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

(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
Courses Hours
Criminal Justice 1301, 1306, 1310, 2313, 2328 15
Criminal Justice 3302, 3305, 4354 9

Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice (advanced)

Other Requirements
Courses Hours
Biology, Geography, or Geology
Biology 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 2423, 2424,
Geography 1301/1101,
Geology 1403, 1404
Chemistry, Physical Science, or Physics
Chemistry 1405, 1411,
Physical Science 1315/1115, 1317/1117,
Physics 1303/1103, 1304/1104

Communication 1315

Creative Arts:
Arts 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304,
Honors 2302,
Music 1306, 1310, 1313,
Theatre 1310

Cultural Competence 2323


English 1301, 1302


General Studies 1181

History 1301, 1302 6
Mathematics 1332, 1342 3
Political Science 2305, 2306 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Agricultural Economics 2317,
Economics 1300, 2301, 2302,
Geography 2305,
Psychology 2301, 2315,
Sociology 1301, 1306
Courses Hours
Choose 18 hours of courses from a single area minor or a multiple area minor. Minor (at least 12 hours must be advanced*) 18
Courses Hours
Electives (at least 6 hours must be advanced) 10

*If a student chooses a minor that does not allow at least 12 hours of advanced course, this degree may exceed 120 semester credit hours.