Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
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Secure your degree in criminal justice
The Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice online degree program provides in-depth insight into the many facets of criminal justice, including law, psychology, community relations, corrections, and investigation. To maintain a relevant curriculum, UW-Platteville consults an advisory board of members from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Justice (ATF), in addition to currently serving police chiefs.
A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can lead to career opportunities in law enforcement, prosecution and defense, courts, and corrections. You may work in the public sector for a federal or state agency, such as the F.B.I., the state justice department, or a crime laboratory. Graduates have also gone on to work in the private sector in security or investigation.
Your success is at the core of the Criminal Justice curriculum
In addition to the knowledge you’ll gain through the General Education requirements, you’ll benefit from core criminal justice courses such as:
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- The Police Function
- Correctional Philosophy
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Justice Seminar
As a student of the program, you will also examine research methods in criminal justice and study theory in either juvenile justice or patterns of criminal justice and delinquent behavior. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a selection of specialized electives, including:
- Criminal Investigation
- Police Administration
- Police-Community Relations
- Community-Based Corrections, and
- Criminal Procedures and Evidence
Make your degree your own
Round out your bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in Business Administration. Students who want to earn a minor in business administration along with their online criminal justice degree must complete four required courses and four business administration electives.
Graduates of the criminal justice degree program are required to complete a portfolio in order to enhance community involvement while developing a better understanding of the criminal justice system. The portfolio includes:
- Professional presentations: Attend eight professional presentations such as a conference or a community meeting where a criminal justice issue is discussed.
- Observation hours: Observe a criminal justice profession acting in his/her professional capacity for at least 12 hours. Students are encouraged to observe at least two different agencies.
- Community service/volunteerism: Pursue 16 hours of community service or volunteer work at a nonprofit organization. The hours can be completed with entities like Salvation Army, Special Olympics, and American Cancer Society, or through a church or community group.
- Interview a criminal justice professional: Interview at least one criminal justice professional or professional in a closely related field.
- Self-reflection: Write a one-page summary of your goals and career aspirations.
- Resume: Develop or submit a resume.
Flexibility, credibility set UW-Platteville Online apart
- 100% online courses
- Take up to seven years to complete your degree
- Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
- A "Best Buy" degree program
- Opportunity to transfer credits
- Part of a brick-and-mortar campus
- Semester-based courses are extremely flexible to fit your schedule
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