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Format and Requirements – Bachelor

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University is designed for the working professional and is earned completely online.


Program Format

New students are accepted into online programs every eight weeks. Each fall and spring semester consists of sixteen weeks and is divided into two eight-week sessions. The summer semester is fourteen weeks and is divided into two seven-week sessions. Students will take two classes each session for a total of four classes per semester, if student wants full-time status.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Requirements Semester Hours
Major Required Courses:
RHU 101 Online Learning Seminar
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 300 Criminal Evidence and Procedure
CRJ 310 Criminal Justice Research
CRJ 320 Survey of American Law Enforcement
CRJ 330 Survey of Correctional Thought and Practices
CRJ 340 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
CRJ 350 Current Trends in Law Enforcement
CRJ 400 Seminar in Cyberspace Criminal Activity
CRJ 410 Criminality and Criminological Theory
CRJ 420 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
CRJ 430 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
CRJ 440 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
CRJ 450 Incident Command Paradigms
CRJ 460 Fraud Investigation
CRJ 470 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
CRJ 485 Introduction to Forensic Science
CRJ 495 Victimology
Free Electives:
Approved transfer credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities, military training approved for academic credit through the American Council on Education and approved technical / professional training credit.Free elective deficiencies may be satisfied with other coursework taken through Reinhardt University.
General Education Requirements:
Speech Communications
Mathematics-College Algebra or Above
Natural Science
Social Science
Computer Applications
General Education Core Electives from any of the above
Total Hours to Earn a Degree 120

Major Core Course Descriptions

RHU 101: Online Learning Seminar (3 Semester Hours)

This course is an introduction to the online learning platform at Reinhardt University. Topics include navigation of the virtual classroom, overview of University departments and procedures, library services, critical thinking skills, time management, academic expectations, and writing and research including APA formatting.

CRJ 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Semester Hours)

A survey of the system of American criminal justice, this course gives an overview of police, prosecution, courts and corrections. Highlighted are major concerns in contemporary administration of justice; functions of criminal law; assessments of crime, organized crime, narcotics and drug abuse; roles of the judiciary; and institutional and community corrections.

CRJ 300: Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3 Semester Hours)

Historical and contemporary overview of rules governing criminal procedure and rules of evidence as they affect the accused, the convicted, the functions of law enforcement, and the conduct of criminal prosecutions. Survey of constitutional rights of the accused and the conflict of rights with maintenance of public order and enforcement of criminal law.

CRJ 310: Criminal Justice Research Methods  (3 Semester Hours)

An introduction to basic research methods applied in the study of criminal justice and the social sciences with emphasis placed upon the understanding of re-search methodology, statistics and application of the scientific method. The course will include a review and critique of research on crime causation, issues in law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

CRJ 320: Survey of American Law Enforcement (3 Semester Hours)

This course provides an overview and analysis of the American system of law enforcement, examining the origins, development, roles, and operations of policing in a modern society. The students will also examine major issues such as civil liability, use of force, officer discretion and some of the philosophical and cultural issues facing law enforcement today.

CRJ 330: Survey of Correctional Thought & Practices (3 Semester Hours)

A critical examination of the American system of corrections with emphasis on the philosophical underpinnings of past, current, and emerging correctional paradigms. Provides an overview of the origins of correctional thought, practical challenges, and policy implications. Controversial issues related to imposition of the death penalty, disproportionate incarceration, and the effects of net-widening will be explored.

CRJ 340: Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3 Semester Hours)

Students in this course will study and engage in the practice of ethics as it applies to crime, law and justice. This course explores concepts of morality, ethics, values, moral/ethical frameworks and dilemmas relative to criminal justice policies and practices.

CRJ 350: Current Trends in Law Enforcement (3 Semester Hours)

This course will examine recent trends and developments that affect policing roles, styles, and functions with emphasis on the philosophy and components community policing.

CRJ 400: Seminar in Cyberspace Criminal Activity (3 Semester Hours)

Explores legal issues and challenges faced by the criminal justice system in response to computer /cyberspace criminal investigations. Emphasis is placed upon various forms of crime perpetrated in cyber-space. Topics include forms of electronic criminal activity, enforcement of computer-related criminal statutes, constitutional issues related to search and seizure, privacy concerns, application of the First Amendment in cyberspace, and laws pertaining to electronic surveillance.

CRJ 410: Criminality and Criminological Theory (3 Semester Hours)

This course is a multidisciplinary survey of theories of crime causation and social control. Major topics covered include: theory construction, theory-methods, symmetry, evaluating theory, theoretical integration, crime reduction and applied criminology.

CRJ 420:   Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3 Semester Hours)

A critical examination of juvenile delinquency as a le-gal concept with analysis of etiological perspectives and societal responses. Content focuses on evolution of the juvenile justice system as an institution, processes involved in adjudication/case disposition, theoretical foundations of intervention /prevention, and sources of conflict in the implementation of policy.

CRJ 430:   Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (3 Semester Hours)

This course examines bureaucratic, political and other characteristics of justice organizations through a re-view of theories of public administration and organizational behavior. This course applies theories to problems and policies encountered in managing criminal justice agencies.

CRJ 440:   Terrorism and Counterterrorism (3 Semester Hours)

This course examines the indigenous and external sources of terrorism, the declared and implied objectives or strategies operations and tactics and the countermeasures that are created. This course will take an even closer look at prioritizing terrorism while trying to focus on other U.S. problems and foreign policy objectives.

CRJ 450:   Incident Command Paradigms (3 Semester Hours)

This course examines the challenges that public safety organizations face when responding to and recovering from disasters with emphasis on the roles of federal, state and local governments. The course will evaluate lessons learned from previous disasters in relation to contemporary disaster response.

CRJ 460:   Fraud Investigations (3 Semester Hours)

Provides an introduction and overview of fraud investigations. A primary focus of this course will be the various types, causes, impacts, and laws related to fraud. Students in this course will work on analyzing current examples of fraud and applying best practices to investigations. In addition, students will work collaboratively to develop educational outreach information for the surrounding community.

CRJ 470: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 Semester Hours)

A comparative study of the major legal traditions and analysis of the criminal justice system in different cultures and countries. Emphasis is focused on under-standing differences in procedural law, substantive law, policymaking, law enforcement, court systems and correctional systems between the United States and other countries.

CRJ 485:   Introduction to Forensic Science (3 Semester Hours)

This course examines the development of forensic applications in criminal investigations and the rooting of forensics in the natural sciences. Topics include techniques of crime scene processing, an overview of physical evidence, forensic toxicology, biological stain analysis, DNA, and arson investigations.

CRJ 495:   Victimology (3 Semester Hours)

An examination of theories and history shaping the bio-psycho-social and environmental characteristics of crime and violent victimization. Emphasis is placed on intersection with issues of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

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