Keiser University

Criminal Justice, BA (CJ)

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides preparation in many areas of the criminal justice system. Topics include but are not limited to: deviant behavior, forensics, law enforcement and investigation, victimology, private security, corrections and juvenile justice and how components work together and are governed by our laws, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution. This exploration of the American criminal justice system culminates with an emphasis on research, analysis and the future of the system.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives.

  • To develop students’ ability to understand the tools and procedures used by various agencies within the criminal justice system.
  • To develop students’ ability to think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • To assist students in becoming more proficient in researching, collecting and organizing complex data, solving problems and working collaboratively.
  • To prepare students for employment and advancement in criminal justice related fields.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

None.

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, students must earn 120.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Criminal Justice Lower Division Courses ( 24.0 credit hours )
Criminology 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Corrections 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Law Enforcement 3.0 credit hours
Communications and Writing for CJ Professionals 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Juvenile Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Law 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Investigation 3.0 credit hours

Lower Division General Education Courses ( 36.0 credit hours )

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Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.

Criminal Justice Upper Division Courses ( 51.0 credit hours )
Deviant Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Victimology 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Justice Management 3.0 credit hours
Organized Crime 3.0 credit hours
White-Collar and Economic Crime 3.0 credit hours
Drug Control 3.0 credit hours
Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Ethics in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
Alternative Punishment 3.0 credit hours
Private Security 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Forensic Science 3.0 credit hours
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3.0 credit hours
Technology and Crime 3.0 credit hours
Integrated Criminal Justice Capstone Project 3.0 credit hours
Constitutional Criminal Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses ( 9.0 credit hours )
Intermediate Statisticals 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Sociology of the Urban Community 3.0 credit hours

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