BA in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Criminal Justice prepares law enforcement officials and adult learners for career change, advancement or graduate education.

Students in the BA in Criminal Justice program focus on the interdisciplinary study of crime and the functioning of the criminal justice system, and develop critical analytical skills, and knowledge of the research findings and methods used in the field.  In addition, students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in criminal justice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Verbally communicate in a clear professional manner and produce reports and policy papers that are organized, focused and make sound critical arguments
  • Display logical and critical evaluation and analysis of social and criminal justice research literature as well as prevailing criminal justice theories and policies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic criminal justice process, its structure and the context of the interrelationships between each component of the criminal justice system
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal aspects of policing in the United States including the concepts of due process, equal protection and the rules of criminal procedure

BA in Criminal Justice Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
C. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Criminal Justice 33
A. Required Courses 15
  • Justice Administration
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Public Policy and Criminal Justice
    Select one of the following courses:
    • Public Policy, Crime and Criminal Justice
    • Any social policy course
  • Criminal Law
    Select one of the following courses:
    • Constitutional Issues
    • Criminal Law related courses
  • Criminal Behavior and Victimology
    Select one of the following courses:
    • Victimology and Criminal Behavior
    • Any Criminal Behavior course
    • Any Victimology course
  • Research Methods
    Select one of the following courses:
    • Research Methods in Social Sciences
    • Criminal Justice Research Methods
    B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Criminal Justice Electives*
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Gangs
  • White Collar Crime
  • Forensic Science
  • Terrorism
  • Critical Thinking for Homeland Security
  • Counterterrorism
  • Homeland Security: Preparedness, Prevention, and Deterrence
  • Protecting the Homeland: Response and Deterrence
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120

*This list is a guide. Other criminal justice courses may be appropriate for this area of study.


Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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