The 30 Best Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Programs

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14.Florida International University – Department of Criminal Justice

(University Park, Florida)

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

A member of the State University System of Florida, Florida International University (FIU) provides students with 191 programs of study. With a total enrollment of around 54,000 students, FIU is one of the largest schools in the country. The university first opened its doors in 1965.

Through FIU online, the school offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The program provides students a foundation in key crime and justice topics. The program gives students support; each student has his or her own “success coach” to help guide them through the program and into their careers.

Students can take all 120 credits required to complete the Bachelor in Criminal Justice degree online. The core criminal justice classes:

  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  • Criminal Justice and the Constitution
  • Criminological Theory
  • Global Terrorism
  • Measurement and Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • The Criminal Justice System

The program prepares students for careers in a variety of government agencies, including local police departments, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Marshals. The program also prepares students for law school.

Florida International University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

15.Lamar University – Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice Department

(Beaumont, Texas)

Lamar University

Lamar University (LU), a public research university and part of that joined the Texas State University system, offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university has an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students.

The university designed the 120-credit online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program to help law enforcement professionals quickly complete their degree through providing accelerated courses and Police Training Academy credit (TCOLE Credit) for academic credit. The university reports graduates of the program have future career paths including national security, law enforcement administration, forensics, and law.

All students have access to multiple internship opportunities which provide hands-on, real-world experience.

Some of the courses required in the online Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Court Systems and Practice
  • Correction Systems and Practices
  • Police Systems and Practices
  • Crime and Criminals
  • Ethical Issues
  • Responses to Crime

Lamar University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

16.University of Massachusetts Lowell – School of Criminology and Justice Studies

(Lowell, Massachusetts)

University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts Lowell, or UMass Lowell, an urban public research university, is part of the University of Massachusetts system. Established in 1894, Umass Lowell has about 18,000 students. The university has 122 bachelor, 43 master, and 36 doctoral degree programs.

The 100-percent online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program provides students with a comprehensive liberal arts education in addition to intensive courses in criminal justice.

Students enrolled in UMass Lowell’s online Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree program can take the following courses:

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Homeland Security
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Technology and the Criminal Justice System
  • Emergency Management
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Security Management

UMass Lowell’s program allows Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree students to also complete a master’s degree at an accelerated pace. Students can take two graduate classes that count toward the 120 credit hours required for the bachelor degree as well as the 22 credit hours needed to earn a master’s degree.

UMass Lowell is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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