Criminology and Criminal Justice
48 credit hours
Credits shown here reflect the number required to graduate for the given major. Your actual number of required credits may be higher or lower depending on your previous college experience. The actual number of credits you will need to graduate from BVU will be determined by a free official transcript evaluation.
Criminology is the science of understanding crime, its causes, its effects, and its prevention. With BVU, you'll study the methods of law enforcement, judicial action, and systems in place to enforce the law. The criminology and criminal justice major draws from a variety of disciplines and consists of coursework in theory, organization, law, and practice.
Whether you're already involved in a branch of the law or simply have been drawn to it, a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice can prepare you to take the lead in this fast-growing field, or pursue an advanced graduate or professional degree.
Employment opportunities include:
- Counselor at a correctional facility
- Corrections officer
- Court official
Criminology and Criminal Justice Support Work
- CRIM 230 Survey of Criminal Courts or PSCN 240 Judicial Process
- PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
- PSYC 203 Social Psychology or PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
- SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or SCWK 100 Modern Social Problems
Criminology and Criminal Justice (6 credit hours from)
one course must be 200 level or higher
- PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
- PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
- PSCN 245 Introduction to American Law
- PSCN 465 Civil Liberties
- PSPA 165 Introduction to Public Administration
- PSPA 320 State and Local Politics
- PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
- PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies
Criminology and Criminal Justice Major 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
- CRIM 398 Criminological Research Methods
- CRIM 470 Criminological Theory
- CRIM 498 Capstone in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- 6 additional credit hours in CRIM at the 200 level or higher - excluding CRIM 495 Internship
Tuition & Fees
2015-16 Tuition:$402 per credit hour
2016-17 Tuition:$413 per credit hour
How to Apply
Programs within BVU Graduate & Professional Studies 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.
- 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 the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies site office. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
- Complete the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies application form
- If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
- 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. Guidelines are available from the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies office.
Financial Assistance is available to qualified students at our traditional campus and to students taking undergraduate and graduate coursework at our Graduate & Professional Studies locations. All students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education. You may request to have your FAFSA results sent to BVU. Even if you are currently unsure if you will attend, completing this free application will help determine your financial need.
BVU's institution code: 001847
Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid. Click on a grant below to see more information.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarships are also available for those who qualify.
Loans are made to students at low interest rates and must be repaid, but generally payments are not due until the student has completed his or her education or ceases at least half-time enrollment.
Tuition Reimbursements are available through many area employers. Many companies will pay part or all of an employee's educational costs. Check with your company's benefits representative to see if you qualify. All tuition reimbursement benefits must be reported to the Office of Financial Assistance.
G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.
All programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.
Have more questions?
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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 (Java.com). 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).