Bachelor of Arts

Criminal Justice & Criminology

Program Overview

Develop your leadership skills and open up management opportunities with Austin’s only online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Concordia University Texas. Our program provides you with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in criminology, and it all takes place in a convenient, accessible learning environment that connects you with your professor and peers.

The field of criminal justice spans several public service areas. Opportunities in law enforcement, corrections, security, the courts and more are rewarding options for giving back to your community. With the right knowledge and skills, you can pursue a future in protecting others and making a difference.

Pursue a faith-based approach to your education in the B.A. in Criminal Justice & Criminology program. You can earn your degree with the general track or in one of two special emphasis tracks: management of law enforcement or homeland security. To further customize your degree, choose a minor outside of your specialty track.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Focused curriculum: The in-depth course of study includes coverage of criminology, law, ethics and more.
  • A trusted education: Since 1926, we have provided students with a valuable degree that is rooted in the liberal arts.
  • Convenience: Our online program allows you to balance your degree program with your work schedule and personal commitments. And you can earn your degree at a pace that works for you.
  • Year-round support: Our online help desk is available 24/7/365.
  • Next Start Date: Rolling Enrollment
  • Credit Hours: 128
  • Course Length: 8 Weeks

Career Outcomes

There are many career possibilities with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology. The lab, local and federal law enforcement, corrections, private and homeland security, the courts, crime scene investigation, probation — these are some of the roles you can pursue with your degree.

Possible career outcomes include:

  • Parole Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist - Median salary: $48,190
  • Fish and Game Warden - Median salary: $53,260
  • Police or Sheriff Patrol Officer - Median salary: $55,270
  • Security Manager - Median salary: $59,682
  • FBI Special Agent - Median salary: $63,021
  • Prison Warden - Median salary: $75,111
*All salaries taken from either the Bureau of Labor Statistics or PayScale.*

Admission Requirements

A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA on all college-level coursework, or a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA if fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours, is required. Students who do not meet the requirements will be evaluated by the admissions committee and may still be eligible for provisional admission to the program.

Click here to begin your application. If you need help, our supportive staff is here. Email us at onlineadmissions@concordia.edu or call 844-CTX-CTX1 (844-289-2891) for assistance or to learn more about the program.

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Course List

To earn your B.A. in Criminal Justice & Criminology, 128 credit hours are required, and classes are offered all year. Up to 83 transfer credits are accepted, so you can finish your degree even faster.

In addition to the General Education Core Requirements, students must successfully complete the following for the major:

Supporting Course Work (25 -28 credits)

PSY 1311 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology
SOC/PSY 2341 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOC/PSY 2491 Research Methods and Scientific Writing for the Behavioral Sciences
CRIJ 2313 Corrections, Probation, and Parole
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices

Two semesters of the same Modern Language (6-8 hours).

Major Foundation Coursework (21 credits)

CRIJ 2301 Introduction to Criminal Justice (Prerequisite for enrollment in CRIJ 3300 and 4300 courses)
CRIJ 3302 Procedural Criminal Law
CRIJ 3314 Ethics in Criminal Justice
REL/PHL 33xx Theology and Philosophy of Social Justice
CJM/SOC 3311 Criminology
CJM/SOC 33xx Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity
CRIJ 43xx Capstone course*

*Students must complete track requirements and 12-15 SH of major foundation work.

General Track (12 credits)

For those students who wish for a career in the local, state or federal law enforcement communities or who desire to move onto graduate studies.

Any FOUR CRIJ classes (Suggestions would include one each from the other specialized tracks or areas where the student has special interest)

May substitute with any ONE POLS, SOC or PSY classes which are not part of the core curriculum

Homeland Security Track (12 credits)

For those students who wish for a career in the state or federal law enforcement or intelligence communities.

*CRIJ 3320 Homeland Security
*†CRIJ 33xx Psychology/Sociology of Terrorism
*†CRIJ 33xx Roots of Terrorism

Plus a three-hour Junior- or Senior-level course in CRIJ, POLS, SOC relating to Homeland Security issues must be chosen. Recommended suggestions include the following:

†CRIJ 33xx
CRIJ 3312 Transnational Crimes
POLS 3333 Criminal Profiling
POLS 3334 International Relations & Comparative Politics (or)
†SOC 33xx Political Philosophies & Ideologies Social Policy (or)
†SOC 33xx Immigration (or)
†SOC 33xx Urbanization

Management of Law Enforcement Track (12 credits)

CRIJ 3303 Liability in Criminal Justice
CRIJ 43xx Management of Law Enforcement
BADM 3311 Principles of Managment

Elective: One other Junior or Senior level BADM or COM class must be chosen. Recommendations include the following:

BADM 3340 Human Resource Management
COM 3310 Public Relations
COM 3331 Organizational Communication

Additional Electives (Up to 57 credits)

CRIJ 3303 Liability in Criminal Justice
CRIJ 3304 Administrative Criminal Justice
CRIJ 3309 Gangs and Organized Crime
CJM/SOC 3310 Juveniles in Criminal Justice
CRIJ 33xx Public Order Crimes: Sex & Drugs
CRIJ 43xx Crime Mapping & Intelligence
POLS 3333 International Relations & Comparative Politics
POLS 3334 Political Philosophies & Ideologies
PSY 3341 Abnormal Psychology
SOC/PSY 3330 Social Psychology
SOC 33xx Social Policy
SOC 33xx Immigration
SOC 33xx Urbanization
CRIJ 43xx Internship (monitored by full-time CRIJ faculty)