2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) 
    
    Oct 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Crime and Criminals - BS in Criminal Justice


Return to: BS in Criminal Justice  

As crime continues to plague large cities and small communities throughout the world, the need for criminal investigators continues to grow. In this concentration, students study criminal theories and behavior and discover the proper way to conduct a criminal investigation, including assessing a crime scene; handling witnesses, suspects, and informants; and administering surveillance techniques. The world of drugs, gangs, and organized crime will be explored, along with the impact of these group activities on crime and policing. Students should consider this concentration if they are interested in exploring the world of gangs and organized crime units and task forces or if they are interested in working as a crime scene investigator, criminologist, researcher, or detective.

Degree Requirements


  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General education (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
  • Elective courses (75 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Concentration Curriculum


Electives (75 cr.)


Choose 15 courses from general education, BS in Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Elective credits should total 75 to meet the program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.