Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Whether you are looking to move into a new position, or you just want the satisfaction of completing your degree, etc. An online Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice can help you achieve your goals!

Next program start date

  • July 2, 2018
  • August 27, 2018
  • October 22, 2018

Why earn a Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree at McMurry University?

McMurry offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice to adult learners who see degree completion as a foundation for career advancement and personal satisfaction. This undergraduate program offers the convenience and flexibility of studying online, and a community of students and instructors who share a common goal: improving society through law enforcement at the national, state, and local levels.

Format and Requirements

McMurry University’s online Criminal Justice program gives you the flexibility and opportunity to complete your studies anytime, anywhere.

Program Format:

New students are accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Program every 8 weeks. Each semester is divided into two eight-week terms. Students seeking full-time status will take two classes each term for a total of four classes a semester. Students who enroll full time for all three semesters may earn up to 36 hours of credit toward their degree each academic year.

Transfer credit:

There are multiple ways to transfer credit to McMurry University. Courses eligible for transfer credit are those courses generally considered to be academic in nature; taken for college credit (not remedial or taken specifically for athletic participation) with a grade of at least C; and from a regionally accredited institution. Course credit can also be awarded through examination, such as CLEP or departmental examinations.

Your academic advisor will be able to review the results of your transcript evaluation with you.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

Major Required Courses: 33 Credit Hours

  • CRJS 1311 Principles of Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 2311 Criminal Procedure I
  • CRJS 2321 Criminal Procedure II
  • CRJS 2361 Diversity in Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 3341 Juvenile Justice
  • CRJS 3361 Victimology
  • CRJS 3381 False Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 4321 Comparative Justice
  • CRJS 4341 Serial Killers
  • CRJS 4361 Elite Crime
  • CRJS 4391 Ethics in Criminal Justice

Crisis Management Concentration: 12 Credit Hours

  • CRJS 1313 Crisis Management
  • CRJS 3333 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • CRJS 3343 Management of Terrorist Incidents
  • CRJS 4353 Homeland Security Law and Public Policy 12

Law Enforcement Concentration: 12 Credit Hours

  • CRJS 1322 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • CRJS 2332 Community Policing
  • CRJS 3342 Principles of Corrections
  • CRJS 4352 Police Administration

Supporting Course: ACAD 1199 Orientation to Online Learning

Criminal Justice Elective Courses: 12 Credit Hours

  • Select 12 hours of CRJS courses–6 of the hours must be advanced

General Education Requirements: 39 Credit Hours

  • ARTS 1300 Exploring the Visual Arts
  • BIOL 1401 Principles of Biology
  • COMM 1310 Principles of Communication
  • ENGL 1310 English Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 1320 English Composition and Literature
  • ENGL 2330 Masterpieces of World Literature
  • HFIT 1200 Fitness for Living Modified
  • MATH 1315 Contemporary Mathematics
  • PSYC 1340 General Psychology
  • RELI 2330 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RELI 2350 Religions of the World
  • SOCI 1310 Introduction to Sociology
  • SRLD1300 Introduction to Ethics

Additional Elective Hours Required: 7-15 Credit Hours

7-15 elective hours will be needed to reach the necessary 120 hours for graduation. The number of elective hours varies depending on foreign language hours needed and transfer courses. TCOLE Certification hours are awarded in this section.

Total Hours to Earn a Degree: 120

Final acceptance of transfer courses, course equivalency, and credits awarded toward a degree at McMurry is subject to the approval of the Registrar.

Language requirement: Students who graduated from high school without two years of study in a single foreign language may be required to take 8 hours of a single foreign language. Students who graduated more than 10 years ago are exempted from this requirement.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities in the Criminal Justice field are vast and include local, state, federal, and international opportunities.

McMurry University online bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice prepares you for a wide variety of opportunities in the exciting and vital field of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice Career Opportunities Includes:

  1. CIA Agent – The primary role of the Central Intelligence Agency is to collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence to help members of the US government make decisions related to national security. CIA Agents may perform a wide variety of roles in a number of specialties, including working overseas recruiting foreign agents, intelligence analysis, or security.
  2. Computer Forensics Investigator – Computer forensics investigators uncover and describe the information contained on computer systems, hard drives, CDs, and electronic documents like emails and JPEG images. They can work in the government sector, or with accounting firms, law firms, banks, or software development companies.
  3. Correctional Officer – Correctional officers work primarily in jails and prisons, supervising and assisting those convicted of crimes. In recent years, their focus has shifted from “guarding” prisoners to rehabilitation through treatment programs while incarcerated.
  4. Crime Scene Investigator – Crime scene investigators are responsible for identifying, gathering and analyzing evidence from crime scenes. They may process crime scenes for evidence, to include photographing, packaging, labeling and transporting evidence, documenting autopsies, briefing investigators, writing reports, and testifying in court.
  5. FBI Agent – The Federal Bureau of Investigation represents a wide range of roles and specialties, including training, fingerprinting, lab services, and public affairs; they may serve as supervisors or managers. Special agents are always on call to protect their country and may be transferred at any time based on the needs of the FBI.
  6. Fish and Game Warden – Fish and game wardens are law-enforcement officers who patrol lakes, rivers, beaches, wetlands, deserts, and even metropolitan areas. They may engage in undercover operations alone or on a team. Many conservation officers study wildlife or fisheries problems or investigate areas where illegal hunting has been reported.
  7. Forensic Science Technician –Forensic science technicians work in labs, government agencies, hospitals, courtrooms, and other places where the ability to reconstruct events based on scientific clues such as hair samples, broken material, and fingerprints are needed.
  8. Police Officer – A police officer’s primary role is to maintain public order. Specific duties vary, and an officer may be assigned to a fraud, murder, drug-trafficking, or rape unit. Each unit has a specific goal, and the officers within the unit are trained solely for that objective. They may handle any or all law enforcement tasks, from simple traffic infractions to child protection or murder cases.
  9. Private Detective – A private investigator is hired by individuals or groups to undertake investigatory law services. Private detectives may work for attorneys in civil and criminal cases, or take on cases in the private realm that do not involve a criminal aspect, to include background checks, information related to divorce cases, and worker’s compensation claims.
  10. Probation Officer – Probation officers monitor parolees released from the corrections system to ensure that they abide by the terms of their probation while helping parolees adjust to life after release using specialized treatment techniques. A probation officer is typically assigned a caseload of parolees with whom they interact at the parolees’ homes and places of work, as well as at the office.
  11. State Trooper – State troopers prevent disturbances and riots, relaying evidence to detectives and preparing testimony for court appearances. They may also document evidence, conduct interviews, and take appropriate photographs of crime scenes for ongoing criminal investigations. They issue traffic citations and tickets and work with emergency services at the scenes of accidents.
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