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Walden University’s B.S. in Criminal Justice program is designed to help students gain the skills and knowledge to prepare for a career in law enforcement, the justice system, corrections, homeland security, and social services. The program blends contemporary theory on the nature, extent, and cause of crime with the study of national and international criminal justice practices. Learning is supported through coursework and a final capstone project. The curriculum is based on the recommendations of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The program can help prepare students to become more effective social change agents in criminal justice organizations at the local, state, federal, or international levels.
At the end of the program, students will be able to:
1. Explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice.
2. Demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system.
3. Describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice.
4. Discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime.
5. Apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social change.
- 181 total quarter credit hours
- General education courses (46 cr.)
- Core courses (40 cr.)
- Concentration courses (15–30 cr., depending on concentration)
- Elective courses (60–75 cr., depending on concentration)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)
General Education Courses (46 cr.)
See the general education section of this Walden University Catalog.
Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.
Elective Courses (60–75 cr.)
Students are to select 12 or 15 additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement, depending on the concentration. Students may choose courses from either general education courses, criminal justice concentration courses, or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s programs. At least three elective courses must be at the 3000 level or above. These credits of electives are in addition to the 5-credit general education elective.
Students are encouraged, but not required, to take an elective course specifically designed for this program.
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