Criminology and Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Minor - 21 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

BVU’s criminology and criminal justice minor equips students with the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of careers within the criminal justice system.

Program Description:

Criminology and criminal justice minors study the methods of law enforcement, judicial action and systems in place to enforce the law. This program draws from a variety of disciplines and consists of coursework in criminology, law enforcement and institutional corrections, among others. Whether students are already involved in a branch of the law or simply have been drawn to it, a criminology and criminal justice minor can prepare you to take the lead in this fast-growing field. 

Employment opportunities include:

  • Counselor at a correctional facility
  • Corrections officer
  • Court official
  • Police officer/law enforcement official
  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Newton
  • Online
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake
  • West Burlington

Criminology and Criminal Justice Minor Courses

  • CRIM 101 Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRIM 102 Survey of Criminology
  • CRIM 220 Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • CRIM 290 Institutional Corrections
  • CRIM 343 Juvenile Justice Systems
  • 6 additional credit hours in CRIM at the 200 level or higher -excluding CRIM 495 Internship
Admissions criteria for the Criminology and Criminal Justice program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Criminology and Criminal Justice program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java ( Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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