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Earn Your Bachelor's in Criminal Justice — 100% Online
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice delivered through Penn State World Campus is an ideal program, whether you are interested in starting your criminology degree, or you have already completed criminal justice credits or an associate degree, or have experience in the field. By taking your courses online, you'll be able to earn your degree at your own pace while still fulfilling your work and family commitments.
With this degree on your résumé, you can be prepared and qualified to advance your career in such fields as protective services, law and corrections, crime-related prevention and support, security management, and court administration. Plus, you may find what you learn from your current courses immediately applicable to your current position.
Why Choose an Online Criminal Justice Degree from Penn State?
Penn State's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program has been certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) as meeting all ACJS academic certification standards as documented through the ACJS academic certification review process.
This certification underscores the high praise that the online program receives for quality criminal justice instruction. You can feel confident that this program is respected and renowned throughout the industry. And our courses are taught by the same on-campus faculty with real-world experience, who have been trained to teach online.
Your diploma will look no different from the one earned by students on our physical campus.
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Penn State's Online Criminal Justice Curriculum
This criminal justice bachelor's program balances the theoretical and practical aspects of crime control as they relate to adult and juvenile justice. The curriculum includes a prescribed list of bachelor's program courses, upper-level courses in criminal justice, and other general education credits and electives. You may also elect to enhance your degree with the 18-credit Homeland Security Minor, which can prepare you for a number of security positions in the public and private sector.
Course topics include
- introduction to law, policing, and corrections in America
- ethics in criminal justice
- security and police administration
- alternatives to incarceration
- aspects of the juvenile justice system
- concepts of social science research; sociology
Military Grant-in-Aid Benefits for Criminal Justice Students
The Military Grant-in-Aid is an undergraduate program that brings our tuition rate closer to the Department of Defense cap, making a Penn State World Campus quality education more affordable to our military students and spouses. More details, including Grant-In-Aid forms, can be found on the Military Grants and Scholarships page.
- Homeland Security (Undergraduate Minor)
- Organizational Leadership (Bachelor of Science)
- Law and Society (Bachelor of Arts)
- Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Bachelor of Arts)
- Public Administration (Master of Public Administration)
- Homeland Security Base Program (Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security)