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Criminal Justice Online Bachelor’s Degree Austin, TX


The criminal justice online bachelor’s degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for entry-level employment in policing, courts or corrections, as well as for career advancement to supervisory and administrative levels. The BS in criminal justice serves as a foundation for such positions as police officer, deputy sheriff, state highway patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation officer, and parole officer, as well as various federal law enforcement positions. Additional training will be required for policing and institutional corrections employment.

In addition to being an entry-level employment requirement in various criminal justice agencies, a criminal justice BS is often criteria for higher-skilled employment, higher pay scales, and promotions.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Apply legal principles to the police, courts, and correctional components of the criminal justice system.
  • Apply ethical decision-making models and professional standards to criminal justice situations.
  • Utilize management and leadership skills to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Communicate orally and in writing in a law enforcement environment.
  • Integrate and apply substantive knowledge and analytical skills to criminal justice operations and issues.


Please Note:

Graphic images depicting violent crimes are utilized as teaching tools in various courses. Students should be prepared to view these images and to engage in discussions regarding these images as part of their required learning activities.

Course Listing (180 Credits)

CJ1000     Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ1500     Criminological Theory

CJ2100     Criminal Law

CJ2150     Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice

CJ2280     Communication for the Criminal Justice Professional

CJ2300     U.S. Courts

CJ2400     U.S. Corrections

CJ3100     Criminal Investigation

CJ3400     Constitutional Law

CJ4900     Criminal Justice Capstone

CJ6100     Law and Public Policy OR
CJ3000+     CJ Elective

CJ6200     Management Topics in Criminal Justice OR
CJ3000+     CJ Elective

CJ6300     Criminal Justice Planning and Innovation OR
CJ3000+     CJ Elective


3000+     Elective

CJ2200     Policing in U.S. Society

CJ3020/PL 3020     Serial Killers and the Law

CJ3200     Police Issues and Practices

CJ4430     Computer Forensic Investigations

INT315     Open Source Research

INT410     Weapons Systems

MGT344     Protective Security Law

MGT375     Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

MGT380     Conflict Resolution

MGT405     Consequence Management

PHIL400     Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

PRO398     Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

PRO422     Building Security

PRO430     Travel and Hospitals

PRO500DC     Advanced Executive Protection

PRO595     Advanced Protection Operations

PRO690     Advanced Threat Assessment

SEC326     Foundations of Vehicular Security

SEC366     Managing the Security Organization

SEC452     Infiltration Techniques

SEC665     Cyber Security

SOC385     Etiquette and Rapport

TCT306     Media and Terrorism


EN1150     Composition I


SC Science Electives


Humanities Electives

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Electives


EN1300     Composition II

EN2100     Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication

EN3050     Technical Communications


MA2000     Quantitative Reasoning

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

CS2086     Career Path Planning

Specialty Courses

Choose Six of the Below:

CJ2250 Introduction to Forensic Investigations

CJ3400 Constitutional Law

CJ3500 Forensic Photography (3 hours)

CJ4430 Computer Forensic Investigations

CJ4200 Forensic Chemistry

CJ4400 Investigation of Sex Crimes

CJ4000 Psychology and the Law

CJ2700 Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism in Criminal Justice

CJ3005 Gangs in America

CJ3030 Societal Influences:  Hate Crimes and the Law

CJ3050 Loss Prevention, Crime Prevention, and Hospital Security

CJ4450 Security Operations Theory

CJ4500 Homeland Security and Terrorism

CJ4500             Homeland Security and Terrorism

MGT405            Consequence Management

PRO398            Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

SEC366            Managing the Security Organization

CJ3050             Loss Prevention, Crime Prevention, and Hospital Security

PRO430            Travel and Hospitals

MGT380            Conflict Resolution

Choose Six of the Below:

CJ2230             Diversity & Criminal Justice

CJ3000             Victimology

CJ3300             Juvenile Justice & Delinquency

CJ3005             Gangs in America

CJ3700             Community Policing

CJ4000             Psychology and the Law

PS1050             Introduction to Psychology

PS2000             Human Growth & Development

PS2100             Human Relations

PS3100             Abnormal Psychology

SO1050            Introduction to Sociology

SO2150            Child Growth & Development

CJ2240             Introduction to Private Security

MGT344            Protective Security Law

MGT375            Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

SEC366            Managing the Security Organization

CJ2240             Introduction to Private Security

Three (3) PRO or SEC designated courses

CJ4450             Security Operations Theory

PHIL400            Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

MGT380            Conflict Resolution

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.