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, protective services, 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. Students may elect a Forensics concentration which provides additional coursework in forensic science applications and investigations, as well as crime scene procedures.
The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its goals:
Successful completion of ENC 4313 prior to student entering CJE 4710 Integrated Criminal Justice Capstone Project.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, students must complete 121 credit hours, or 123 credit hours if taking the Forensics concentration, as described below. The length of this program is approximately 39 months, or 38 months with the Forensics concentration (this will vary if a student transfers in credits).
|Lower Division Criminal Justice Major Courses (21.0 credit hours)|
|Criminology||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Criminal Justice||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Corrections||3.0 credit hours|
|Communications and Writing for CJ Professionals||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Investigation||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Juvenile Procedures||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Law||3.0 credit hours|
|Behavioral Sciences/Social Sciences (6.0 credit hours)|
|Sociology||3.0 credit hours|
|Psychology||3.0 credit hours|
|Communications (3.0 credit hours)|
|Speech Communications||3.0 credit hours|
|Computers (3.0 credit hours)|
|Introduction to Computers||3.0 credit hours|
|Economics (3.0 credit hours)|
|Microeconomics||3.0 credit hours|
|Macroeconomics||3.0 credit hours|
|English (6.0 credit hours)|
|English Composition I||3.0 credit hours|
|English Composition II||3.0 credit hours|
|Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)|
|Any Humanities/Fine Arts course offered by KU|
|Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)|
|College Algebra||3.0 credit hours|
|College Mathematics||3.0 credit hours|
|Statistics (required)||3.0 credit hours|
|Natural Science (16.0 credit hours)|
|General Biology||3.0 credit hours|
|General Biology Laboratory||1.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Biology||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Biology Laboratory||1.0 credit hours|
|General Chemistry||3.0 credit hours|
|General Chemistry Laboratory||1.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Chemistry||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Chemistry Laboratory||1.0 credit hours|
|Major Course Requirements (30.0 credit hours)|
|Select at least 30 credit hours from below:|
|Deviant Behavior||3.0 credit hours|
|Crime and the Media||3.0 credit hours|
|Ethics in Criminal Justice||3.0 credit hours|
|Drug Control||3.0 credit hours|
|Terrorism||3.0 credit hours|
|Human Exploitation||3.0 credit hours|
|Cyber Crimes||3.0 credit hours|
|Integrated CJ Capstone Project||3.0 credit hours|
|Constitutional Criminal Proceedings||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Evidence and Procedures||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Justice Internship I||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Justice Internship II||3.0 credit hours|
|Added Major Courses if not taking Forensics Concentration (18 credit hours)|
|Select at least 18 credit hours from below:||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Law Enforcement||3.0 credit hours|
|Victimology||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Justice Management||3.0 credit hours|
|Private Security||3.0 credit hours|
|Comparative CJ Systems||3.0 credit hours|
|Protective Services||3.0 credit hours|
|Organized Crime||3.0 credit hours|
|White Collar & Economic Crime||3.0 credit hours|
Concentration Program Description The Forensics concentration courses include, Forensic Photography, Introduction to Forensic Science Technology, Fingerprint Identification and Development, and Criminalistics I and II. The forensic science and criminalistics focus introduce students to methods used to identify, develop, and preserve forensic evidence. This concentration will provide Criminal Justice students with a unique skillset, expose students to the field of forensics, and springboard them towards furthering their masters-level educations in criminal justice, psychology, accounting, engineering, and many other disciplines.
|Forensics Concentration Courses (20.0 credit hours)|
|Forensic Photography||4.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Forensic Science Technology||4.0 credit hours|
|Fingerprint ID & Development||4.0 credit hours|
|Criminalistics I||4.0 credit hours|
|Criminalistics II||4.0 credit hours|
|Upper Division General Education Courses (6.0 credit hours)|
|Research Writing||3.0 credit hours|
|Interpersonal Communications||3.0 credit hours|
Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.
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