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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Online Program

This B.S. in Criminal Justice online degree program thoroughly prepares you for careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile justice administration, and private sector security. Some graduates choose to go to graduate school or law school.

About the Program

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Completion time varies due to incoming credits
120 credit hours
$249.40 per credit hour

A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program offers you a solid foundation of knowledge in the criminal justice system, as well as a wide array of electives, including administration courses, forensics, private and industrial security and correctional management.

In LSUA's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice online you will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the field of law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile delinquency.
  • Be able to solve problems and work effectively with other criminal justice professionals and citizens.
  • Learn to communicate, both verbally and in writing, in a criminal justice context.

Online Courses

Coursework in this 120-hour online B.S. in Criminal Justice focuses on factual material, internet-based research, and critical thinking skills. In some courses, application of knowledge will include hands-on activities or projects. Students must complete 39 hours of General Education Courses—ENGL (6), Social Science (6), Math (6), Natural Sciences (10), Humanities (9), & Fine Arts (3). CMIS (1),* 39 hours of Foundation Courses, as well as Foundation Electives.

*Students may opt to complete the CCE, transfer in a comparable credit. Must refer to LSUA for exam details.

Course Listing

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 0092. ENGL 1001 offers an introduction to composition and analysis of the essay and its rhetorical strategies. A grade of "C" or higher required to advance to ENGL 1002.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in English 1001. The study and practice of rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking, culminating in the research paper. A grade of "C" or higher is required to advance to all sophomore English courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the fundamental problems and concepts of art in the fields of design, sculpture, graphics, painting, and ceramics as they relate to the home, community, religion, commerce, and industry. Discussions, lectures, outside readings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and uses of poetry over time and across cultures. [CENL 2313]

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and development of the novel over time and across cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of myths, legends, and folklore and their relationship to narrative patterns in literature. May include examples from non-Western cultures, such as Native American, Asian, African, and Islamic cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication, with opportunities for communication skills acquisition and practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of materials, and delivery skills. Creation and presentation of speeches and analysis of other speakers.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies in Western Civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation Era.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies of Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the present.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from the earliest times to 1865. Topics include interactions between Europeans, Indians, and Africans in America; the impact of English colonial developments; American slavery; causes and consequences of the American Revolution; development of antebellum America; foreign policy and territorial expansion in North America; and the American Civil War.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from 1865 to present. Topics include Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, Progressivism, Twentieth-Century American foreign policy and wars, the Great Depression and New Deal, the Cold War and civil rights movement, and contemporary domestic and foreign policy developments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog, or a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 0092, or permission of the department. Functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations; and inequalities. A graphing calculator is required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1021, MATH 1023 or MATH 1313; or permission of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Graphical display of data; descriptive statistics; probability; the normal distribution; standard scores; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing based on one sample; regression; and correlation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 1021. A survey of practical mathematics for non-science majors. Topics can be chosen from—but not limited to—sets, logic, number systems, number theory, geometry, finance, graph theory, voting, and mathematics history.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021. An introduction to biological principles including scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1201 to meet a degree's requirement.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: BIOL 1001. A taxonomic survey of living organisms (bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals) and viruses. Includes study of structure and functions of organs and systems with emphasis on advanced plants and vertebrates. Also covers basic evolutionary and ecological principles and reinforces use of the scientific process. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1202 to meet a degree's requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1002. Basic ecological principles related to populations, communities, and ecosystems. The scientific approach to environmental issues and society's response to these issues are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: eligibility for MATH 1021. A non-technical survey course covering a broad range of topics in the field of chemistry and physics. It is not intended for students who wish to pursue further work in chemistry or physics, and may not be substituted for basic courses covering these areas of science.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 1021 or MATH 1313. Atmospheric processes and how they contribute to resulting weather events; current weather observations and forecasting techniques; severe events; weather service of NOAA.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Fundamentals of chemistry covering the basic topics of general, inorganic, organic, nuclear, and biochemistry. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 1201 to meet a degree's requirements. [CCEM 1003/1103] Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of American government with emphasis on the national government. Topics include constitutional development, federal-state relationships, electoral politics, law, public policy and civic responsibility.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001. A survey course with emphasis on introducing the student to the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

In addition to foundation requirements, student must also take ENGL 3002, PSYC 3000/4000 Level and 3 hours of Humanities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A look at leadership and ethical issues faced in a criminal justice setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to criminal justice, its historical and philosophical background; its organizations, agencies, and processes; the development of modern practices; and its role in a democratic society.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the problems of juvenile delinquency with emphasis on theories, preventive programs, juvenile law, courts, treatment, and current problems in the juvenile justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A general introduction to the sociological study of crime including theories of crime causation, their relationship to society, and the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the role, scope, organization, and management of police agencies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the role, function, and structure of the courts and their relationship to the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the American correctional process with emphasis on the development of current correctional programs and practices, modern rehabilitative processes, and community-based correctional efforts. Focus is also given to the roles of the correctional system and its interrelation with the other components of the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic research skills and methodologies will be explored through a thorough examination of the works of the criminal justice researchers and criminologists.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of constitutional law and its applicability.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Training in the advanced writing and research skills required of practicing professionals in technical fields, including technical writing style, professional culture, technical definition and description, document analysis, primary and secondary research, Internet research, and document and graphic design.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies in Western Civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation Era.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies of Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the present.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1002. Basic ecological principles related to populations, communities, and ecosystems. The scientific approach to environmental issues and society's response to these issues are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey course designed to present an overview of the operation of the business firm and acquaint the student with phases of business organizations and operations and guide them in their occupational choice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001 and PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A life span survey of psychological changes (social, emotional, & intellectual) in development from conception to death.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. Study of the physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development of the child.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction of the study of deviance in American society, its implications, functions, and dysfunctions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit when topics change. Examination of the literature and analysis of current issues relevant in criminal justice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Defining health and disease; deciding on rights, duties, and obligations in the patient-physician relationship; abortion and the concept of a person; defining and determining death; euthanasia and the dignity of death; allocation of medical resources, both large-scale and small-scale; experimentation with fetuses, children, prisoners, and animals; genetic testing, screening, and interference.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of social and cultural aspects of aging with particular emphasis upon American society and the problems encountered by older persons.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of various ethical and legal issues that arise in professions with responsibility for management of the care of the elderly.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Social, demographic, psychological, cultural, and health factors related to the aging process in contemporary society.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of general elementary law, contracts, principal and agent, employer and employees, negotiable instruments, partnerships and corporations, bailments, sales, mortgages, torts, insurance, real estate, and bankruptcy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Sources of stress; evaluation of stress-related diseases; techniques for promoting stress reduction; prevention of stress-related diseases.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course in the aspects of law enforcement investigations, interviews, confessions, use of written notes and statements, case preparations, trial preparation and procedures; police patrol, an analysis of pertinent court decisions and problems, and methods of coping with current emergency situations confronting law enforcement.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course in the substantive criminal law that includes definition of law, definition of crime, general principles of criminal responsibility, elements of major crimes, punishments, conditions or circumstances that may excuse from criminal responsibility or mitigate punishment, the court systems of Louisiana and the United States, basic concepts of criminal law with emphasis on the penal law of the State of Louisiana.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the basic problems, procedures and needs in the field of security work. A comparison of private agencies, hotels, retail, and industrial enterprises which handle their own security with private and public security organizations. Emphasis is given to the role of private, industrial, and business security systems and their relationship to the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of those fields of basic and applied science which have been specifically adapted to legal proof. Emphasis will be placed on the procedures used to examine both persons and physical evidence and the rules of admissibility applicable to the results of such procedures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth study of correctional programs and practices that function outside the traditional institutional setting. Survey of community corrections in terms of historical contributions; legal, social, and ethical considerations; professionalism; roles of staff, administration, and community resources in relationships among and between the community systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the theory and practice of probation and parole as a function of the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of principles of organization, administration and functional interrelation of criminal justice agencies. An evaluation of personnel policies, divisions, operations, management procedures and policies, along with evaluations of each agency as part of a system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A thorough review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). A review of the different levels of institutions, prison policies, and practices of the BOP.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the field of forensic science as it pertains to the police investigations and Criminal Justice career professionals. New applications and technology will be introduced along with the study of the appropriate tools to use in given evidentiary situations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the role of minorities in the criminal justice system: as victims, as offenders; as defendants; as prisoners; as employees; and as professionals. Addresses the changing role of women as criminal justice professionals within the framework of conflict theory. Additional topics include causes and prevention of violence and sexual harassment in the criminal justice workplace.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of the structure and function staffing, prison operations, the convict world, prison violence, and jails.

Calendar

Louisiana State University of Alexandria offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Start Date Calendar

Start Date Course End Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
10/23/2017 12/10/2017 9/25/2017 10/2/2017 10/16/2017 10/19/2017
1/15/2018 3/4/2018 11/30/2017 12/18/2017 1/8/2018 1/10/2018
3/12/2018 4/29/2018 2/12/2018 2/26/2018 3/5/2018 3/7/2018
5/7/2018 6/24/2018 4/9/2018 4/23/2018 4/30/2018 5/2/2018
7/2/2018 8/19/2018 6/4/2018 6/18/2018 6/25/2018 6/27/2018
8/27/2018 10/14/2018 7/30/2018 8/13/2018 8/20/2018 8/22/2018
10/22/2018 12/9/2018 9/24/2018 10/8/2018 10/15/2018 10/17/2018

Withdrawal Calendar

Term Start Date Last Day to Drop Without W Last Day to Withdraw 100% Refund
Fall 3 10/23/2017 10/24/2017 11/27/2017 10/24/2017
Spring 2 1/15/2018 1/16/2018 2/19/2018 1/16/2018
Spring 3 3/12/2018 3/13/2018 4/16/2018 3/13/2018
SUMMER 2 5/7/2018 5/8/2018 6/11/2018 5/8/2018
SUMMER 3 7/2/2018 7/3/2018 8/6/2018 7/3/2018
FALL 2 8/27/2018 8/28/2018 10/1/2018 8/28/2018
FALL 3 10/22/2018 10/23/2018 11/26/2018 10/23/2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

LSUA has some of the best tuition rates in the region to make your education affordable and accessible. LSUA staff can help you locate additional funding opportunities that can assist you with your financial needs.

Tuition

Total program cost varies due to incoming credits.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course Total Program Cost
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice $249.40 $748.20 Varies

Additional Fees

$20 Application Fee.

$50 Online Program Fee.

The Online Program fee is assessed per course and used for funding services directly related to the online programs including online tutoring, academic assistants, faculty training, and course development. Additional fees may apply. LSUA reserves the right to increase fees at any time

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who need it. Follow the steps below to get started.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a federal application that will qualify you for any grants, loans, or other financial benefits. You can apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please include LSUA’s school code: 002011. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Management Office at 318-473-6423 for an appointment.
  • LSUA should receive your information within 3 weeks of an electronic submission of the FAFSA. Once we receive your information, you will receive a letter from our Financial Aid Management office. You may need to provide our office with additional information. If you do, please return the requested information as soon as possible so that we can process your financial aid request.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to receive federal financial aid (grants, loans, or federal work study funds), students must make satisfactory academic progress.

  • Student's cumulative GPA must be at or above a 2.0.
  • Student must have earned 70% of the total credits they have attempted at any post-secondary education institution whose credits are accepted as transfer at LSU of Alexandria.
  • Student cannot attempt more than 150% of the credits required for the degree they are seeking. Courses that have been withdrawn (received a grade of W) AND courses that have been bankrupted count in total attempted hours.
  • Students who do not meet these requirements may submit an appeal to the financial aid appeals committee.
  • For more information regarding the financial aid process, please contact the Financial Aid Management office at 318-473-6423 or e-mail financialaid@lsua.edu.

Admissions

To be admitted to the LSUA Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice online program, applicants must meet the following admission requirements.

First-Time Freshmen

Louisiana Resident Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Completion of LA Core 4 Curriculum, or its equivalent at time of high school graduation
  • High school GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Require no Developmental Courses
  • Either 2.0 GPA, or greater in Core Courses, or ACT Composite of 20* or greater

Requirements for no Developmental Courses

English:

  • ACT English subscore of 18 or higher
  • SAT Reading Score of 450 or higher
  • COMPASS Writing Score of 68 or higher

Mathematics:

  • ACT Math subscore of 19 or higher
  • SAT Math subscore of 460 or higher
  • COMPASS Algebra Score of 40 or higher

*SAT equivalent: Math + Reading = 940 or higher


Non-Louisiana Residents and Home School Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Meet requirements above or
  • Complete 17 of 19 required units in HS, have a 2.0 or greater HS GPA, require no Developmental Courses, and ACT Composite of 20, or
  • ACT Composite of 23 or greater, or SAT Combination of Math and Reading of a 1050, and require no Developmental Courses (see requirements above)

Transfer Students

  • Must have earned 12 non-developmental course hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Must have completed a college-level English and Math course designed to fulfill general education requirements.

*Students transferring with fewer than 12 non-developmental hours, or students transferring from schools not regionally accredited, must have at least a 2.0 college GPA and meet First-Time Freshmen criteria.