2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    Apr 13, 2021  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BS in Criminal Justice

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Walden University’s BS 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General education  courses (46 cr.)*
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (20 cr.)
  • Elective courses (65 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

*Click here for required general education courses by program.


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.

Concentration Courses (20 cr.)

These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.

Electives (65 cr.)

Choose 13 courses from general education , BS in Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Elective credits should total 65 to meet the program requirements. At least 5 credits must be at the 3000, 4000, or 5000 level. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements.

Note on Licensure

Walden’s BS in Criminal Justice program is not considered a Professional Peace Officer Education Program for the state of Minnesota and is not designed or intended to prepare graduates for licensure as a peace officer, police officer, or other law enforcement officer in any state.  

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the BS in Criminal Justice program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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