Starting with the basics, our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program will ensure that you understand the fundamentals in crime, ethics and justice. You’ll gain a broad yet specialized understanding of the field by exploring related topics in psychology and political studies. And once you’ve mastered those principles, our program continues to provide you with a deep knowledge of the U.S. criminal justice system and its role within the global picture.
You’ll have plenty of hands-on opportunities, too. Assignments are field-based, so you can combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience. And you’ll spend class time discussing, debating and networking with system professionals. You’ll follow current criminal cases and investigations, and you’ll analyze the criminal justice system in order to develop your own opinions of the field.
After all of the personalized attention and great networking opportunities you’ll have at Lynn, you’ll graduate with all of the tools you need to become a specialist in your field.
This degree is available online, on campus or any combination of both.
Bachelor's in Criminal Justice: Curriculum
The curriculum at Lynn gets a lot of attention for being innovative and future-focused. Instead of taking prerequisite classes for your entire first year, you can start studying the subjects that interest you right away, including:
PSY 100: Human Behavior
Learn about the way human beings function as individuals, within groups and as members of particular societies. Explore human behavior within the context of prosocial human behavior, abnormal human behavior and the result of maladaptive human behavior.
CRJ 202: Policing in America
Examine the role and function of police in American society. Analyze the nature of police work, the resulting job stress and the challenges that police face, including police culture, discretion, corruption and police/community relations.
CRJ 302: Issues in Corrections
In this course, you’ll study the nature of punishment and its purpose. Identify contemporary issues surrounding the legal and social construction of confinement against a backdrop of controversy, idealism and unfulfilled social promise, and review alternative correctional models.
CRJ 496: Victimology
Explore theories in victimization, the evolution of the victims’ rights movement, experiences of victims in the criminal justice system and interactions with other social service agencies, repeat victimization and successful approaches to working with crime victims.
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Criminal justice career opportunities
Your new degree will give you access to impressive career opportunities—many more than we could ever hope to list. Still, we’ve created this short sampling of careers you might pursue starting with this degree:
- Victim advocate
- Police officer
- Crisis counselor
- Field correction officer
- Social welfare representative
We’re happy to help you set and reach your career goals. At Lynn, all students enjoy free career planning services.