Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Crime and Criminal Behavior
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The science of solving crimes
Are people born criminals, or do they just fall into criminal behavior? Our BS in Criminal Justice, Crime and Criminal Behavior gives you a chance to better understand the factors that lead to criminal activity. You’ll gain actionable knowledge you can use, from the street to the courthouse, to help prevent crime and protect society.
Winter classes start on January 4
Program at a glance
11-week courses in the program
Cost per course
Earn your degree online with Strayer
Enhance your critical and ethical thinking
This program provides an understanding of the social causes for crime, how criminals think and the effectiveness of crime and delinquency prevention programs — plus an overview of careers in criminal justice.
Build your skills
- Understand the causes of crime and its effect on society.
- Apply ethical thinking and judgment to a wide range of criminal justice situations.
- Identify the increasingly complex and powerful technologies used in fighting crime.
- Communicate effectively, share information, persuade others and manage conflicts.
- Think critically, to effectively investigate crimes, enforce laws and implement corrections.
Add essential skills to your résumé
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The high-quality higher education you deserve
Affording your degree
At Strayer, you’ll find plenty of ways to make your tuition affordable, so you can worry less about your budget and get down to business.
cost per course
degree conferral (one-time only)
technology fee (one per term)
Ways to reduce your cost
Transfer up to 28 classes toward your bachelor’s degree.
Save up to 25% off the cost of your bachelor’s degree. Eligibility rules apply.
The courses in this program cover topics such as the scientific method and criminal behavior, giving you an in-depth understanding of how criminal justice professionals work and ways to prevent or address crime. View all courses.
Examine the organization and practice of the Department of Homeland Security and the terrorist threats that dictate its operations. Topics include foundations of homeland security, terrorism, countermeasures and response to terrorist threats.
This course provides a broad range of topics relevant to criminal behavior and the development of the personality. Biological, psychological, and social structural factors which influence the possible origin of criminal behavior, as well as criminal justice and societal approaches for preventing crime, are addressed.
This course links research methods, application, and expertise in the field of psychology to the legal system. Students will be exposed to the field with a richer understanding in how forensic psychologists contribute to the legal system, including expert testimony, jury selection, insanity defenses, child custody hearings, and release and reentry of violent offenders.
This course examines various crime and delinquency prevention policies and programs. Topics covered include the historical development of crime and delinquency prevention methods, theoretical applications to prevention efforts, and research findings on program effectiveness. Students are exposed to the importance of research design in evaluating effective prevention strategies as well as the relationship between fear of crime and victimization. You have options: choose this course, or CRJ310 Law Enforcement Operations and Management.
This course addresses the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol, both legal and illegal; the etiology, social phenomena, psychological and physiological effects, and current relationship between gang activity and drugs, as well as organized crime and the drug epidemic in the United States and abroad. Students will also be exposed to the historical rise in popularity of gangs associated with the drug trade and the rise and fall of power of organized crime syndicates and drug distribution.
Being an effective communicator is an essential skill for any profession. In this course, you will learn the secrets to writing, listening, and speaking with credibility in order to share your voice with the world.
Bachelor’s admission requirements
Before you can pursue your bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university.
Learn more about the admission process at Strayer.
Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.
Transferring to Strayer from another university?
Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.
We welcome more than 1,200 international students from more than 110 countries.
Experience the Strayer difference
Your admissions officer and student services coach will mentor, motivate and support you from enrollment to the day you graduate.