ONLINE bscja DEGREE
ONLINE bscj DEGREE
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Register by: Apr 5, 2023
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You’ll need 120 credits to complete this Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits or credits earned through the University’s Prior Learning Assessment.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in a criminal justice environment.
These courses lay the foundation for all our degree programs. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in criminal justice — they’re useful in daily life.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in, whether they’re related to your degree or not. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.
Select from a variety of courses that help lay the foundation for your degree program. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in the professional world — they’re useful in daily life.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Each course shows which in-demand skills are covered — so you know when you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills employers want.Learn more about skills-based learning
This course provides an overview of the key components, theoretical foundations, and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice. The course examines the application of historical and philosophical considerations between the components of the criminal justice system.
This course explores the ethical standards and codes of professional responsibility in criminal justice professions. It also provides a foundational perspective for ethics in relationship to professional organizations and agencies. Students will examine the interrelated nature of ethics, morality, legal responsibility, and social issues in criminal justice settings.
This course offers an inclusive, critical, and balanced examination of the American criminal justice system with respect to major aspects of multiculturalism and societal diversity. Students will examine policies, procedures, and issues of diversity prevalent in criminal justice administration.
This course examines fundamental theories on the causes of criminal behavior, determinations on the extent of criminality in society, associated policy implications and the application of criminological theories in the criminal justice system. This course also explores traditional victimology, special victims and responses to victimization including civil and criminal processes and the correlation of victimology and criminology.
This course in organizational behavior encompasses the study of individual and group behavior as they apply to criminal justice organizations. Organizational behavior management challenges individuals to understand organizational structure and systems, leadership, effective communication, and change management in our rapidly changing society.
This course explores the relationships across all levels of government regarding effective emergency management. Students examine the required planning, response, recovery, and mitigation components that government agencies must consider. Network management theories, interorganizational communication, and potential collaboration models are discussed.
This course examines introductory statistical techniques common to the criminal justice system including descriptive and inferential statistics, correlation, and factor analysis. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the application and limitations of specific statistical tests. Students also analyze the use of statistics in research published by criminal justice researchers.
This course explores public sector revenue sources, allocation of funds, governance, public stewardship, responsible economic policies, debt, and the requirement for accurate and complete reporting. Various budgetary approaches used in federal, state, and local agencies are analyzed.
This course examines the process to secure funding for criminal justice initiatives and problem-solving through the identification of potential funding agencies, communicating within the grant process, and the creation of a well-aligned grant proposal.
This course explores the concepts designed to promote solutions that assist criminal justice professionals when dealing with individuals affected by mental health issues and developmental disabilities. Students will evaluate the concepts and administration of crisis intervention and mental health services, and their practical applications in the field. Students will create strategies for providing services to varied populations in the criminal justice system.
This course explores strategies and alternative solutions used to develop, implement, and evaluate criminal justice policies and programs. Students analyze the operations of criminal justice programs against established standards in order to determine program improvement.
This course will examine the impact of current and future advancements that interface with the criminal justice system. Discussions will focus upon established research and predictive techniques in policing, courts, and corrections. Students will gain the requisite knowledge to advance the profession as positive change-agents, through the extrapolation of future themes within the ever-evolving criminal justice field.
This course examines problem-solving approaches to criminal justice issues through root cause analyses, application of problem-solving methodologies, and assessment of the effectiveness of the criminal justice responses to contemporary issues.
This capstone course is designed for students to integrate their acquired knowledge of theory into practical applications. Students will demonstrate ethical decision-making, research, public policy and administration as it applies to communities and the criminal justice field.
This course transitions students through the foundations of study at University of Phoenix. Students develop personal strategies for achieving educational goals and develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
The course introduces theories and concepts in psychology that will foster academic success and provide students with opportunities to synthesize and apply that knowledge.
This course develops the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and life success.
Students learn how to think critically, focusing on developing the necessary tools and skills to analyze problems, make decisions, and formulate well-supported points of view on key academic, social, and professional issues.
This course introduces students to thinking about and working with numbers by examining the day-to-day and societal importance of money.
This course extends practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking. Emphasis is given to developing an effective writing process that takes into account audience and rhetorical purpose.
This course provides an overview of the key components of comprehensive wellness. Based on a preventive model, the course will allow learners to explore choices that promote wellness with goals of living longer and better.
This course will introduce students to the scientific principles that are required to identify environmental phenomenon. Students will explore the composition and processes of Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere to examine environmental impact and mitigation of environmental risk.
The course provides an introduction to the most prominent forms of media that influence and impact social, business, political, and popular culture in contemporary America. It explores the unique aspects of each medium as well as interactions across various media that combine to create rich environments for information sharing, entertainment, business, and social interaction in the United States and around the world.
This course provides an applied approach to team building, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Students must understand and apply these concepts within academic and professional settings. Students develop structures, processes, and strategies to create and maintain effective teams. Gender, cultural, and individual considerations in team dynamics are also explored.
Students apply advanced quantitative reasoning skills to solve real-world problems. This course emphasizes modeling skills, statistical methods, and probability to create, analyze, and communicate solutions.
This applications-driven course prepares students to critically analyze and solve problems using quantitative reasoning. Students approach real-world scenarios using numerous reasoning skills and mathematical literacy to draw conclusions.
This course is an introduction to the set of perspectives on human life that allows us to understand how our personal lives are affected by our place in society. It explores ways of looking at the world that allow us to understand how the events and experiences of our lives are part of group dynamics, of social institutions, and of cultural meanings. It allows us to see personal events and meanings as affected by historical forces and to see how historical events may be shaped by personal choices.
This course will examine the basic principles of chemistry conceptually and specifically. The course will apply chemical concepts to address relevant issues ranging from atomic structure and chemical reactions to organic and biological chemistry. The course topics include matter and energy, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear, organic, and biological chemistry. Students will apply these concepts using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through a virtual laboratory.
This course provides an overview of the mechanics of American English grammar as it applies to academic reading and writing.
This course introduces students to the constitutional foundations and governing institutions of the federal government. Throughout the course, students address common political themes, such as the nature and scope of governance, democracy, and patterns of political behavior.
This course is designed to educate students about issues of race, ethnicity, gender, disability and other diversity issues in the United States.
This course provides students with an introduction to the organization, administration, and functions of American state and local governments. The relationship between state and federal governments is also analyzed.
Students in this course will explore the implications of ethnicity, culture, and diversity within the context of society. Students will be introduced to racial and ethnic relations, prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination, and adaptation and conflict in diverse cultures.
This course overviews the foundations of psychology as the field applies to everyday life. The physical and mental aspects of psychology are traced through lifespan development with emphasis on psychological health and wellness. Further study focuses on personality; thinking, learning and memory; motivation and emotions; and gender and sexuality. Based in various historical traditions, the course is set in the context of contemporary psychological principles.
This course focuses on a historical view of human development leading to the current life span approach to form an understanding of the developing individual, and it explores influences on human development, ranging from individual models to cross-cultural groups. Emphasis is given to personality, social, intellectual, and physical development, and the major theories used to describe how people change throughout their life span.
This course is an introductory overview of the organization and jurisdictions of local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial and corrections agencies, and processes involved in the criminal justice systems. It examines the historical aspects of the police, the courts, and the correctional system, as well as the philosophy. Additionally, career opportunities and qualifying requirements, terminology, and constitutional limitations of the system will be covered.
This course offers a survey of the major historical developments, structural cosmology, symbolic interpretation, and values of the Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Shinto traditions.
This course provides a survey of the major historical developments, structural cosmology, symbolic interpretation, and values of the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic religious traditions.
This course is a general introduction to the field of juvenile justice, including an overview of the juvenile justice system and the differences between dependency and delinquency. Students address current problems facing juveniles, and compare adult and juvenile justice systems. Special attention is given to the problems inherent in the police handling of juveniles, the function of juvenile courts, sentencing, and future juvenile justice system issues.
This course provides a foundational perspective for ethics and social responsibility in relationship to individuals, organizations, and the community. Emphasis is placed on the interrelated nature of ethics, morality, legal responsibility, and social issues.
Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a BS in Criminal Justice Administration.
If you are located in Phoenix, this program may be offered as Blended. This means you’ll start at the Phoenix campus to complete your general education courses, and then transition to online learning for your core program courses.
When you earn your on-campus or online BS in Criminal Justice Administration you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.
You'll learn how to:
The University’s Criminal Justice programs are educational degree programs. For those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal, tribal or international agency, there are numerous additional qualifications (and often disqualifications), depending on the position. Before enrolling in a Criminal Justice program, potential students are highly encouraged to check with the relevant agency for a complete list of position requirements. The University makes no representations regarding whether any particular University program will qualify a graduate for any such position.
A BSCJA can prepare you to be a:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for police and detectives is projected to be slower than average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.
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Earn your degree without starting from scratch. Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit. If you have military or law enforcement training, such as Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Basic Corrections Academy training or Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy training, you can apply to have that experience evaluated for up to 30 credits.
Your prior credits can cover up to 75% of your bachelor’s degree to help you graduate in as little as a year.
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