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Criminal Justice Degree - Bachelor of Science

Degree Information

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is a comprehensive program designed to develop an in depth knowledge of the criminal justice system, with a specific topical emphasis on contemporary social issues, criminal behavior analysis, legal and ethical principles, and strategic management and policy development. Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate this knowledge through the application of critical thinking to key issues, the illustration of essential writing and communication skills, and the production of structured projects and analyses.


Major Requirements (40 credit hours)

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  • LA 300 Foundations for Professional Success

    This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University’s four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.
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  • CJUS 305 Theory and Practice of Criminal Justice

    This course will provide a foundation and overview of the diverse criminal justice system. The focus of the course will be on the different components of the criminal justice system and concepts and theories in criminal justice.
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  • CJUS 315 The American Criminal and Civil Legal Systems

    This course will provide an examination of the Constitutional underpinnings of criminal and civil law as it applies to the criminal justice system. Special focus will be devoted to an overview of the American court system, specific elements of crime, the operation of civil jurisprudence, and a review of the policies and procedures that influence law in America.
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  • CJUS 325 Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Criminal Justice

    This course will address ethical issues in criminal justice at both the theoretical and applied levels. Special emphasis will be given to an examination of the relationship between ethical principles, moral and normative judgments.
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  • CJUS 335 Crime in America

    This course will provide a critical analysis of the nature and extent of crime in society. Special emphasis will be placed on offense types and crime trends, social and policy factors affecting crime, and the impact of crime on the operation of the criminal justice system.
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  • CJUS 345 Criminal Behavior and Victimology

    This course will focus on the underlying sociological, biological, and psychological explanations for criminal behavior and provide an overview of victimization patterns, causal factors and the consequences of victimization. Particular attention will be paid to an examination of deviant and criminal behavior characteristics, the treatment of victims by the criminal justice system and the relationship between offenders and victims.
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  • CJUS 405 Criminal Justice Organizations and Strategic Management

    This course will focus on the contemporary theories of operations management in criminal justice with an emphasis on strategic planning. Specific management concepts including resource management and interagency communication and collaboration will be explored.
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  • CJUS 415 Criminal Procedure and Public Policy

    This course will examine the impact of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the policies and practices of criminal justice agencies. Rules of evidence, search and seizure, custodial rights, and the associated procedural laws will be emphasized.
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  • CJUS 425 Justice and Contemporary Social Issues

    This course will focus on problems of social justice, the meaning of justice in a diverse society, and issues of social inequality. An emphasis will be placed on exploring the notion of social ills as precursors to criminal behavior and the possible prophylactic measures to alter those behaviors.
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  • CJUS 435 Criminal Justice Problem Analysis

    The course will focus on a comprehensive analysis of the criminal justice system through the integration of case study, research, and critical thinking. Specific emphasis will be given to criminological theory, data analysis and integrity, understanding crime problems, urban issues, strategic planning and relevant literature review.
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Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements (9 credit hours)

(In addition to the Major Requirements, all Bellevue University students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series)

  • LA 400 American Vision and Values

    Focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the western world, especially as they are found in the American vision and embedded in the values, traditions, documents, and institutions of the United States.
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  • LA 410 Tradition and Change

    Begins with world traditions and investigates how social, economic, intellectual, and moral forces of change act against them. The course focuses on the tensions between tradition and change in the production of intellectual, social, and cultural progress. The course emphasizes intense student involvement in a comprehensive learning experience, culminating in a formal written thesis that confronts the values of limited government, popular rule, entrepreneurial processes, and reflective inquiry.
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  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility

    Focuses on the institutions and traditions of Western civilization that are found at the core of American democracy. Central focus is on the balanced relationship between freedom and the responsibilities involved in the ongoing maintenance of freedom in a just and productive society.
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