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Bachelors of Arts/Science in Criminal Justice Studies

Students explore the major institutions of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, and the judiciary and correctional systems from probation through incarceration. You will study theories about crime and delinquency, examine racial dynamics, wrestle with questions about effectiveness, and evaluate the empirical causes of crime. A growing number of criminal justice jobs require a four-year degree, and a bachelor’s degree can open the door to career advancement or promotion. Online courses offer a convenient and affordable option for students to complete their bachelor’s degree while studying from home. Online courses are taught by the same SIUE criminal justice faculty who teach on campus.

Delivery Method

Online

Admission Requirements

Courses are offered in 8 week sessions and allows for students to apply and start classes soon after admission. 


To be admitted to the criminal justice program, students must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from prior college coursework

   

Students who do not meet requirements to be admitted directly to the program can apply to SIUE and may be eligible for online general education courses.

Transfer Policy

SIUE is nationally recognized by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Transfer Honor Roll for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer students.


All transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions and other non-traditional transfer credit that is appropriate to a baccalaureate education for which a passing grade was awarded is evaluated to determine equivalency to SIUE coursework. The Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) is a resource that will allow you to identify courses and how they articulate to SIUE courses.


For Criminal Justice majors, up to 12 hours of criminal justice transfer credit with grades of C or better may be accepted.


Up to 15 hours of transfer credit may be accepted for the following courses completed at Illinois universities and community colleges as recommended under the Illinois Articulation Agreement. Additional transfer hours may be used if approved by criminal justice advisors and/or the department chair:

  • CJ 111

  • CJ 202 

  • CJ 205

  • CJ 206

  • CJ 273

Special Characteristics

A growing number of criminal justice jobs require a four-year degree, and a bachelor’s degree can open the door to career advancement or promotion. Online courses offer a convenient and affordable option for students to complete their bachelor’s degree while studying from home. Online courses are taught by the same SIUE criminal justice faculty who teach on campus.


Our accelerated combined degree program allows qualified students to earn graduate credit for select courses completed during their bachelor’s program, putting you on the fast track to a master’s degree.