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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.

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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.

General Education Courses
ENGL 1001 English Composition

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
ENGL 1002 English Composition II

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
FIAR 1001 Introduction to Fine Arts

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
ENGL 2027 Poetry

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
ENGL 2031 The Novel

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
ENGL 2084 Myths, Legends, and Folklore

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
CMST 1061 Communication Fundamentals

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
CMST 2060 Public Speaking

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
HIST 1001 History of Western Civilization I

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
HIST 1003 History of Western Civilization II

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

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2055 American History I

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
HIST 2057 American History II

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
MATH 1021 College Algebra

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
MATH 2011 General Statistics

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
MATH 1029 Contemporary Mathematics

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
BIOL 1001 General Biology I

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
BIOL 1002 General Biology II

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
BIOL 2030 Introduction to Environmental Science

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
PHSC 1001 Physical Science I

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
PHSC 2063 Meteorology

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
CHEM 1001 Intro Chemistry for Non-Science Majors I

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
POLI 2051 American Government

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
PSYC 2000 Introduction to Psychology

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
PSYC 3001 Cultural Diversity

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
SOCL 2001 Introductory Sociology

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Foundation Courses

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

CJUS 3025 Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice

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

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 1107 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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
CJUS 3215 Juvenile Delinquency

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
CJUS 4461 Criminology

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
CJUS 2131 Police Process

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

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 2132 The Judicial Process

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
CJUS 2216 Corrections Process

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
CJUS 3030 Res Meth in Criminal Justice & Criminology

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
CJUS 4018 Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice

Study of constitutional law and its applicability.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3001 Cultural Diversity

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
ENGL 3002 Technical Writing

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
HIST 1001 History of Western Civilization I

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
HIST 1003 History of Western Civilization II

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

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Foundation Electives
BIOL 2030 Introduction to Environmental Science

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
BUSN 1001 Introduction to Business

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
PSYC 2070 Developmental Psychology

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
PSYC 2076 Child Psychology

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
CJUS 2094 Deviance

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

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 4390 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

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
PHIL 2025 Bioethics

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
SOCL 2093 Aging in American Society

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
PHIL 3025 Medical Ethics and Law

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
SOCL 4531 The Aged in Contemporary Society

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

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BLAW 3201 Business Law I

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
KINS 3660 Stress Management

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

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 2265 Criminal Investigation

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
CJUS 2275 Criminal Law

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
CJUS 3206 Industrial and Business Security

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
CJUS 3310 Survey of Forensic Science

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
CJUS 3530 Corrections Within the Community

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
CJUS 3570 Probation and Parole

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
CJUS 4029 Administration of Criminal Justice

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
CJUS 4045 The U.S. Prison System

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
CJUS 4310 Forensic Science Applications

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
CJUS 4476 Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice

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
CJUS 4518 Correctional Institutions & Management

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

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

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.

Upcoming Start Dates:

July 3

Apply by June 5

August 28

Apply by July 24

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 Breakdown

$249.40

Per Credit Hour

$748.20

Per Three Credit Hour Course

Admissions

Are you a first-time freshman or a transfer student? Find out what you need to be admitted.

If you are a Louisiana resident, you must:

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

If you are a transfer student, you must:

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

Note: 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.