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Brad Brezinski, BSAST
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Vito DiMicco, MSM
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Vietthi Nguyen, BSAST
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Aaron Bonniwell, BSAST
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Brandon Starnes, BSAST
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Mandy Starnes, MSN
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Jacob Klemm, BS
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Jessica Galati

Jessica Galati, BA
"I received my degree completely online…the mentors have been very helpful and the interaction with classmates has been really good..."
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Jeremy Wasson, BSAST
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Tiffany Wasson, AAS
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Tabitha Miller, BSAST
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Bill Benson, BSAST
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Jason Didomenico, BA
"I liked the curriculum and I liked that this school is regionally accredited versus nationally."
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Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice prepares Coast Guard members with the skills needed for professional growth within the Coast Guard or for a civilian career once active duty service has ended. Students focus on the interdisciplinary study of crime and the functioning of the criminal justice system while developing 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.

Learn how Coast Guard and Maritime Law Enforcement Academy training can be applied as credit toward this degree.

The program is available completely online and complements the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Science in Management degree programs at Thomas Edison State College.

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
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.

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