As an Campbellsville University online criminal justice student, you can become more prepared for a rewarding career in the field.
A.S. Criminal Justice Overview
The fully online associate degree in criminal justice at Campbellsville University prepares you for a future in a variety of entry-level criminal justice professions in local, state and federal organizations. You will examine the variety of issues that face law enforcement while obtaining a strong foundation of knowledge of modern criminal justice concepts and trends. The online program examines the fundamentals of criminal investigations, court processes and procedures, victimology, forensics and the social issues that affect the law.
You will be exposed to a critical assessment of the various aspects of the criminal justice system, including police operations and court processes and procedures. While the fully online degree consists of 60 credit hours of study, you can select from a wide range of electives to discover a topic that greatly interests you. Elective options include juvenile delinquency, serial killers and civil liberties.
The online associate degree in criminal justice allows you to cultivate the ability to make rational, informed decisions to the daily challenges within the court and law enforcement while utilizing ethical, Christian values. The comprehensive program further emphasizes professional ethics, human values, analytical skills and critical thinking while providing you with desirable leadership qualities.
Campbellsville University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Related Criminal Justice Programs
The online associate degree in criminal justice includes 60 credit hours, including 20 credits of general education courses. The program can be completed in as little as two years.
The General Education component of undergraduate degrees provides the student with a basic understanding of a broad range of subjects. This supports the liberal arts emphasis of the University’s academic mission.
Your general education must include:.
- POL 110: American Government
- PSY 111 : General Psychology
- SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology
- CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
- CJ 235: Criminology
- CJ 320: Police Operations and Programs
- CJ 421: Corrections
- CJ 428: Internship/Career Preparation Seminar
- CJ 431: Civil Liberties
- CJ 440: Court Processes and Procedures
Choose courses from this list totaling at least 3 hours:
- CJ 200: Fundamentals of Homeland Security
- CJ 215: Criminal Investigation
- CJ 330: Introduction to Forensics
- CJ 332: Juvenile Delinquency
- CJ 334: Introduction to Criminal Law
- CJ 426: Probation and Parole
- CJ 428: Internship (1-4 credit hours)
- CJ 431: Civil Liberties
- CJ 450: Victimology
- CJ 485: Serial Killers
- CJ 380 or CJ 480: Special Topics (1-3 credit hours)
- CJ 390 or CJ 490: Independent Study (1-3 credit hours)
Choose two courses from this list:
- PSY/SOC: 333 Group Dynamics
- PSY/SOC: 341 Social Psychology
- PSY 311: Learning and Behavior
- PSY 412: Abnormal Psychology
- SOC 230: Social Problems
- SOC 342: Race and Ethnic Relations
- SOC 413: Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Choose courses totaling at least 3 hours from any discipline.
To apply to Campbellsville’s criminal justice program, prospective students must submit or complete the following:
- Complete the online application.
- Submit official copies of transcripts from each college or university previously or currently attended, along with a complete record of all courses attempted, to the Office of Admissions.
- If transferring less than 24 credit hours, submit official high school transcript.
Costs & Financial Aid
The online associate degree in criminal justice costs $424 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.
Students can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out what scholarships, grants, loans and payment plans are available for them. There are numerous options available, and not all financial aid is based on need.
Students can transfer a maximum of 32 credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university.
Campbellsville University is a military-friendly school and a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program. Students who are currently serving at home or abroad or are veterans can further their education in a conducive online environment.
Careers in Criminal Justice
Graduates of Campbellsville’s criminal justice program can pursue a variety of entry-level careers, including:
- Police officer
- Correctional officer
- Fire inspector
Why CU Online?
Focused on Your Growth
Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.
Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.
Affordable and Convenient
Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.
Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.
Benefits of Learning Online
Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
- Yes. We offer a generous transfer policy for our online degree programs. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
- Yes. You will have to complete the FAFSA form, and we will then determine your eligibility for any financial aid. Visit our financial aid page to learn more about your options, which include scholarships and grants.
- You can apply to our online degree programs through the online application form. Remember to submit official copies of your high school and/or college transcripts, along with any other required documentation that is specific to your degree program. You can visit the admissions process page to learn more about what to expect throughout the process.