B.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization

Program Overview

Leverage sound legal and investigative practices in the service of criminal justice.

Get an inside look at how crimes are investigated and prosecuted with Utica College's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Legal Issues in Criminal Justice. Explore the theories and best practices behind the prosecution of physical and computer-based crimes, from financial crimes and internet fraud to attacks on the national infrastructure.

Get an inside look at how crimes are investigated and prosecuted with Utica College's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Legal Issues in Criminal Justice. Explore the theories and best practices behind the prosecution of physical and computer-based crimes, from financial crimes and internet fraud to attacks on the national infrastructure.

Join the Front Lines of Criminal Justice

Understand and apply evidence and trial procedures to criminal cases at the state and federal levels, and graduate ready to participate directly in the judicial process.

 
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          Career Outlook

          Investigating and prosecuting crimes is where theory meets practice. As new forms of crime develop — especially in the quickly shifting world of online commerce and interconnectivity — criminal justice professionals must continually find new strategies to keep up. Join the front lines and get ready for a fast-paced, dynamic career.

          Career Spotlight: Detective

          $79,970/year

          Bring together technology, research, forensics, and interpersonal skills to investigate crimes, find those responsible, and bring them to justice.1

          Career Spotlight: Fraud Investigator

          $59,003/year

          Carefully examine financial records, public data, and other evidence to identify instances of fraud in any setting, from financial institutions to small businesses and public institutions.2

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Criminal Investigator
          • DEA Agent
          • US Marshall

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Ethics, Enforcement, and Criminal Law

          Discover the nuances of how the legal system and criminal justice come together to protect and serve. Learn to address ethical dilemmas, apply criminal law, and understand enforcement at the state, federal, and international levels.

          Course Spotlight: CRJ 342 – Law and Justice

          Develop an understanding of criminal law by providing a framework for substantive criminal law in the United States. This course will emphasize how the Constitution affects the criminal studies system and the people in it.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Course Spotlight: GOV 341 – Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law

          Explore criminal law as a process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. This course will emphasize legal reasoning, legal process, and the necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          Most students complete this program in 40 months (or 3.5 years). We've designed our programs to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, students are expected to take one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester.

          No. This program is for students who want to begin or grow their career in criminal justice.

          Utica College's criminal justice program is $450 per credit. Additional expenses can include:

          • Distance Learning Fee: $70 per online course
          • Graduation Fee: $55
          • Tuition Deposit Fee: $300 (one-time fee; if you have a FAFSA on file, you may not be required to pay this fee, and if you are using VA tuition benefits, you are not required to pay this fee. Please note that you have a FAFSA or VA benefits on your tuition deposit card.)

          Learn more on the criminal justice tuition page.

          It's up to you. We've designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          This is a bachelor-completer program, meaning you must have attended a regionally accredited institution and hold an associate's degree or have earned a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college or university prior to enrolling in the program.

          To earn the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree, you'll complete a total of 120 credit hours. Required courses will range from major courses to specializations and general electives.

          Learn more on the criminal justice curriculum page.

          Yes. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica College and for which you received a grade of "C" or better. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you've attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded.

          Shortly after you receive your letter of admission, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits from the Registrar's Office. If you want to check credit elegibility ahead of time, use TES® (Transfer Evaluation System).

          SOURCES:

          1Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2017). "Occupational Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators." Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/oes/2017/may/oes333021.htm
          2Payscale. "Fraud Investigators: Salary." Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fraud_Investigator/Salary