2021-2022 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 careers and educational goals. Concentrations include:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Crime and Criminal Behavior
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Probation and Parole**


Completion of the Strayer University 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 website at https://www.strayer.edu/student-consumer-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.

**Probation and Parole: For students in New Jersey, this concentration is available only online.

The university recognizes that the IT industry uses IT certifications as a means of vetting potential IT professionals in the fields of network security and cybersecurity. Therefore, a number of carefully chosen courses have embedded IT certification training along with academic rigor in order to prepare students for being certified. Review the undergraduate-level CIS course descriptions in the course descriptions section of this catalog to determine which courses in this program have certification training availability and the requirements associated with each course. Certifications are the best means of validating a student's skills and knowledge.



BUS 100Introduction to Business

BUS 300Public Relations


CIS 324Computer Ethics

CRJ 100Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ 105Crime and Criminal Behavior

CRJ 150Criminal Justice Report Writing

CRJ 180Juvenile Delinquency and Justice

CRJ 220Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice

CRJ 317Criminal Justice Technology

CRJ 320Criminal Investigation

CRJ 325Criminal Procedure

CRJ 499Undergraduate Capstone in Criminal Justice

LEG 320Criminal Law

LEG 420U.S. Courts

SOC 205Society, Law and Government

SOC 400Sociology of Class, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race

Total Credit Hours:67.5


Students must choose one of the concentrations listed to complete the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Total Credit Hours:18.0

General Education Core

WRK 100Preparing for the Future of Work

CIS 101Navigating a Digital World

COM 100Communication at Work

COM 200Communication: The Key to Working Together

ECO 110Taking Charge of Your Economic Future 

ENG 116Discover the Writer in You

ENG 201The Power of Persuasion 

MAT 110Using Math to Inform Your World

MAT 210Data-Driven Decisions

HIS 110U.S. History: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future

HUM 201Exploring Cultures: Adapting in a Global World

PHI 201Thinking it Through

PSY 101Smarter Decisions through Psychology

SCI 201Unlocking the Secrets of Science and Innovation 

SOC 101The Story of Us: Embracing Diversity and Collaboration 

Total Credit Hours:67.5


These courses are selected in consultation with the campus dean or associate campus dean, or student services coach; within this component it is possible for students to develop a minor in a second area of study (see Minors).

Total Credit Hours:27.0

Minimum Total Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 180.0

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Concentration Requirements

Computer Forensics Concentration

CIS 170Information Technology in Criminal Justice

CIS 175Introduction to Networking

CIS 333Networking Security Fundamentals

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

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

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

Probation and Parole Concentration**

CRJ 322The Criminal Mind

CRJ 331Forensic Psychology

CRJ 410Corrections

CRJ 415Community Corrections

Total Credit Hours:18.0

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Total Credit Hours: 180.0