Criminal Justice

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

The online criminal justice degree 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.

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Flexible options allow you to maintain employment if desired

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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.

Potential Career Options

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

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Courses are 8 weeks in length


All courses are fully online


Graduate in 18 months or less

Criminal Justice Degree

124 credits

46 general Education Credits

36-38 Criminal Justice Major

40-42 Elective Credits

87 Maximum transfer credit allowed

Required Courses

Core Courses (19-20 credits)

  • COMM 215 - Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • CRJ 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • PHIL 303 - Organizational 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)

Electives (17-18 credits)

  • 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)
  • SOC 231 - Criminology (3)
  • POLS 270 - Introduction to Public Policy (4)
  • And more!


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