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Degree Specialization inCRIMINOLOGY

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Understand criminal behavior, the effects it has on its victims and society, and how you can help prevent it.

Do you like following crimes in the news? If so, a specialization or certificate of completion in criminology may interest you and help further your career. In this program, you will learn the functions of the legal system, and understand criminal conduct in an effort to increase public safety and crime prevention.

If you are pursuing a career in public safety, law, social welfare offices or other social programs that specifically deal with public safety and human welfare, a specialization or certificate of completion in criminology may give you a competitive advantage when it comes to prospective employers.

This program consists of five upper-division online criminology courses for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • CRJ320: Juvenile Justice

    This course begins with the history of adolescence, delinquency, and the U.S. juvenile justice system. Students examine theories on the causes of delinquency and study police, courts, corrections, and rule of law as applied to youth in order to recognize the problems and issues associated with measuring juvenile crime and victimization.

  • CRJ340: Restorative and Community Based Justice

    In this course, students are introduced to the origins, theories, controversies, and practices, both past and present, of restorative and transformative justice as alternative responses to resolve conflicts. Course material also interrogates the question: “when is it appropriate to forgive rather than to punish?” and examines how restorative justice is employed and practiced to address crime, school discipline, and other types of conflict around the world.

  • CRJ470: Race, Class, and Crime

    This class examines the many ways in which race, social class, and crime influence the justice system, the occurrence of crime, and punishment. The course interrogates the question: “Does skin color influence justice in America?” Students learn race and class as social constructs and explore them in relationship to crime rates, their impact on society and communities through incarceration, sentencing policies, as well as the economic and political systems.

  • PBS430: Fundamentals of Penology

    This course is an overview of the establishment and function of jails and prisons and the punishment of criminals. Issues covered include philosophies of punishment and rehabilitation, sentencing, special prison populations, recidivism, and future challenges for the field of corrections. Students learn implications resulting from penology and punishment.

  • PBS431: Victimology

    This course examines the definitions, theories, and cause of victimology. Students learn about the criminal and civil process as it relates to victims, the social, personal, and economic impacts of crime on individuals, organizations, and society. Students who take PBS431 will not be able to apply this toward any program requiring CRJ431.

You have two options for completing your online criminology program:

#1 - Certificate of Completion or #2 Specialization


A Non-Degree Certificate of Completion

Quickly enhance your resume by gaining knowledge and skills in a specific area that meets your career goals.

If you decide you’re interested in earning your full degree at a later date, the credits you earned in your Certificate of Completion program may count towards your degree!

Call us and learn more about getting started as a non-degree seeking student.


A Specialization in Your Bachelor’s Degree

Add an area of focus to your degree that can help you stand out to future employers.


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