The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is designed for anyone seeking a career in the legal system or looking to pursue an advanced degree in criminal justice or justice administration.
Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville, the criminal justice online bachelor’s degree prepares you with working knowledge of the entire criminal justice process (adult and juvenile) and the issues surrounding each portion of the process. You will learn to be an agile professional in this ever-evolving field by developing your knowledge of current criminology theories, ethical and moral considerations, emerging policies as well as effective communications strategies.
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UofL's CJ faculty received research grants from agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. State Department.
"Our goal is to provide students with a safe and quality learning experience. In the process, we hope to prepare them with the means to open the doors of opportunity-- enhancing their personal and professional lives—and empower them to be a catalyst in creating a more just society."
The expertise you’ll develop as a student in the criminal justice bachelor’s program will develop your understanding of law and evidence, criminal procedure, criminal behavior, history, ethics and more. Specific expertise gained from the program will include:
Careers available to B.S. in Criminal Justice graduates can be found in the following categories:
The 2019-2029 occupational outlook for police officers and detectives is expected to grow 5% nationwide, which is faster than the average national occupation growth rate and have a median annual salary of $67,290 (bls.gov). The occupational outlook for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists within the same timeframe is expected to grow 4% nationwide, which is as fast as the national average and has a median annual salary of $55,690 (bls.gov).
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Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.
Students may transfer up to 60 hours from a community college and up to 90 hours from an accredited 4-year college. Transfer applicants must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing. Complete the credit transfer pre-evaluation to get an idea of how many credits you'll be able to transfer in toward your UofL bachelor's degree, and visit our General Transfer Student page for more details.
Are you a KCTCS student? KCTCS students can transfer completed associate degrees in their entirety and begin immediately with online upper level coursework at UofL. Visit our KCTCS Transfers Page for more information.
See the UofL Transfer Credit Policy for more information.
The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires completion of 121 credit hours. All undergraduate degrees require completion of the university-wide General Education (Cardinal Core) Program. The typical degree path for earning a bachelor’s in criminal justice at UofL includes:
|General 101: A&S Orientation||1|
|Foreign Language (completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on language taken)||6-8|
|Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward General Education)||6|
|CJ 2001 Crime and Justice in the United States||3|
|CJ 2011 Law Enforcement in the United States||3|
|CJ 2021 Corrections in the United States||3|
|CJ 305 Criminal Behavior||3|
|CJ 306 Criminal Procedure||3|
|CJ 325 Research Design||3|
|CJ 326 Quantitative Analysis (fulfills QR general education requirement)||3|
|CJ 360 Juvenile Justice||3|
|CJ 395 Criminal Law and Evidence||3|
|CJ 4852 Seminar in Criminal Justice||3|
|Criminal Justice electives3||24|
|Criminal Justice Total||54|
|Total Hours for Degree||121|
1 Fulfills General Education SB requirement
2 Fulfills WR requirement
3 Criminal Justice electives must be selected from approved departmental list at the 300 level or above. A minimum of 15 hours must be in Criminal Justice, but may not exceed 30 hours
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Lambda Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Phi Sigma stream all of their meetings as well as their lunch and learns. Visit our website to learn of any additional new ways that you, as an online student, can be connected with our on-campus students and faculty.
The Department of Criminal Justice faculty actively engage in community service. These partnerships provide opportunities for internships and networking that enhance the student experience.
Our faculty has been awarded research grants totaling more than 4.5 million dollars. Granting agencies include:
The faculty are active members in the following professional organizations:
The Department of Criminal Justice may award transfer credit for military training based on an assessment of official military transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Transfer Services for evaluation and then the earned hours will be applied to appropriate requirements for the BSCJ degree.
The Department of Criminal Justice may award up to 15 hours of transfer credit for completed law enforcement/correction academy training for graduates of Louisville Metro Police Academy, Metro Louisville Corrections Academy and Kentucky State Police Academy.* Completion of other agency sponsored training may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Newly approved for online criminal justice students, the department’s internship coordinator will work with you to identify internship opportunities in your home community. For further information, please contact us at email@example.com.
As a criminal justice undergraduate student, you may now be eligible to pursue our accelerated Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree online. You may be able to earn up to 9 hours of graduate credit applicable toward the master’s in criminal justice degree while you’re completing your bachelor’s. For additional information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.