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Criminal Justice (Forensics Concentration), BA

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This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Flagship Residential Campus

Program Description

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.

Program Objectives

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

  • Understand the history of the criminal justice system, to include its evolution and impact on society;
  • Develop students’ ability to understand the tools and procedures used by criminal justice professionals;
  • Develop students’ ability to think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Facilitate the development of students’ proficiency in researching, collecting and organizing complex data, solving problems and working collaboratively;
  • Prepare students for employment and advancement in criminal justice related fields.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Successful completion of ENC 4313 prior to student entering CJE 4710 Integrated Criminal Justice Capstone Project.

Program Outline

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 Courses

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

Lower Division General Education Courses (46.0 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)
Biology I 3.0 credit hours
Biology I Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Anatomy and Physiology with Terminology and Disease Process 4.0 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

Upper Division Courses

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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