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Bachelor of Science
Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science
AT A GLANCE
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
TUITION
  • $248 per credit hour (Europe)
  • $250 per credit hour (Downrange)

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Develop your skills for work in law enforcement or a Federal agency.

Protect, serve, and prepare to move into a key position in law enforcement or a federal agency with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Our criminal justice program can help provide you with an understanding of the nature of crime and the personnel, institutions, and processes that prevent and respond to crime. Criminal justice is also a natural fit for students who have experience in the military.


Secure Your Career with a Degree in Criminal Justice

This program is also available as a minor.

In your criminal justice coursework, you'll learn both the theory and practice of the criminal justice system, as well as the specifics of criminal behavior, law enforcement, courts, corrections, security, and investigation.

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 100)
    or (3 Credits, CCJS 105)
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 340)
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 497)
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 345)
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 350)
    or any upper-level CCJS course
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 230)
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 360)
    or any upper-level CCJS course
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 380)
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 341)
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 352)
    or any upper-level CCJS course
  • (3 Credits, CCJS 495)

Electives

The bachelor's degree in criminal justice requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

A degree with a major in criminal justice requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses


  • (3 Credits, PACE 111M) or 
    (3 Credits, PACE 111P) or other PACE 111 course (to be taken in first 6 credits)

  • (1 Credit, LIBS 150) or 
    (1 Credit, CAPL 398A) or other general education elective

  • (3 Credits, IFSM 201) or 
    (3 Credits, CMST 301) or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Communications Courses


  • (3 Credits, WRTG 111) or 
    (3 Credits, WRTG 291) or other writing course

  • (3 Credits, WRTG 112)

  • (3 Credits, SPCH 100) or other communication, writing, or speech course

  • (3 Credits, WRTG 391) or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course


  • (3 Credits, MATH 105) or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses


  • (3 Credits, HIST 142) or 
    (3 Credits, HIST 157) or other arts and humanities course

  • (3 Credits, ARTH 204) or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses


  • (3 Credits, ECON 201) or 
    (3 Credits, PSYC 100) or other behavioral and social science course

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170) or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses


  • (3 Credits, BIOL 101) and 
    (1 Credit, BIOL 102) or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses

  • (3 Credits, NUTR 100) or  160 or other science lecture course

Additional Information

At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

An articulation agreement between UMGC’s Undergraduate School and Graduate School allows eligible students who complete their undergraduate degree at UMGC with a major in criminal justice to reduce their total coursework for the Master of Science in Management with a specialization in criminal justice management at UMGC by 6 credits (two courses) and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework.

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