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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science | Argosy University, Atlanta Our Atlanta bachelor of science in criminal justice degree offers specialities in areas like corrections, forensic psychology, police, homeland security and more. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/atlanta/arts-and-sciences-65/bachelor-of-science-in-criminal-justice

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice degree program at Argosy University, Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, can provide criminal justice practitioners with enhanced critical thinking, communication, research and professional skills designed to contribute to career development, promotional opportunities, and consideration for specialized assignments. The program would also prepare you for possible careers in the various occupational fields of the criminal justice system.

Concentrations
In the Argosy University, Atlanta Criminal Justice degree program, you may select a concentration in the following areas:
• Corrections
• Forensic Psychology
• Homeland Security
• Management
• Police
• Security Management
• Substance Abuse

Career Outcomes
As a graduate, you can pursue employment at federal, state, and local government agencies; security companies; private investigation services; businesses and retail stores; law firms; and in private probation. Careers in criminal justice include:
• Criminal Investigator
• Corrections Officer
• Legal Assistant
• Customs Agent
• Court Administrator

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Launch your career by enrolling in this Argosy University, Atlanta bachelor’s degree program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED documented by one of the following:
    • Official or unofficial high school transcript (except in Georgia and Tennessee)
    • High School diploma (except in Georgia and Tennessee)
    • State issued high school equivalency (home school)
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences that shows proof of high school graduation or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation

-OR-

  • Official college transcript from a completed associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy.

Other Admission Requirements

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form

Course List

General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BS in Criminal Justice degree program are required to successfully complete fourteen general education courses (42 credit hours)3  distributed as follows:

  • 6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills4
  • 6 credit hours in communications
  • 6 credit hours in humanities5
  • 6 credit hours in social sciences6
  • 6 credit hours in natural science
  • 6 credit hours in mathematics
  • 6 credit hours in elective courses (in any general education distribution area)7
Notes

3 General education requirements at Argosy University, Tampa and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours.

4 To satisfy the Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements, students are required to take ASP100 - Skills for Success and COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness during the first semester of attendance. The requirement to take ASP100 Skills for Success will be waived for students who are admitted with a CGPA of 2.0 and who have either 1) completed an associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or 2) successfully completed at least 60 credit hours of college level coursework. Transfer credit is not accepted for either course. Exceptions to this policy may occur in the case of established course equivalencies with institutions that have a transfer or articulation agreement with Argosy University. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities who are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success apply this course towards the Open Electives requirements. Arkansas residents who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs offered through Argosy University Online Programs are not required to take ASP100 Skills for Success and COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness.

5 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the humanities category.

6 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the social sciences category.  It is recommended that students who are interested in completing the Forensic Psychology and Substance Abuse concentrations should take PSY101 - General Psychology to count towards the social sciences requirement.

7 Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are required to take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 3 credit hours general education elective courses. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success take an additional 3 credit hours of general education elective courses as follows. Students at all campuses except Argosy University, Sarasota, Argosy University, Tampa, and Argosy University, Twin Cities take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa take 12 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP100 Skills for Success towards the open elective requirements of their selected degree program, and therefore their general education elective requirements are not impacted by the course waiver.

Criminal Justice Core Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BS in Criminal Justice degree program are required to complete eleven criminal justice core courses (33 credit hours).

Criminal Justice Core Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

CJA105 - Introduction to American Criminal Justice
(3)

(3)

CJA140 - Introduction to Corrections
(3)

(3)

CJA215 - Criminal Law
(3)

(3)

CJA225 - Criminal Court System
(3)

(3)

CJA235 - Police Organizational Structure and Operations
(3)

(3)

CJA315 - Criminal Procedure
(3)

(3)

CJA330 - Juvenile Delinquency
(3)

(3)

CJA345 -  Criminal Justice Research Methods and Statistics
(3)

(3)

CJA415 - Victimology
(3)

(3)

CJA470 - Criminology
(3)

(3)

CJA499 - Criminal Justice Capstone
(3)

(3)

Criminal Justice Core Requirements—33 Credit Hours

 

Criminal Justice Electives Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BS in Criminal Justice degree program are required to successfully complete four criminal justice elective courses (12 credit hours). Students may select one of the optional concentrations that will be applied to this requirement.

Criminal Justice Electives Requirements—Students Choose Four of the Following

 

CJA320 -  Interviewing and Interrogation
(3)

(3)

CJA325 - Criminal Investigations
(3)

(3)

CJA335 - Organized Crime
(3)

(3)

CJA340 - Adult Corrections
(3)

(3)

CJA347 -  Juvenile Corrections
(3)

(3)

CJA350 - Probation and Parole
(3)

(3)

CJA425 - Community Policing and Crime Prevention
(3)

(3)

CJA426 -  Terrorism
(3)

(3)

CJA435 - Homeland Security
(3)

(3)

CJA445 -  Emergency Management-Incident Command
(3)

(3)

CJA455 -  Transportation Protection and Vulnerability Assessment
(3)

(3)

CJA460 - Penology Theory
(3)

(3)

PSY303 - Introduction to Crime and Causes
(3)

(3)

PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY381 - Abnormal Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY422 - Forensic Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY481 - Substance Abuse and the Family
(3)

(3)

PSY496 - Substance Abuse Assessment
(3)

(3)

PSY497 - Substance Abuse Treatment
(3)

(3)

PSY498 - Psychology and the Criminal Mind
(3)

(3)

SEC103 -  Introduction to Security Management
(3)

(3)

SEC317 - Risk Assessment and Management
(3)

(3)

SEC323 - Computer Systems Security
(3)

(3)

SEC333 - Global Security
(3)

(3)

Criminal Justice Electives Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Optional Concentration Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BS in Criminal Justice degree program may select a concentration that will be applied towards the fulfillment of the criminal justice electives requirements. The primary goal of the criminal justice concentration is to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies in a specific area of study. Students may choose to complete one of the following optional concentrations:

  • Corrections
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Homeland Security
  • Management
  • Police
  • Security Management
  • Substance Abuse

 

Corrections Concentration Requirements

The Corrections concentration is designed for students who are interested in entry-level careers in adult or juvenile corrections or probation and parole.

Corrections Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

CJA340 - Adult Corrections
(3)

(3)

CJA347 -  Juvenile Corrections
(3)

(3)

CJA350 - Probation and Parole
(3)

(3)

CJA460 - Penology Theory
(3)

(3)

Corrections Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements

The Forensic Psychology concentration is designed to provide students with a psychological perspective for understanding crime and its causes.  Each course in this concentration has prerequisite requirements, please check the course description for details and consult with your academic advisor on how best to meet the prerequisite(s) required.

Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY303 - Introduction to Crime and Causes
(3)

(3)

PSY381 - Abnormal Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY422 - Forensic Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY498 - Psychology and the Criminal Mind
(3)

(3)

Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Homeland Security Concentration Requirements

The Homeland Security concentration is designed for students who desire to enhance their understanding of foreign and domestic threats to national security and/or who may be interested in entry-level careers with state or federal Homeland Security agencies.

Homeland Security Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

CJA426 -  Terrorism
(3)

(3)

CJA435 - Homeland Security
(3)

(3)

CJA445 -  Emergency Management-Incident Command
(3)

(3)

CJA455 -  Transportation Protection and Vulnerability Assessment
(3)

(3)

Homeland Security Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Management Concentration Requirements

The Management concentration is designed to provide students with an understanding of business management practices that can benefit leaders in various criminal justice fields.

Management Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BUS320 - 21st Century Leadership and Beyond
(3)

(3)

BUS423 - Business Psychology
(3)

(3)

MGT411 - Human Resource Management
(3)

(3)

MGT450 - Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
(3)

(3)

Management Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Police Concentration Requirements

The Police concentration is designed for students interested in law enforcement careers.

Police Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

CJA320 -  Interviewing and Interrogation
(3)

(3)

CJA325 - Criminal Investigations
(3)

(3)

CJA335 - Organized Crime
(3)

(3)

CJA425 - Community Policing and Crime Prevention
(3)

(3)

Police Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Security Management Concentration Requirements

The Security Management concentration is designed for students interested in entry-level careers in public or private security.

Security Management Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SEC103 -  Introduction to Security Management
(3)

(3)

SEC317 - Risk Assessment and Management
(3)

(3)

SEC323 - Computer Systems Security
(3)

(3)

SEC333 - Global Security
(3)

(3)

Security Management Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements

The Substance Abuse concentration is designed to provide students with an understanding of the nature and impact of the abuse of controlled substances on individuals, families and society.  Each course in this concentration has prerequisite requirements, please check the course description for details and consult with your academic advisor on how best to meet the prerequisite(s) required.

Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY481 - Substance Abuse and the Family
(3)

(3)

PSY496 - Substance Abuse Assessment
(3)

(3)

PSY497 - Substance Abuse Treatment
(3)

(3)

Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Open Electives Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BS in Criminal Justice degree program are required to successfully complete eleven open elective courses (33 credit hours). Students choose undergraduate courses listed under Section Twelve, Undergraduate Course Listings with the approval of their program chair.

Note

The open electives requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are ten courses or 30 credit hours.

Note

Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP100 - Skills for Success towards the open electives requirements. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success may select a different course to apply towards the open electives requirements.

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