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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. CENTRALCredit 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 101Seminar in Justice Studies1
CRJ 103Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 208Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CRJ 222Criminal Justice Communications3
CRJ 212Policing Theory and Practice OR3
CRJ 224Corrections Theory and Practice OR3
CRJ 235Courts Theory and Practice3
CRJ 327Assessing Evidence in Criminal Justice OR3
CRJ 358Introduction to Intelligence Studies3
CRJ 334Economic Crime Investigation OR3
CRJ 337Computer Network Investigations OR3
CRJ 347Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies3
   
B. CROSS-DEPARTMENTALCredit Hours
PSY/SOC 211Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences OR3
ECN 241Statistics OR3
MAT 112Basic Statistics3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 274Criminology3
SOC 376Criminological Research Methods3
   
C. LAWCredit Hours
CRJ 342Law and Justice OR3
GOV 341Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law3
   
D. TECHNOLOGYCredit Hours
CRJ 107Computer Hardware and Peripherals OR3
CRJ 228Cyber Technologies for Criminal Justice  3
   
E. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTCredit Hours
CRJ 461Pro-seminar in Justice Studies3
CRJ 470Internship (department restrictions apply) OR6
CRJ 475Senior Project3

 

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 POLICYCredit Hours
CRJ 228Cyber Technologies for Criminal Justice OR3
CRJ 232Economic Crime Theory OR3
SOC 274Criminology3
CRJ 305Terrorism3
CRJ 307Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism3
CRJ 337Computer Network Investigations3
CRJ 347Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies3
CRJ 423Evidence-based Crime Policy3
CRJ 358Introduction to Intelligence Studies OR3
GOV 161Introduction to International Politics3
   
B. HOMELAND SECURITYCredit Hours
CRJ 212Policing Theory and Practice3
CRJ 305Terrorism3
CRJ 307Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism3
CRJ 311Emergency Management3
CRJ 333Information Security3
CRJ 336Information Privacy3
CRJ 351International Criminal Justice: Issues and Comparisons3
GOV 161Introduction to International Politics3
   
C. LEGAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICECredit Hours
CRJ 208Ethics in Criminal Justice OR3
CRJ 212Policing Theory and Practice OR3
CRJ 235Courts Theory and Practice3
CRJ 335Cybercrime Law and Investigations3
CRJ 342Law and Justice3
CRJ 343Law of Economic Crime3
CRJ 345Criminal Evidence3
GOV 341Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law3
GOV 345Constitutional Law in the Governmental Process3
GOV 366International Criminal Law3
   
D. PUBLIC POLICY AND LEADERSHIPCredit Hours
GOV 221State and Local Government OR3
GOV 235Civil Rights, Public Policy, and Social Change OR3
MGT 201Principles of Organization and Management OR3
SOC 252Race and Ethnicity3
CRJ 423Evidence-based Crime Policy3
GOV 332Public Administration3
GOV 333American Public Policy3
PHI 305Ethical Issues in Contemporary Science and Technology3
PHI 345Political Ethics3
   
E. WHITE-COLLAR CRIMECredit Hours
CRJ 232Economic Crime Theory OR3
SOC 274Criminology3
CRJ 313Corruption and Organized Crime3
CRJ 321White-collar Criminology3
CRJ 334Economic Crime Investigation3
CRJ 343Law of Economic Crime3
CRJ 347Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies3
CRJ 354Payment Systems and Fraud3

 

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 212Policing Theory and Practice3
CRJ 218Local Crime Lore3
CRJ 221Issues in Juvenile Justice3
CRJ 224Corrections Theory and Practice3
CRJ 232Economic Crime Theory3
CRJ 235Courts Theory and Practice3
CRJ 300Select Topics: Criminal Justice1-3
CRJ 305Terrorism3
CRJ 307Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism3
CRJ 311Emergency Management3
CRJ 351International Criminal Justice: Issues and Comparisons3
CRJ 313Corruption and Organized Crime3
CRJ 314Modern Techniques in Crime Investigation3
CRJ 316Crime & Justice in Literature3
CRJ 321White-collar Criminology3
CRJ 334Economic Crime Investigation3
CRJ 335Cybercrime Law and Investigations3
CRJ 343Law of Economic Crime3
CRJ 345Criminal Evidence3

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.