security Engineer

 

Homeland Security Specialization

Prepare to defend our nation as you learn the ways to safeguard and manage America’s national critical infrastructures involving key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, crisis and consequence management, and related counter terrorism technologies.

By the end of the program, you can demonstrate knowledge of: the Emergency Management response cycle, the importance of FEMA, the Incident Command System, the National Incident Management System as well as the principles and applications of risk assessment, training, emergency management, disaster recovery, and the global aspects of security administration.

The online Homeland Security curriculum prepares you to:

  • :: Demonstrate knowledge of the role of police in American society including the nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism and operational trends.
  • :: Learn the importance of strategic and contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.
  • :: Learn the importance of proprietary information in both the corporate and government sectors including legal issues, policy formulation, administrative and technical remedies, and case studies.
  • :: Describe the ways policing, court, and correctional systems can vary drastically from one country to the next, with potentially serious consequences to a visitor unfamiliar with how a nation’s justice system works and interacts internationally.
  • :: Determine how respective criminal justice systems are impacted as you examine topical issues such as the Olympics.

Careers in Homeland Security Include:

  • :: Air Marshall
  • :: CIA Officer/Analyst
  • :: Emergency Management Director
  • :: ICE Agent
  • :: Secret Service Agent
  • :: Border Patrol Agent

White-Collar Crime Specialization

You’ll prepare to fight fraud at every level by learning the technology programs and tools used to prevent and detect the occurrence of fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce and e-business, while gaining a global perspective to modern payment systems and techniques for fraud prevention, detection and investigation.

The online White-Collar curriculum prepares you to:

  • :: Learn the importance of economic crime in relation to theory, causation, and victimization.
  • :: Learn how crime is a form of deviant behavior, its relation to social values and social structure, types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of justice.
  • :: Demonstrate knowledge of organized crime in the United States and its impact on social, economic, and political institutions with special focus on the role of corruption as a facilitator of crime.
  • :: Demonstrate knowledge of the history, categories, offenders, victims, trends, theories, investigatory techniques, policies, and societal reactions to corporate and other forms of white collar crime in the United States.
  • :: Have an understanding of the government and judicial regulations of financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees in relation to economic and business crime.

Careers to Fight White-Collar Crime Include:

  • :: Fraud Examiner
  • :: Computer Forensics Investigator
  • :: Crime Lab Analyst
  • :: Forensic Science Technician
  • :: Information Security Analyst

General Specialization

Create your own specialization to deepen your understanding in a criminal justice area that meets your personal and professional goals. Select any four 3-credit electives based on course selection guidelines for completing a specialization within the BS in Criminal Justice program.

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If you’d like to know more about the five specializations in Utica’s 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.