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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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 Science program do not have to meet a language requirement, but must take 16 hours of specific lower-level natural science courses.

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

3

Criminal Justice (advanced)

15
Other Requirements
  Hours

Biology, Geography, or Geology
Biology 1410, 1411, 1481, 1482, 2423, 2424,
Geography 2301/2101,
Geology 1401, 1402

8

Chemistry, Physical Science, or Physics
Chemistry 1401, 1411,
Physical Science 1301/1101, 1302/1102,
Physics 1301/1101, 1302/1102

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

Mathematics 1332, 1333

3

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 (at least 6 hours must be advanced) 10