2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    Sep 30, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [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.


Note: The BS in Criminal Justice program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.

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.

Competency-Based Education

In addition to the course-based option described below, students can choose to earn their BS in Criminal Justice through the competency-based education modality. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will earn the same Walden degree in either modality. See the BS in Criminal Justice (Competency Based)  page for program details.

Course-Based Program

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.)

*Review the list of 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 60 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 student success 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 10 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.  

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