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Criminal Justice Programs

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 professional experience in the subjects they teach. While entry-level classes tend to be larger, some upper-level classes are more intimate. Professors encourage students to visit with them after class to discuss career ideas and the latest advancements in the justice system.

Please read through our educational options below to find a program that fits your needs.

Degree Programs

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

Students must take a foreign language and are required to take two lab sciences from the natural science area for a total of eight credit hours.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice

Students do not have to meet a language requirement, but must take 16 hours of specific lower-level natural science courses.

Note: Students wishing to more deeply investigate working in forensic criminal justice areas should major in an appropriate science area and minor in criminal justice or another science area.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice

This online program is designed for students interested in pursuing deeper knowledge of U.S. criminal justice policies and practices beyond the baccalaureate level.


Criminal Justice Courses

Read course descriptions of criminal justice classes you will be enrolled in: