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Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice

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.   

Degree Requirements

121 Credit Hours

Academic Major
Courses Hours
Criminal Justice 1301, 1306, 2313, 2328, 3310 15
Criminal Justice 1310, 2314, or 2323 3
Criminal Justice 3303, 3305 6
Criminal Justice 4310 or 4330 3
Criminal Justice 4350 or 4360 3
Criminal Justice (Advanced) 12
Other Requirements
Courses Hours
Communication 2301 3
Computational and Applied Math 2305, Mathematics 1302, 1303, 1311,
1312, 1332, 1561, 2305, or 2513
3
Computer Literacy: Agricultural Economics 1351, Animal Science 1351, Business Computer Information Systems 1305, Communication 2345, Computational and Applied Mathematics 1351, Computer Science 1301, 1341, 1351, 1361, 1371, Education 2323, Mass Media 2345, Mathematics 1351, Music 2353, Nursing 2338, Theatre 2345, or University Studies 2323 3
English 1301, 1302 or Honors 1302, and one sophomore literature 9
History 1301 and 1302 6
Natural Science (Biology 2423, 2424, or Geology 1401, 1402) 8
Natural Science (Chemistry 1411, 1412, Physics 1421, 1422) 8
Political Science 2301 and 2302 6
Social Science: Agricultural Economics 1331, Economics, 2300, 2301,
2302, Geography 2301, Psychology 1303, 2301, Sociology 1303, 2301, 2307
3
Visual and Performing Arts: Art 1301, 1302, 1305, 2301, 2302, Honors 2302, Music 1310, 1341, 1342, 1351, 1361, 1375, 1376, Theatre 1311, 1351 3
Minor
Courses Hours
Minor 18
Electives
Courses Hours
Electives (9 elective hours must be advanced to meet the 42 advanced hour requirement) 9


The B.S. degree with a major in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 121 SCH, a minimum of 42 advanced (junior and senior level) semester credit hours, and a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in residence (24 of which must be at the advanced level). 24 of the last 30 hours required must be taken in residence.