Criminal Justice, B.A.

NLU’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree is designed for those wishing to enter the field of criminal justice or advance within it. The program, along with the fulfillment of additional federal, state, county or municipal requirements, prepares graduates to serve in law enforcement, courts or corrections systems, or to work in related private industries. The coursework offers a thorough overview of criminal justice and allows students to select a major in either criminal justice administration or forensic social justice. The program is conveniently offered in both online only and face-to-face formats.

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 60 QH of General Education, for completion 
  • Requires a minimum grade of “C” in Core and major courses
  • Credit by examination, portfolio and proficiency are accepted for general education and elective credit 
  • Requires ECT – English Competency Test OR completing LAE 101 and LAE 102 at NLU with a grade of “C” or better
  • Students must select a major in either Criminal Justice Administration OR Forensic Social Justice

Required Courses

Communications

LAE 101English Composition I

5

or

LAE 120Essentials of Composition

5

LAE 102English Composition II

5

LAE 125Fundamentals of Research Writing

5

LAT 210Effective Speaking

5

Note: An additional Humanities course may be substituted for LAT 210.

Humanities

LAH 120Logic and Effective Thinking

5

Note: Other Humanities courses may be accepted.

Fine Arts

One Fine Arts course

Quantitative Reasoning

LAM 115Quantitative Methodsin Criminal Justice

5

Note: Other college-level Mathematics courses may be accepted.

Physical and Life Sciences

CSJ 235Introduction to Forensic Science

5

Note: Other college-level Science courses may be accepted.

Social Sciences

LAS 120Introduction to American Politics

5

and

Two additional Social Science courses

Behavioral Science

LAP 100General Psychology

5

LAP 315Lifespan Development

5

Note: Other Psychology courses may be accepted in lieu of LAP 315.

Core Courses - 60 QH

CSJ 106Law Enforcement

5

CSJ 107Criminal Justice System

5

CSJ 205Criminology

5

CSJ 206Criminal Law and Procedure

5

CSJ 207Punishment, Prisons and Corrections

5

CSJ 208Courts and Criminal Justice

5

CSJ 209Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice

5

CSJ 215Juvenile Justice Systems

5

CSJ 352Research Methods in Criminal Justice

5

CSJ 353Criminal Investigations

5

CSJ 354Sociology of Deviant Behavior for Criminal Justice Professionals

5

CSJ 355Ethics, Diversity, and Professionalism in Criminal Justice

5

Criminal Justice Administration Major - 30 QH

Choose 30 QH from the courses below or other criminal justice related courses under advisement:

CSJ 210Community Policing

5

CSJ 211Police Organization

5

CSJ 356Criminal Justice Administration

5

CSJ 357Probation and Parole

5

CSJ 465Human Resources Development in Criminal Justice

5

CSJ 466Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

5

Forensic Social Justice Major - 30 QH

Choose 30 QH from the courses below or other courses under advisement:

HSC 202Theory and Techniques of Crisis Intervention

5

HSM 406Human Services and the Law

5

HSM 407Violence and Aggression in the Family

5

HSM 417Child Abuse and Neglect

5

LAP 306Theories of Personality

5

LAP 307Abnormal Psychology

5

Electives - 30 QH

Choose 30 QH of elective courses