Ready to boost your career in criminal justice? Waldorf University has the ideal degree program for you.

Waldorf’s online Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree is designed for those with professional experience in careers such as:

  • Case manager
  • Compliance manager
  • Correctional officer
  • Investigator
  • Juvenile court advocate
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Police officer
  • Probation/parole officer

With Waldorf, you may be able to convert your professional experience from your career in criminal justice into college credits, saving you time and money.

As a student in our BAS in Criminal Justice program, you will deepen your knowledge and skills in the three primary areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and corrections. You will also complete courses in sociology and business to broaden your criminal justice perspective and prepare you for advancement and additional career opportunities.

Please note: Waldorf’s BAS programs are designed for working professionals with significant work experience. If you don’t have significant work experience, you may be better suited to our BS in Criminal Justice degree program.

Why Earn Your Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Degree Online at Waldorf?

Whether your career in criminal justice is relatively new or you are a seasoned professional, earning your BAS in Criminal Justice degree online from Waldorf can open doors and present you with new opportunities for advancement. Whether you aspire to obtain a management or leadership position or you wish to specialize in a particular area, this criminal justice program is a smart choice.

Enhance Your Expertise With a Concentration in Homeland Security

Waldorf’s BAS in Criminal Justice program offers you the opportunity to choose a Concentration in Homeland Security. American awareness of terrorism has increased greatly since the 9-11 attacks. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has become the largest federal law enforcement agency in the United States. In this concentration, you will delve into the workings and operations of DHS, including topics related to:

  • American homeland security
  • Tactical response operations
  • Terrorism
  • Weapons of mass destruction

Earn Your BAS in Criminal Justice Degree Online Around Your Busy Schedule

Working full time, having a family and other obligations can make it seem difficult to fit in obtaining a degree. Waldorf understands, which is why we work hard to make our online BAS in Criminal Justice program flexible, with options for studying full or part time, based on your scheduling needs.

For optimum flexibility and convenience, you will earn your degree online through our highly regarded criminal justice program course content, delivered through the latest interactive technology and remote course delivery systems. While you can complete your studies at your own pace, our system allows you to interact with your professors and classmates, feeling like you are still part of the class.

Learn From Expert Criminal Justice Faculty Professionals 

The best way to deepen your knowledge of the criminal justice system is to learn from experienced professionals based on their extensive careers in criminal justice. Our criminal justice program faculty are practicing professionals in their fields, offering extensive experience that will help you understand the realities of the criminal justice field.

Waldorf’s criminal justice faculty members come from a variety of areas of the criminal justice system, including:

  • Attorneys
  • Judges
  • Juvenile service workers
  • Mental health clinicians
  • Probation and law enforcement officers

Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Degree Curriculum Overview

Your coursework will include foundational courses in criminal justice and related areas, including:

  • Judicial Process
  • Criminology
  • Victimology
  • Mental Health in Crime
  • Criminal Law

Waldorf’s wide variety of criminal justice elective courses allow you to customize your studies to focus on the areas most important to you and your career in criminal justice. A few examples of electives include:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Justice Organization and Administration
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • Management and Supervision Skills for Criminal Justice
  • Probation and Community Corrections

This program is available online only.

Available Concentrations

B.A.S. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the B.A.S. core curriculum (30 Credits)
  • Completion of the required courses in a major field (30 Credits)
  • Completion of additional courses (including any supported courses required by the major in other departments) to a total of 120 credits depending on the major
  • A grade of C or higher in all coursework in the major and, if applicable, in the concentration(s)
  • 2.00 cumulative grade point average for work completed at Waldorf (Some majors may require a cumulative GPA higher than a 2.00)
  • Minimum of 30 upper-division credit hours

Review the complete list of core requirements for this program.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Degree Reequirements

Core Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
Major Requirements 30
CRJ 2000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 2001 Theory and Practice of Law Enforcement 3
CRJ 2200 Theory and Practice of Corrections 3
CRJ 2301 Judicial Process 3
CRJ 2501 Criminology 3
CRJ 3010 Victimology 3
CRJ 3020 Mental Health in Crime 3
CRJ 3601 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 4103 Diversity and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
REL 4035 Life, Meaning, and Vocation 3
Professional Electives* 60
CRJ 2900 Management and Supervision Skills for CJ 3
CRJ 3201 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 3
CRJ 3701 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ 3801 Criminal Evidence and Legal Issues 3
CRJ 3950 Constitutional Law for CJ 3
CRJ 4001 Procedures in the Justice System 3
CRJ 4201 Probation and Community Corrections 3
CRJ 4350 Leadership in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 4701 Criminal Justice Organization and Administration 3
CRJ 4119C Special Topics: Criminology 3
CRJ 4199CJ Special Topics: Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 4199JJ Special Topics: Juvenile Justice 3
POL 1010 American Government 3
BUS 3210 Business Law 3
Grand Total: 120

*Any Waldorf courses may be selected from the catalog to be used as electives, provided that they are not used to satisfy other program requirements. The provided are sample electives. The concentration options listed above may also be used toward elective credits.

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