Criminal Justice, BS

For students whose goal is to pursue a career in the field of criminal justice, National American University offers the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities for the career fields of criminal justice. Graduates are prepared to apply for entry-level employment in policing, courts or corrections and also to advance from entry-level employment to the supervisory and administrative levels of these career fields once they have attained the requisite entry-level experience. Policing and institutional corrections employment also will require the completion of a training academy. The criminal justice degree serves as a foundation for career positions such as police officer, deputy sheriff, state highway patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation officer, parole officer, as well as various federal law enforcement positions. Many criminal justice agencies today require applicants to have, at a minimum, an associate degree, if not a bachelor’s degree for entry-level employment. In addition to the bachelor’s degree being a requirement for entry-level employment in various criminal justice agencies, it is often criteria for higher skilled employment and higher pay scales. In some agencies, the bachelor’s degree can be a requirement or weighted factor in the promotion process. Promotional advancement may be attained earlier with the bachelor’s degree. 

Specialties

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice also offers specialties in Forensic Investigations, Homeland Security, and Juvenile Justice.  A specialty is a grouping of electives that focus on particular interests and career paths. 

Specialty in Forensic Investigations  (The following seven courses taken as electives.)

  • CJ2250 Introduction to Forensic Investigations
  • CJ3400 Evidence 
  • CJ3500 Forensic Photography (3 hours)
  • CJ4000 Psychology and the Law (Intro to Forensic Psychology)
  • CJ4200 Forensic Chemistry
  • CJ4430 Computer Forensic Investigation
  • CJ4400 Investigation of Sex Crimes

Specialty in Private Security (The following six courses taken as electives.)

  • CJ2240 Introduction to Private Security
  • CJ2700 Cybercrime in Criminal Justice
  • CJ3030 Hates Crimes and the Law
  • CJ4430 Computer Forensic Investigation
  • CJ4450 Security Operations Theory
  • CJ4500 Homeland Security and Terrorism

Specialty in Homeland Security (The following six courses taken as electives.)

  • CJ2700 Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism in Criminal Justice
  • CJ3005 Gangs in America
  • CJ3030 Societal Influences:  Hate Crimes and the Law
  • CJ3050 Loss Prevention, Crime Prevention, and Hospital Security
  • CJ4450 Security Operations Theory
  • CJ4500 Homeland Security and Terrorism

Specialty in Juvenile Justice (Students choose six courses from the list below.)

  • CJ2230 Diversity and Criminal Justice
  • CJ3000 Victimology
  • CJ3005 Gangs in America
  • CJ3300 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • CJ4000 Psychology and the Law
  • CJ3700 Community Policing
  • CJ4000 Psychology and the Law
  • PS1050 Introduction to Psychology
  • PS2000 Human Growth and Development
  • PS2100 Human Relations
  • SO1050 Intro to Sociology
  • SO2150 Child Growth and Development

Students entering the criminal justice program should be aware that graphic images depicting violent crimes are utilized as teaching tools in various courses. Students should be prepared to view these images and to engage in discussions regarding these images as part of their required learning activities.

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities for entry-level employment in policing, courts or corrections, and to advance from entry-level employment to the supervisory and administrative levels of these career fields once they have attained the requisite entry-level experience. Policing and institutional corrections employment also will require the completion of a training academy. This degree serves as a foundation for career positions such as police officer, deputy sheriff, state highway patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation officer, parole officer, as well as various federal law enforcement positions. In addition to the bachelor’s degree being a requirement for entry-level employment in various criminal justice agencies, it is often criteria for higher skilled employment and higher pay scales.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Apply legal principles to the police, courts, and correctional components of the criminal justice system.  
  • Apply ethical decision-making models and professional standards to criminal justice situations.  
  • Utilize management and leadership skills to achieve organizational objectives. 
  • Communicate orally and in writing in a law enforcement environment. 
  • Integrate and apply substantive knowledge and analytical skills to criminal justice operations and issues.

Disclaimer: 

Individual agencies regulate the employment of individuals in the policing, courts, and corrections professions. Persons convicted of certain crimes may not serve in these positions. Please consult with the employer of interest to establish what regulations may exist.

Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Science Requirements

180 Credits

Criminal Justice Major Core (58.5)

CJ1000Introduction to Criminal Justice

4.5

CJ1500Criminological Theory

4.5

CJ2100Criminal Law

4.5

CJ2150Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice

4.5

CJ2280Communication for the Criminal Justice Professional

4.5

CJ2300U.S. Courts

4.5

CJ2400U.S. Corrections

4.5

CJ3100Criminal Investigation

4.5

CJ3400Constitutional Law

4.5

CJ4900Criminal Justice Capstone

4.5

 

CJ6100Law and Public Policy

4.5

OR

CJ3000+CJ Elective

4.5

 

CJ6200Management Topics in Criminal Justice

4.5

OR

CJ3000+CJ Elective

4.5

 

CJ6300Criminal Justice Planning and Innovation

4.5

OR

CJ3000+CJ Elective

4.5

CJ1000, CJ1500, CJ2100, CJ2150, CJ2280, CJ2300, CJ2400, CJ3100, CJ3400, CJ4900: Professional Course, minimum "C" grade required

CJ6100, CJ6200, CJ6300: Students who do not have a 2.75 CGPA or applicable transfer credit will enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course. Transfer credit may replace major core, emphasis core, or open elective 6000DC+ and 3000+ courses.

Open Electives (60)

#Choose any 3000 level CJ course not previously taken or HPSSS elective from the list below.

Electives

37.5

#300+/3000+Electives

22.5

INT300Fundamentals of Intelligence

4.5

INT315Open Source Research

4.5

INT320Propaganda and Disinformation

4.5

INT379History of Intelligence, Part 1

4.5

INT380History of Intelligence, Part 2

4.5

INT390Covert Action

4.5

INT400Counterintelligence

4.5

INT401Interrogation and Interviewing Techniques

4.5

INT440Technical Surveillance

4.5

INT445Operational Security

4.5

INT460Clandestine and Secure Communications

4.5

INT476Intelligence Collection

4.5

INT477Collection Management

4.5

NUC350Principles of Grand Strategy

4.5

NUC410Weapons Systems

4.5

NUC415Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons

4.5

PHIL400Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

4.5

PRO375History of Executive/Dignitary Protection

4.5

PRO380Conflict Resolution

4.5

PRO385Etiquette and Rapport

4.5

PRO398Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

4.5

PRO405Consequence Management

4.5

PRO422Building Security

4.5

PRO430Travel and Hospitals

4.5

PRO432Principal’s Office and Residence

4.5

PRO433Off-site Visits

4.5

PRO466Advance Work

4.5

PRO494Essentials of Executive Protection

4.5

PRO500DCAdvanced Executive Protection

4.5

PRO595DCAdvanced Protection Operations

4.5

PRO690DCAdvanced Threat Assessment

4.5

SEC305Offensive v. Defensive Security: Understanding the Broader Security Field

4.5

SEC320Foundations of the Security Industry

4.5

SEC326Foundations of Vehicular Security

4.5

SEC344Protective Security Law

4.5

SEC366Managing the Security Organization

4.5

SEC375Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

4.5

SEC452Infiltration Techniques

4.5

SEC486Bomb Threat Management

4.5

SEC665DCCyber Security

4.5

TCT306Media and Terrorism

4.5

TCT310Psychology of Violence

4.5

TCT390Foundations of Terrorism

4.5

TCT395Counterterrorism

4.5

TCT396Terrorist Techniques

4.5

TCT410Lone Wolf Terrorism

4.5

TCT420Psychology of Fear

4.5

TCT425Religious Extremism

4.5

TCT430Ethno/Nationalist Terrorism

4.5

TCT435Terrorist Support Networks

4.5

TCT440Islamism and Terrorism

4.5

General Education Core (61.5)

(Available for block transfer)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

Science

SCScience Electives

9

Humanities

Humanities Electives

9

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Electives

9

Communications

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

 

EN3050Technical Communications

4.5

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

 

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Criminal Justice Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements

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