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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Program Overview

Whether you plan to advance your career or you are starting as a student, our online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program provides the background you need to succeed in local, state and federal law enforcement as well as intelligence agencies. In this program, you will get to explore and analyze the sociological, biological and psychological theories behind criminal behavior, research how crime can be prevented and develop effective criminal rehabilitation methods.

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$266 Per Credit Hour
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120 Credit Hours
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$266 Per Credit Hour
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120 Credit Hours

Gain an extensive understanding of the American court system and its role in the administration of criminal justice while also examining relevant topics such as professional ethics and managing police-community relations.

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In this program, you will gain:

  • A comprehensive understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, theories of crime and punishment, criminal law, and research methods
  • In-depth knowledge of criminal behavior and how crime can be prevented
  • The ability to connect key concepts to real-world field research and practices
  • The skills to establish and maintain effective communication within management and supervisory roles

This program prepares you for roles such as:

  • Child Protective Services
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Victim Advocacy & services
  • Non-Profits & Non-Government Organization
  • Probation Officers/Parole Officers
  • Crime Analysts

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Tuition

The B.S. in Criminal Justice online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition with all fees included.

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$266 Per Credit Hour
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$798 Per 3-Credit-Hour Course

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Fees

A $25 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again.

Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

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Our B.S. in Criminal Justice online program is delivered in a convenient and accelerated format—with multiple start dates throughout the year—so you can earn your degree faster.

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Admissions

We've streamlined the admission process, so it's easier for you to get started on your degree. Find the requirements for the B.S. in Criminal Justice online, what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

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Diploma SAT/ACT scores or transcripts
GPA GPA of 2.0 or higher
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Diploma SAT/ACT scores or transcripts
GPA GPA of 2.0 or higher

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Students interested in the B.S. in Criminal Justice online program must meet the requirements below.

  • Submit undergraduate application and $25 application fee
  • Cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Freshmen: SAT score of 940 or higher or ACT score of 18 or higher
  • Transfer students (12 or more credit hours from other institutions): official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours.

    Official transcripts, test scores and other materials that come from third-party sources may be emailed or mailed from the granting institution(s) to:

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    University of Houston-Victoria
    3007 N. Ben Wilson Street
    Victoria, TX 77901
    ATTN: Fasttrak Admissions/University College

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Courses

Students must complete a total of 120 semester credit hours to earn the B.S. in Criminal Justice online. Courses include: Freshman Seminar (3 credit hours), University Core Curriculum (43 credit hours), B.S. Program Requirements (8 credit hours), Criminal Justice Program Requirements (24 credit hours), one support course (3 credit hours), Upper Division Program Electives (15 credit hours), and Upper Division Criminal Justice Electives (6 credit hours), plus any other electives needed to equal 120 credits.

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This course is waived for transfer students with 30 credit hours or who have taken a similar course from another accredited institution.

UNIV 1300: First Year Seminar

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an academic context for: (1) the understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of a college education; (2) study and life skills necessary for academic success; and, (3) opportunities for connection with peers, faculty and the institution. This course is required for freshmen students in all majors and any student entering the university with less than 30 SCH.

General education courses are required based on admission standing and transfer credits.

English – 6 credit hours

ENGL 1301: English Composition I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Composition course providing instruction in the writing and analysis of expository prose; emphasis on rhetorical principles and basic organizational modes.

ENGL 1302: English Composition II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Continued Development of writing skills acquired in English 1301 and development of critical thinking skills in argumentation, analysis and interpretation of various types of literature.

Political Science – 6 credit hours

PSCI 2305: US Government

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to United States national government and politics; including constitutional basis, processes, institutions and policies of U.S. Government and politics.

PSCI 2306: Texas Government

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to Texas state and local government including constitutional basis, processes, institutions and policies of Texas government and politics.

History – 6 credit hours

HIST 1301: U.S. History I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course of US history from 1492 to 1865 including social, political, intellectual, economic and military history will be explored.

HIST 1302: U.S. History II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course of US history from 1865 to present, including social political, intellectual, economic and military history will be explored.

Math – 3 credit hours

MATH 1314: College Algebra

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will cover quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions, system of equations, progression, sequences and series, matrices and determinants.

Life & Physical Sciences – 7 credit hours

BIOL 1308: Biology I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors.

BIOL 1309: Biology II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors.

BIOL 1322: Human Nutrition

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to nutrition for students of science and non-science majors. Topics include fundamentals of nutrition, metabolism, digestion, absorption, nutrient storage and drug/nutrient interactions.

Humanities – 3 credit hours

HUMA 1301: Introduction to Humanities

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This stand alone course is an interdisciplinary survey of cultures focusing on the philosophical and aesthetic factors in human values with an emphasis on the historical development of the individual and society and the drive to create. This course will offer selected, interrelated topics in philosophy, literature, religion, and the arts and sciences from ancient times to about the year 1700.

Creative Arts – 3 credit hours

COMM 1335: Introduction to Radio & TV

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course focusing on historical, technical, and governmental aspects of the broadcast industry. Topics such as programming, sales, rating, and public broadcasting will be introduced.

Social/Behavioral Science – 3 credit hours

PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey of Introductory topics such as learning, memory, sensation and perception, personality, life-span development, psychological basis of behavior, stress and health, psychological disorders, social psychology and research methods.

Additional Courses – 6 credit hours

COSC 1301: Technology & Problem Solving

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to technology, algorithmic problem solving and their applications for students in sciences, humanities, social sciences and business.

SPCH 1315: Introduction to Public Speaking

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction of the basic principles and techniques in research, composition, organization and delivery of speeches for various purposes appropriate for purpose, occasion and audience.

Students earning their Bachelor of Science must take the following courses.

ENGL 3430: Professional Writing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Study of Professional writing, including correspondence, proposals, research reports, resumes and job letters. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302

BIOL 1309: Biology II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors.

BIOL 1107: Biology II Lab

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory designed to give hands-on experience and to reinforce basic principles of diversity, ecology, and evolution. Three lab hours each week.

Students must take CRIJ 1301 first. Transfer students with 60 credit hours or more are not required to take CRIJ 1301 and may start with CRIJ 3310. CRIJ 4320 is a fixed last course and cannot be taken at the same time as any prerequisites.

CRIJ 1301: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

History and philosophy of criminal justice; ethical considerations; definition of crime; its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court systems; and corrections.

CRIJ 3310: Foundations of Criminal Justice

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Overview of the interdisciplinary nature of criminal justice. Examined in brief are the various aspects which comprise the framework of the criminal justice system. Required course/gateway course to program.

CRIJ 3314: Criminal Justice Administration

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of contemporary theories of management and supervision from an interpersonal relations standpoint. Emphasis on establishing and maintaining effective communications and a supportive environment.

CRIJ 3316: Ethics of Social Control

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The role of law in controlling behavior, questions of individual responsibility and governmental obligation and authority, and professional ethics in corrections and law enforcement.

CRIJ 3318: Criminology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The examination of the causes of crime (etiology) by exploring and analyzing sociological, biological and psychological theories of crime causation.

CRIJ 3324: Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces the student to some of the fundamentals of knowledge-generating processes in criminal justice. Discussion of research techniques and writing. Prerequisites: CRIJ 3318

CRIJ 4320: Senior Seminar

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Intensive seminar examining students understanding of fundamental knowledge gained throughout the curriculum. Designed to build analytical abilities and measure comprehension. Prerequisites: CRIJ 3310; 3314; 3318; 3324

Students must choose one of the following courses to complete.

PSYC 4311: Abnormal Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of maladaptive behavior; historical and current trends in diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301

PSYC 4312: Social Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The psychology of social influence. Includes topics such as social persuasion, interpersonal attraction, aggression, and prejudice. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301

Students must take 15 hours of upper division program electives. CRIJ 4300 may be taken twice for credit if topics differ.

CRIJ 3321: American Court Systems

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the role of the courts in the administration of criminal justice. Topics include court structures, the Supreme Court, plea bargaining, and trial proceedings.

CRIJ 4313: Juvenile Justice System

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The history, philosophy and role of the juvenile court with emphasis on jurisdiction, treatment, criminal proceedings, and the family court.

CRIJ 4321: Policing Democratic Society

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth look at the relationship between law enforcement and American society. Focus is on police-community relations, the police subculture, social perception and cultural differences.

CRIJ 4300: Selected Topics-Criminal Justice

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

May be taken twice for credit toward plan if topics differ. On recommendation of advisor, when topic is appropriate for specialization.

Students must complete at least 6 hours of upper division Criminal Justice courses plus any other electives needed to meet the 120-credit-hour requirement.

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