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Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

School of Public Service Leadership


Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella Bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits

ART2000 Art History Survey 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
HUM3300 Perspectives on World Religions 6 quarter credits
LIT2001 Introduction to Literature: Short Stories 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI20001 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2051 Bioethics and Society 3 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits

BIO10001 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
CHM1000 Chemistry for Changing Times 6 quarter credits
CHM1050 Chemistry and the Environment 3 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT1051 Pre-Calculus 6 quarter credits
MAT20013 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT20504 Statistical Literacy 3 quarter credits
MAT20515* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits

ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS1000 Immigrants in the American City 3 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
HIS4100 Critical Aspects of American History 3 quarter credits
PSYC10001 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
POL2000 Globalization 6 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

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Core Courses

General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of six quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses:

Required course:

ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits

Additional Program Requirements

Required Courses

66 quarter credits

COM2000 Intercultural Communications 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
CJ1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
CJ2004 Perspectives in Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
CJ2120 Ethics of Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
CJ3200 Constitutional Law 6 quarter credits
CJ3220 Criminal Law 6 quarter credits
CJ3540 Criminal Procedure and Evidence 6 quarter credits
CJ4280 Research Applications in Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
PSYC3130 Criminal Psychology and Behavior 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits

Recommended Electives:

CJ1100 Introduction to Emergency Management 6 quarter credits
CJ3250 Corrections, Probation, and Parole 6 quarter credits
CJ3500 Police Administration and Leadership 6 quarter credits
CJ3520 Police-Community Relations 6 quarter credits
CJ3560 Multiagency Investigations 6 quarter credits
CJ3600 Emergency Planning 6 quarter credits
CJ3620 Disaster Response Operations and Management 6 quarter credits
CJ3700 Terrorism 6 quarter credits
CJ3750 White-Collar and Organized Crime 3 quarter credits
CJ3800 Social Dimensions of Disaster 6 quarter credits
CJ3850 School Violence 3 quarter credits
CJ3950 Women in Criminal Justice 3 quarter credits
PSYC3150 Victimology 3 quarter credits


Choose any additional undergraduate course(s).

Capstone course

6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner's final quarter:

CJ4990 Criminal Justice Capstone 6 quarter credits

Total 180 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This program is not designed to prepare graduates for employment as law enforcement or peace officers. The qualifications to become law enforcement or peace officers vary; learners should check their state’s certification process and requirements.

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What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 135 credits into this specialization.


If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Addictions
  • Emergency Management
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Law Enforcement Leadership
  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Health Care Management
  • Management and Leadership
  • Human Resource Management

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