The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology online degree completion program is designed to help meet the ever-increasing demand for qualified and highly skilled professionals in the field of law enforcement and other related fields. The curriculum introduces students to the study of criminal behavior, criminal justice systems, social justice and law from a multidisciplinary, liberal-arts perspective. Students seeking a degree in criminal justice and criminology will study the complexities of and relationships among the legal, social, political, historical and psychological influences affecting crime, criminals, and law processes. The curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking skills and to prepare students for leadership roles in such fields as law enforcement, court administration, corrections, juvenile justice, probation, and parole.

Service Learning

Kentucky Wesleyan College’s teaching and learning strategy integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. As a requirement for a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology, a student must complete 2 courses (6 credit hours) with service learning experiential hours.

Career Paths

Professionals who earn a bachelor’s in criminal justice and criminology degree online have numerous opportunities to advance their career within their place of employment or other government, private or public companies and organizations. Positions that require a bachelor degree in CJC may include:

  • Criminologist, Coast Guard, ATF, DEA, FBI agent, US marshal
    • A police detective, Private investigator, Forensic scientist
  • Court reporter, Customs agent, Court clerk, Corrections officer
  • Military intelligence specialist, Probation officer, Sheriff, and other

Criminal Justice and Criminology Online Degree Map

I. General Education
General Humanities (3 hours in history, 3 hours in religion) 9 credit hours
Aesthetics (3 hours must be in literature) 6 credit hours
Social Sciences (in 2 different subjects) 6 credit hours
Physical Education and Health 3 credit hours
Natural Sciences 6 credit hours
Mathematics (College Algebra or higher) 3 credit hours
Communication Skills (2 English composition courses) 6 credit hours
* A Multi-Cultural Studies requirement needs to be met.
Total General Education Credit Hours 39 credit hours
II. Criminal Justice and Criminology Major Core Courses
CJC 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credit hours
CJC 202 Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
CJC 310 Critical Issues in Policing 3 credit hours
CJC 320 Judicial Process 3 credit hours
CJC 340 Criminal Procedure 3 credit hours
CJC 350 Criminology 3 credit hours
CJC 360 Criminal Law 3 credit hours
CJC 370 Corrections 3 credit hours
CJC 380 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3 credit hours
CJC 499 Senior Seminar 3 credit hours
CJC CJC Major Electives
(Actual courses depend upon transfer courses and courses scheduled.)
6 credit hours
Total Major Credit Hours 36 credit hours
III. Supporting Courses in Behavioral Sciences
CART 141 Basic Public Speaking 3 credit hours
POLS Political Science
(Actual courses depend upon transfer courses and courses scheduled.)
6 credit hours
PYS Psychology
(Actual courses depend upon transfer courses and courses scheduled.)
6 credit hours
SOC Sociology
(Actual courses depend upon transfer courses and courses scheduled.)
6 credit hours
Total Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours 21 credit hours
IV. General Electives
Total General Electives Hours 24 credit hours
Total Hours Needed for Graduation (Minimum) 120 Credit Hours
Program taught in:
  • English

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