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 public service requirement (9 credit hours)

The College of Public Service and Community Solutions has a college-level graduation requirement for all undergraduate students majoring within the college. This degree requirement is called the interdisciplinary public service requirement. Each student must complete course work from other schools within the college. Students may choose a core course from their major and three courses from the approved course list for this requirement in addition to completing ASU 101-CPP. ASU 101-CPP must be completed in the first year at ASU; the other courses can be taken while completing the degree. The approved course list for each catalog year is available on the major map. Questions about this requirement should be directed to the academic advisor for the major.

  • To meet the requirement, students must take three courses from at least two different Schools within the College that appear on this list of approved courses: related-course-areas.pdf.

university undergraduate general studies requirement (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

major map

For a detailed summary of all of the degree requirements that includes a map sequencing the major by semester, visit the major map for the on-campus B.S. degree in criminology and criminal justice.

a reminder

All colleges, schools, divisions, and departments establish certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. Advisors, directors, department chairs, and deans are available to help the student understand these requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of a student's course of study, if requirements for graduation have not been satisfied, the degree is not granted. For this reason, it is important for all students to acquaint themselves with all regulations, to be informed throughout their college careers, and to be responsible for completing all requirements.

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.