SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ) degree was designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of today’s criminal justice system and provide a foundation for you to launch a career in the criminal justice industry. Whether you’re interested in serving as an advocate for victims of crime, working for a non-profit that focuses on criminal justice policy, serving as a probation officer, or working in a court system, the BA in Criminal Justice degree program can help.
The BACJ program will provide you with a broad knowledge of the criminal justice system including such topics as the role of technology in criminal justice, how the corrections system works, how courts and law enforcement work together, and criminal justice theory. When you graduate with a BACJ degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to propel you into a career in the criminal justice system whether that’s in government, nonprofit, or the private sector.
Through the flexibility of this program, you will be able to learn what you want, when you want. Not only is the program offered entirely online for your convenience, but we also allow you the flexibility to specialize in areas of criminal justice that interest you most.
Additionally, we can assure you that the online CU Denver Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program is the same great program as the on-campus version. In fact, it’s exactly the same as the on-campus program, you’re just taking classes in a different way.
Are you ready to jump into the interesting and ever-changing world of criminal justice and prepare yourself for a career? Then, the online BA in Criminal Justice is the right degree for you.
The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program is a liberal arts undergraduate degree that acts like a professional degree. Unlike other liberal arts degrees, the BACJ program focuses on developing critical thinking and analytic skills in combination
with the core competencies of a standard undergraduate degree to provide you with skills and expertise that you can use every day in your criminal justice career.
Upon completion of the program, you will:
In addition to a variety of class topics including ethics, social and behavioral factors behind crime, the institutions of the criminal justice system, and victimology, you are required to participate in at least a one-semester internship where you will
walk away with practical, hands-on experience. Many students find the internship portion of the program so valuable that the choose to extend their semester internship into a full year or take another internship entirely.
Finally, we offer a bachelors/masters program in criminal justice. Whether you know you are planning on pursuing a graduate degree in criminal justice after the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program or not, approved students can take up to 12 credit hours at the graduate level, all while still pursuing your undergraduate degree. For undergraduate students in the BA/MCJ program, the School of Public Affairs (SPA) provides a tuition scholarship to offset the greater cost of graduate-level courses, so not only do you have the opportunity to complete these classes at a discounted tuition rate but also the credits can also be applied towards masters degree program upon graduation.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status.
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Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online through CU Denver are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Of those 120 credit hours, students complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of internship. You may choose to complete additional internship credits with a maximum accumulation of 6 credit hours.
1 semester credit hour is equal to 45 hours of on-site internship work experience.
2 semester credit hours are equal to 90 hours of on-site internship work experience.
3 semester credit hours are equal to 135 hours of on-site internship work experience.
4 semester credit hours are equal to 180 hours of on-site internship work experience.
5 semester credit hours are equal to 225 hours of on-site internship work experience.
6 semester credit hours are equal to 270 hours of on-site internship work experience.
The internship can be paid or unpaid. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of internship to satisfy the CRJU internship requirement.
In order to qualify for an internship, students must meet the following minimum requirements:
With a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, you’ll have an opportunity to pursue a plethora of careers from detective to death investigator to probation officer.
The career outlook for criminal justice graduates is increasing year-over-year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 30% of federal government employees were eligible to retire by late 2017. That statistic doesn’t even take into consideration state or local government employees or nonprofit and public sector employees.
The overall career outlook for BACJ students depends in large part on the type of criminal justice career. Overall, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts the following growth patterns:
Here are some of the top career opportunities that you could expect after graduation along with median annual salary:
CRJU 1000 - Justice: An OverviewThis course is designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice process and the criminal justice system in general. Concepts of crime, deviance, and justice are discussed and general theories of crime causation are examined. Special emphasis is placed on the components of the criminal justice system: the police, the prosecutorial and defense functions, the judiciary, and the field of corrections.
CRJU 2041 - Crime Theory and CausesThis course provides a general survey of the nature and causes of crime and efforts of the criminal justice system to predict, prevent, modify, and correct this behavior. This course involves a critical appraisal of various theories of crime causation, including an examination of biological, psychological, economic, and sociological perspectives that explain crime and deviance.
CRJU 3150 - Statistics for Criminal Justice