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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice

120 semester hours

A degree in criminal justice can jump-start several career paths that range from law enforcement and homeland security to crime analyzing and preparation for law school. ASU criminal justice students learn about the agencies and organizations involved in criminal proceedings, as well as the thought processes of some victims and offenders.

Our criminal justice courses draw from many other areas of study, including sociology, biology, psychology, social psychology and management, among others. Professors use everything from case studies and videos to lectures and discussion to provide a well-rounded program for our students.

Nearly all professors in the criminal justice program have real-world job experience in the subjects they teach. While entry-level classes tend to be larger, some upper-level classes are more intimate with as few as 10-15 students. Professors encourage students to visit with them after class to discuss career ideas and the latest advancements in the justice system.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts programs must take foreign language courses and are required to take two lab sciences from the natural science area.

Delivery Method

This degree is offered completely on-campus and in a hybrid (online and on-campus) format.  

Academic Major
  Hours

Criminal Justice 1301, 1306, 1310, 2313, 2328

15

Criminal Justice 3302, 3305, 4354

9

Criminal Justice (advanced)

12
Other Requirements
  Hours

Communication 2301

3

Creative Arts:
Art 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302,
Honors 2302,
Music 1341, 1342, 1351, 1376,
Theatre 1311

3

Cultural Competence 2323

3

English 1301, 1302

6

General Studies 1181

1
History 1301, 1302 6

Humanities:
English 2323, 2324, 2325, 2328, 2329,
History 2331, 2332,
Honors 2305,
Philosophy 2301, 2311, 2321

3

Life and Physical Sciences:
Biology 1410, 1411, 1481, 1482, 2423, 2424,
Chemistry 1401, 1411,
Geography 2301/2101,
Geology 1401, 1402,
Physical Science 1301/1101, 1302/1102,
Physics 1301/1101, 1302/1102

8

Mathematics 1332, 1333

3

Modern Language 1301, 1302, 2311, 2312 in a single modern language

12

Political Science 2301, 2302

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Agricultural Economics 1331,
Economics 1300, 2301, 2302,
Geography 2305,
Psychology 1303, 2301,
Sociology 1303, 2301

3
Minor (at least 12 hours must be advanced) 18
Electives (9 SCH must be advanced to meet the 42 advanced hour requirement) 9