Kaplan University offers the Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Program to individuals seeking to acquire a foundational knowledge of the criminal justice field. The program curriculum can be designed to focus on Emphasis Areas such as Computer Science, Crime Scene Investigation, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Forensic Psychology, and Juvenile Justice. It is especially suitable for associate or bachelor degree holders from other fields.
Students will learn about the philosophy and development of the US Criminal Justice System, the applied research methods and techniques utilized in the field, the development of criminal law, elements and types of criminal offenses, and the principles of criminal culpability. Graduates are presented opportunities in entry-level positions in the field such as police officer, corrections officer, probation officer, crime scene investigator, computer forensic specialist, homeland security professional, juvenile case manager, or security guard. They can also pursue further studies through a master’s degree program.
Required Major Courses include Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Criminology I; Criminal Investigation; Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems; Criminal Procedure; Criminal Law for Criminal Justice; Applied Criminal Justice Ethics; Research Methods in Criminal Justice, 300/400 Level Major Electives; Bachelor’s Capstone in Criminal Justice; Eight Skills of the Effective Criminal Justice Student or Pathways to Academic Success; one (1) of the designated 200/300 Level Courses; and one (1) of the designated 300/400 Level Courses. Tuition cost is $ 425.00 per credit for an estimated total program cost of $ 38,250.00. Qualified students can avail of federal grants, scholarships, or tuition discounts. Kaplan University is duly accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.