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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.
Students must complete one of the following concentrations.
- 181 total quarter credit hours (including 45 cr. completed at Walden)
- General education courses (45 cr.)
- First course (1 cr.)
- Core courses (40 cr.)
- Concentration courses (15–30 cr.)
- Elective courses (60–75 cr.)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)