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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science Degree

A career in criminal justice can support your deep-rooted values of honesty, integrity and justice. The Bellevue University Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree is designed to develop an in depth knowledge of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, corrections and the courts.

Bellevue University offers this accelerated Bachelor's in Criminal Justice degree online, as well as in-class. The curriculum emphasizes contemporary social issues, criminal behavior analysis, legal and ethical principles, strategic management, and policy development. You will apply critical thinking to key issues, to case studies involving ethical dilemmas, and examine criminal data, associated procedural laws, and public policy.

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Courses in the major include:

This course provides a foundation and overview of the diverse discipline of criminal justice. The focus is on the development of the criminal justice system and its primary concepts and theories. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course provides an examination of the Constitutional underpinnings of criminal law as it applies to the field of criminal justice. Special focus is devoted to an overview of the American court system, specific elements of crime, and a review of the policies and procedures that influence law in America. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course addresses ethical issues in criminal justice at both the theoretical and applied levels. Special emphasis is given to an examination of the relationship among ethical principles, moral judgments, and normative judgments. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course provides a critical analysis of the nature and extent of crime in society. Special emphasis is placed on offense types and crime trends, social and policy factors affecting crime, and the impact of crime on the operation of the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course focuses on the underlying sociological, biological, and psychological explanations for criminal behavior and provides an overview of victimization patterns, causal factors and the consequences of victimization. Particular attention is paid to an examination of deviant and criminal behavior characteristics, the treatment of victims by the criminal justice system and the relationship between offenders and victims. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course focuses on the contemporary theories of operations management in criminal justice with an emphasis on strategic planning. Specific management concepts including resource management and interagency communication and collaboration are explored. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course examines the impact of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the policies and practices of criminal justice agencies. Rules of evidence, search and seizure, custodial rights, and the associated procedural laws are emphasized. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course focuses on problems of social justice, the meaning of justice in a diverse society, and issues of social inequality. Emphasis is placed on exploring the notion of social ills as precursors to criminal behavior and the possible prophylactic measures to alter those behaviors. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course focuses on the comprehensive analysis of the criminal justice system through the integration of case study, research, and critical thinking. Specific emphasis is given to criminological theory, data analysis and integrity, understanding crime problems, urban issues, strategic planning and relevant literature review. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Criminal Justice (CJUS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University's four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.

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