Online Criminal Justice Degree (B.S.)

Criminal Justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at uphold-ing social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with crimi-nal penalties and rehabilitation efforts. Our program is designed for students who have specific interests in the study of crime and criminology, law enforcement, crime scene investigation, the courts, correctional administra-tion, probation, parole, or juvenile justice programs.

The criminal justice program at IU East is distinctive in that it also teaches students management skills which prepares them to be more competitive in the job market and enhances their prospects for advancement.

This degree completion program is designed for students who have completed at least 60 semester hours of transferable college credit with a GPA of 2.0 or better, or individuals who have completed an associate degree at the community college level. Prior transcripts are evaluated to determine academic status in relation to satisfying degree program requirements, including both general education courses equivalent to the Indiana University East core curriculum and all required prerequisites.

Careers in Criminal Justice

  • Law Enforcement
  • Baliff
  • Probation Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Forensics
  • Lawyer
  • Judges
  • Magistrate

Completion Program Curriculum (60 cr)

The following is a sample two-year plan for the degree.
Your actual program sequence will depend on the semester that you choose to begin the program.

A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major.

Semester 1 (Fall)

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law
  • CJUS-P 302 Courts and Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 295 Criminal Justice Data, Methods and Research
  • Criminal Justice Elective
  • Criminal Justice Elective

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
  • CJUS-P 411 Criminal Justice Management
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law (recommended) or Elective
  • Criminal Justice Elective
  • Diversity course (see advisor for approved list)

Senior Semester 2 (Spring)

  • CJUS-P 470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (recommended) or Elective (300/400 level)
  • Criminal Justice Elective
  • Elective

Program Requirements

Writing Requirement

A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG-W131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled. This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.

General Grade Requirement

No course with a grade below 2.0 ( C ) will be accepted in the major/concentration area.

A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit Hours

For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of concentration must be completed at Indiana University East.

Contact Information

Indiana University East
Office of Admissions
Whitewater Hall 116
2325 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1289

Phone: 765-973-8208 or toll free 800-959-EAST
Fax: 765-973-8209
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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