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

Disclaimers

*Probation and Parole: This concentration is available online only in New Jersey.

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.

The university recognizes that the information technology (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 certification. 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.

Requirements

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 concentrations 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

OR

HIS 105American History after 1865

OR

POL 110U.S. Government

HUM 111World Cultures I

OR

HUM 112World Cultures II

MAT 300Statistics

PHI 210Critical Thinking

PSY 105Introduction to Psychology

SCI 110Introduction to Physical Science

OR

SCI 115Introduction to Biology

OR

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 a dean, advisor or 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

Area II – Concentration Requirements

Computer Security and Forensics Concentration

The Computer Security and Forensics Concentration is designed to provide opportunities for students to explore computer networking, security and forensics technologies. Students will learn how to gather evidence to identify, track and prosecute cybercriminals, as well as focusing on networking protocols, topologies, hardware and operating systems.

CIS 175Introduction to Networking

CIS 333Networking Security Fundamentals

CIS 438Information Security Legal Issues

OR

SEC 405Computer Crime Investigation

SEC 340Computer Forensic Technology

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Crime and Criminal Behavior Concentration

The Crime and Criminal Behavior Concentration is designed to provide students opportunities to explore the logical structure of criminology theories. Students are introduced to the application of major theories, concepts of crime, criminal justice, and criminology as well as how criminology theories are used to formulate crime prevention programs and to provide a better understanding of criminal and delinquent behavior.

CRJ 310Law Enforcement Operations and Management

OR

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

The Criminal Justice Administration Concentration is designed to provide opportunities for students to understand how criminal agencies operate. This concentration focuses on the leadership and operations of the intricate workings of the United States criminal justice system.

CRJ 310Law Enforcement Operations and Management

OR

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

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Concentration is designed to provide opportunities for students to explore the operationally oriented field of emergency response management, including strategic responses to national security threats like terrorism, natural disasters and global security issues.

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*

The Probation and Parole Concentration is designed to provide opportunities for a student to examine corrections, probation and parole in both concepts and procedures. This concentration focuses on the continuum of services provided in the criminal justice system that manages and supervises criminal and delinquent offenders.

CRJ 322The Criminal Mind

CRJ 331Forensic Psychology

CRJ 410Corrections

CRJ 415Community Corrections

Total Credit Hours:18.0

*Probation and Parole: This concentration is available online only in New Jersey.

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Total Credit Hours: 180.0