2018-2019 Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice*

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice provides students with the knowledge, skills, and professional abilities relevant to the criminal justice field, as well as a strong liberal arts component that develops communications skills, information literacy, abstract thinking and critical analysis and fosters historical, political and social awareness. Students will explore the theoretical, operational, and legal components of law enforcement and the prevention, adjudication, and correction of juvenile and adult crime. Graduates are prepared for careers in the public or private sector of criminal justice or cybercrime and security.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program offers area concentrations that enable students to tailor their degrees to their career and educational goals. Specializations include:

  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Crime and Criminal Behavior**
  • Crime Mapping and Data Analysis**
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Cybersecurity Management**
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Completion of Strayer University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program does not guarantee that a student has met the requirements for employment in the criminal justice field. Prior to enrolling in the program, students are encouraged to consult the applicable licensing board in the field of their employment. Students should be advised that many criminal justice employers take into account the following factors when determining eligibility for employment: U.S. citizenship, state residency, criminal background screening, physical and psychological health, age and military discharge information. Links to the most commonly requested information for regulated professions are available on the Strayer University website at https://icampus.strayer.edu/assignments-academic-support/student-services/student-consumer-information/information-licensed-careers.

*This program is not available at Maryland campuses and is available in an online-only format to Maryland students. Students enrolled in this program in Arkansas and New Jersey must follow the requirements as set forth in the catalog section applicable to their state. This program is available in an online-only format to New Jersey students.

**Crime and Criminal Behavior, Crime Mapping and Data Analysis, and Cybersecurity Management: These concentrations are not available in Alabama or North Carolina.  These concentrations are available online only in Maryland and Mississippi.


Area I-Core Component

BUS 100Introduction to Business

CIS 105Introduction to Information Systems

COM 101Effective Communication Skills

CRJ 100Introduction to Criminal Justice

ENG 115English Composition

MAT 104Algebra with Applications

LEG 100Business Law I

Total Credit Hours:31.5

Area II-Major Component

CIS 170Information Technology in Criminal Justice

CRJ 105Crime and Criminal Behavior

CRJ 180Juvenile Delinquency and Justice

CRJ 220Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice

CRJ 320Criminal Investigation

CRJ 325Criminal Procedure

CRJ 499Undergraduate Capstone in Criminal Justice

LEG 320Criminal Law

SOC 205Society, Law and Government

Total Credit Hours:40.5

Area II-Concentration Component

Students must choose one of the Area II Concentration Components listed to complete the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Area III-General Education Component

COM 201The Power of Effective Speaking

ENG 215Research and Writing

ENG 315Professional Communications

HIS 104American History to 1865


HIS 105American History after 1865


POL 110U.S. Government

HUM 111World Cultures I


HUM 112World Cultures II

MAT 300Statistics

PHI 210Critical Thinking

PSY 105Introduction to Psychology


PSY 110Social Psychology


PSY 115Psychology of Success

SCI 110Introduction to Physical Science


SCI 115Introduction to Biology


SCI 200Environmental Science

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

SOC 450Solutions to Global Issues

Total Credit Hours:49.5

Area IV-Elective Component

These courses are selected in consultation with the Campus Dean or Associate Campus Dean, or Success Coach; within this component it is possible for students to develop a minor in a second area of study (see "Minors").

Total Credit Hours:40.5

Minimum Total Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 180.0

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Area II Concentration Requirements

Computer Security and Forensics Concentration

CIS 175Introduction to Networking

CIS 333Networking Security Fundamentals

CIS 438Information Security Legal Issues


SEC 405Computer Crime Investigation

SEC 340Computer Forensic Technology

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Crime and Criminal Behavior Concentration**

CRJ 310Law Enforcement Operations and Management


CRJ 400Crime Prevention Strategies

CRJ 322The Criminal Mind

CRJ 331Forensic Psychology

CRJ 435Drugs, Gangs and Organized Crime

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Crime Mapping and Data Analysis Concentration**

CIS 111Introduction to Relational Database Management Systems

CIS 358Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

CIS 458Advanced Topics in Geographical Information Systems

CRJ 441Crime Mapping Techniques

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Criminal Justice Administration Concentration

CRJ 310Law Enforcement Operations and Management


CRJ 400Crime Prevention Strategies

CRJ 330Comparative Criminal Justice

CRJ 410Corrections

CRJ 430Advanced Law Enforcement

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Cybersecurity Management Concentration**

CIS 175Introduction to Networking

CIS 333Networking Security Fundamentals

CIS 438Information Security Legal Issues


CIS 462Security Strategy and Policy

SEC 402Cyber Security

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Concentration

CRJ 420Emergency Management Procedures

CRJ 440Terrorism and Antiterrorism

SEC 310Homeland Security Organization and Administration

SEC 315Security Assessment and Solutions

Total Credit Hours:18.0

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Total Credit Hours: 180.0

+Course and certification availability subject to change. Some courses may require prerequisites first be satisfied through completion of the course at Strayer University, transfer credit or review of previous certifications earned. Contact your Campus Dean, Associate Campus Dean, Dean of Advising, or Success Coach for additional information.