criminology & criminal justice, B.S.

about the program

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice is offered in person or online. This program introduces students to the fundamental foundations in criminal justice and criminology by preparing students to think critically, contribute to society and enhance public safety. Opportunities for graduates include: working at the local, state or federal level as a practitioner or continuing their studies in graduate programs in criminal justice, criminology, law or related fields.

benefits of the program

  • Nationally ranked program
  • Accessible urban location
  • 7.5 and 15 week course format options
  • Day, evening and online course options
  • Internship opportunities 
  • Study abroad and student organization opportunities 

degree requirements

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is an 120 credit hour program. To earn this degree, all students must successfully complete the following courses:

core classes (21 credit hours)

  • CRJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 201: Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices
  • CRJ 225: Introduction to Criminology
  • CRJ 302: Research Methods
  • CRJ 303: Statistical Analysis
  • CRJ 305: Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice  or CRJ 306: Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 308: Advanced Criminological Theory 

major elective courses (24 credit hours)

  • 200 level or higher CRJ electives (6 credit hours)
  • 300 level or higher CRJ electives (9 credit hours)
  • 400 level CRJ electives (9 credit hours)

**important note: 18 hours of upper division criminal justice courses are required

College interdisciplinary requirement:

  • Students can choose courses from any of the three Interdisciplinary areas/track groups. 
  • To meet the requirement, students must take three courses from at least two different groups.

related area (9 credit hours)

general education courses (35 credit hour minimum)

remaining hours needed to reach 120 credits

  • general elective courses
  • courses toward minor or certificate
  • courses toward CRJ internship
  • area of interest courses

future employment

There is rapid growth and expansion in criminal justice-related occupational fields. Graduates of the nationally-recognized School of Criminology and Criminal Justice find employment opportunities in law enforcement, probation, parole, corrections, private security, court personnel, legal offices, and victim advocate agencies.

Students can explore career opportunities through internship placements at more than 200 organizations including the FBI, the Maricopa County Juvenile Court, the Arizona Attorney General's Office, and the Arizona Department of Corrections.