Houghton Online | Criminal Justice Degree

Delve into an understanding of the justice system and criminal behavior, address the challenges of neighborhoods and cultures, and evaluate current practices.


B.A.

Bachelor of Arts online degree available

100% ONLINE

Convenient and customizable non-cohort model to allow for individualized planning

8-WEEK COURSES

with six start dates per year.

18 MONTHS

or less to graduate with full-time & part-time options available

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About the Criminal Justice Degree

Criminal justice at Houghton takes a comprehensive approach to the ethical, psychological, and social aspects of criminal behavior and current policies at control. Investigate the historical roots of and responses to criminal behavior in the United States, the development of the modern legal system, and determine possibilities for prevention, restorative justice, and more.

A criminal justice degree is for:

  • Individuals seeking to enter the criminal justice field and need a bachelor's degree to open doors.
  • Individuals already working in the criminal justice field and seeking to further their education.

Skills and knowledge acquired:

  • Address the history of and concerns related to social justice in the modern legal system.
  • Engage in discussion of significant contemporary concepts and issues – including development of an individual or group research project and professional preparation – in a senior capstone seminar.
  • Integrate theory with professional practice with hands-on learning during an internship experience in a criminal justice setting.
  • Go in-depth in subjects such as criminal law, juvenile justice, environmental crime and justice, and more.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions overview

To qualify for admission, students must meet the following criteria:

Recent High School Grads

  • Online Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Reference Form
  • High School Transcript
  • ACT/SAT scores

Working Professionals

  • Online Application
  • College Transcripts (AND high school transcript if applicant does not possess an associate degree)

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Potential Career Options

  • Criminology
  • Cybercrime
  • Forensic science
  • International criminal justice
  • Law enforcement
  • Victim and family advocacy

Program requirements & course details

* The following courses are in addition to general education requirements for Houghton's Bachelor of Arts degree.

Core Courses (19-20 credits)Criminal Justice Major Electives (17-18 credits)
  • COMM 215 - Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • CRJ 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • PHIL 303 - Organizational Ethics (Personal/Professional Ethics) (3)
  • PSY/BADM 309 - Statistics (3)
  • PSY 310 - Experimental Methods OR
    SOC 312 - Social Science Research Methods (4)
  • BCRJ 480 - Senior Capstone Seminar (3)
  • CRJ 211, 311, 411 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJ 301 - Police Operations and Procedures (3)
  • CRJ 305 - Courts, Judgments, and Alternative Consequences (3)
  • CRJ 310 - Correction, Probation and Restorative Justice (3)
  • CRJ 410 - Internship in Criminal Justice (3)
  • POLS 270 - Introduction to Public Policy (4)
  • POLS 275 - Philosophy of Law (2)
  • POLS 328 - Governing Urban Communities (4)
  • POLS 427 - Constitutional Law I: Structures and Powers of Government (4)
  • POLS 428 - Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties (4)
  • PSY 211/318 - Psychology of Race & Racism (3)
  • PSY/SOC 219 - Social Psychology (3)
  • PSY 301 - Psychology of Personality (3)
  • PSY 305 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY 314 - Child Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY 330 - Conflict Management (3)
  • PSY 335 - Drugs & Behavior (3)
  • PSY 401 - Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
  • SOC 231 - Criminology (3)
  • WRIT 217 - Professional Writing (2,3)

Houghton College Online Degree

124 Credits

36-38 within Criminal Justice major
40-42 electives
46 general education
87 maximum transfers allowed

Online program facts.

No Required Class or Login Times

Complete your degree when it's convenient for you

Full Time or Part Time

Flexible options allow you to maintain employment if desired

No Tests

Professors challenge you to apply learned material instead of rote memorization

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