2017-2018 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
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • 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.


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"). Students attending New Jersey campuses must take five electives from the General Studies disciplines listed in the catalog: Economics, English, Foreign Language, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Science and Sociology.

Total Credit Hours:40.5


Total Credit Hours: 180.0

Area II Concentration Requirements

Computer Security and Forensics Concentration

CIS 175+Introduction to Networking

CIS 333+Networking Security Fundamentals

CIS 417Computer Forensics

CIS 438Information Security Legal Issues


SEC 405Computer Crime Investigation

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

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

+Course and certification availability subject to change. Some courses may require pre-requisites 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.