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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice provides you with sound knowledge in the areas of U.S. law enforcement, criminology, investigations, law, and community relations. A wide range of course offerings enable you to focus on juvenile issues, causes of crime and criminal behavior, corrections and incarceration, investigative procedures and techniques, leadership, maritime law, or forensics. This bachelor’s degree will enhance your professional career path if you are currently in the criminal justice field, or can help to prepare you for a new career as a criminologist, agent, or investigator in federal, state or local law enforcement, judicial, and other organizations.

Our criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interactions and an expanded network of criminal justice professionals who are dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation. Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or criminal justice organizations.

Note: for a more in-depth study in forensics, consider our Criminal Justice B.S. degree.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Recognize and explain the major international, U.S., and localized law enforcement systems and organization.
  • Describe and analyze the political and public administrative aspects of law enforcement organizations.
  • Communicate and apply the major theories and concepts of crime, criminal justice, and criminology.
  • Conduct research associated with criminal justice and criminology theories.
  • Assess the operations, practices, and processes associated with leading standards of evidence and law.

View learning outcomes assessment results.

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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General

This general concentration allows you to select from dozens of different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

EDMG230

Emergency and Disaster Incident Command

CMRJ100

Introduction to Law Enforcement

CMRJ201

Criminal Justice Administration

CMRJ202

Stress Management in Law Enforcement

CMRJ203

Patrol Methodologies & Community Policing

CMRJ205

Rape and Sexual Violence

CMRJ206

Juvenile Delinquency

CMRJ317

Probation and Parole

CMRJ320

Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications

CMRJ322

Crime and the Family

CMRJ324

The History of Organized Crime

CMRJ329

Criminal Profiling

CMRJ335

Crime Analysis

CMRJ341

Criminalistics

CMRJ402

The Pathology of Death Investigations

INTL411

International Criminal Organizations

INTL431

Criminal Intelligence Analysis

ANTH203

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

CMRJ101

Evidence and Procedures

COMM240

Intercultural Communication

COMM285

Interpersonal Communications

SCMT319

Global Terrorism

SCMT370

Principles and Theory of Security Issues

LSTD204

Introduction to the Courts

LSTD453

Evidence

SSGS490

Independent Study

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Maritime Law Enforcement

Analyzes policy and operational strategies used to ensure the security of border and coastal access including defensive measures to protect ports from disruption. Explores laws and doctrines governing navigation and shipping, as well as the law of the sea. Looks at chemical, biological, and radiological classification and response to incidents involving hazardous materials.

INTL451

Terrorism and U.S. National Security

EDMG240

Chemistry of Hazardous Materials

HLSS311

Border and Coastal Security

HLSS312

Port Security

LSTD401

Maritime Law

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Organizational Law Enforcement Leadership

Provides a solid foundation in the leadership process and its benefits to law enforcement, including identifying one’s personal style, judging the value of diversity in leadership roles, and making socially responsible decisions. Topics include gender roles in leadership, conflict resolution, human resource innovation in the workplace, budgeting, and managing an organization during a paradigm shift.

FINC405

Budget Development and Execution

HRMT407

Human Resource Management

HRMT411

Dispute Resolution

MGMT312

Leadership & Motivation

MGMT313

Organizational Change

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Entrepreneurship

Brings the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the entrepreneur or small business owner to the study of Criminal Justice. Examines key concepts and principles of the successful small business owner including leadership practices, idea feasibility, funding, and customer service. 

ENTR150

Idea Generation

ENTR340

Small Business Customer Service

ENTR315

Financing a New Venture

ENTR312

Social Entrepreneurship

ENTR200

Leadership in Small Business Ventures

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour:

$270 through 12/31/2019
$250 with military grant*

$285 effective 1/1/2020
$250 with military grant**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $250 per credit hour .

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap) . See all military student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 per academic semester* if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.