Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration Degree
The Criminal Justice Administration Program is designed to permit the pursuit of different professional career goals while integrating the general study of criminal justice and law with other relevant disciplines. A degree in criminal justice administration prepares students for entry-level employment in the field, for promotion and leadership roles and for graduate study.
Comparison based on the cost of an online, Bachelor of Science in Business Degree at University of Phoenix, and an online, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at Columbia College. Comparison costs for University of Phoenix do not include fees, and assume the cost of the degree based on 120 credit hours. Reported tuition costs represent an average of the cost for upper level ($610) and lower level ($410) courses as advertised on University of Phoenix’s website on March 6, 2015. The tuition cost listed for Columbia College does not include fees and represents the cost of 120 credit hours, which is the number of credit hours required to complete the online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
The program provides career enhancing opportunities through practicum and internship opportunities. It provides an excellent academic foundation for students planning to go on to graduate studies or law school.
Two baccalaureate degrees are offered in Criminal Justice Administration: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science.
Students considering either a BS or BA degree should consider their own experience in the criminal justice area. For students currently working in the criminal justice field the BA is recommended. For those desiring to enter the field, the BS degree is recommended; the BS degree offers practicum and internship experiences that add to the student's understanding of the criminal justice career area.
General Education Requirements
38-41 sem. hrs
|Ethics Course Requirement:|
|CJAD 345||Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice or||3 hrs|
Foreign Language Requirement
6 sem. hrs
3 sem. hrs
|(Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)|
42 sem. hrs
|(All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)|
|CJAD 101||Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration||3 hrs|
|CJAD 301||Criminal Law||3 hrs|
|CJAD 311||Police in a Democratic Society||3 hrs|
|CJAD 320||Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice*||3 hrs|
|CJAD 325||Juvenile Justice System and Procedures||3 hrs|
|CJAD 345||Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice||3 hrs|
|CJAD 350||Corrections and Penology||3 hrs|
|CJAD 405||Laws of Criminal Evidence||3 hrs|
|CJAD 415||Criminal Procedures||3 hrs|
|CJAD 451||Management of Criminal Justice Agencies||3 hrs|
|CJAD 495||Integrative Seminar||3 hrs|
|HUMS 300||Exploring Research or||3 hrs|
|PADM 395||(POSC 395) Political Science & Public Administration Research Methods OR|
|CJAD 425||Legal Research and Writing OR|
|ANTH 327||(PSYC/SOCI 327) Qualitative Research Methods||3 hrs|
|PSYC 325||(SOCI 325) Quantitative Research Methods|
|POSC 340||Judicial Process||3 hrs|
|SOCI 321||Criminology or||3 hrs|
|SOCI 331||Juvenile Delinquency|
Behavioral and Social Sciences Electives
6 sem. hrs
|Three semester hours must be Criminal Justice electives. The remaining 3 hours must be from one of the following: Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Human Services, FRSC 305 Forensic Anthropology, FRSC 327 Fingerprint Evidence, or FRSC 445 Forensic Pathology.|
22-25 sem. hrs
22-25 sem. hrs
120 sem. hrs