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The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice provides students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, law and the legal system for juveniles and adults in American society, and the decision processes of criminal justice agencies. A Criminal Justice major is broadly educated within a general education framework in the liberal arts and also provided with courses that directly apply to careers within the criminal and juvenile justice systems and the study of law. The baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice provides the student with a suitable foundation for graduate study in criminal justice, criminology, public administration, and other graduate school programs.


To earn the degree, students must complete all of the degree requirements of the University described in the Degree Requirements section of the University Catalog.

The program for Criminal Justice consists of 30 credits of 3000/4000-level course work. Students who begin FAU as freshmen are required to take CCJ 2002 as a prerequisite to 3000/4000-level criminal justice courses. In this case, CCJ 2002 will apply toward the 30-credit requirement. The remaining 30 credits may be taken from electives throughout the various colleges in the University. No more than 42 credits in the major may be counted toward the degree. Additionally, the last 30 upper division credits (3000/4000-level courses) must be earned at FAU.

A “C” or better grade is required in all Criminal Justice coursework being applied towards the degree, up to and including courses within the 42 credit maximum.

All of the following courses are available as fully online courses.

Core Courses:  9 credits
Take all of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
CCJ 3014 Criminology 3
CCJ 4054 Ethics in the Justice System 3
CCJ 4700 Methods of Research in the Criminal Justice System (requires STA 2023 or STA 3163 as a prerequisite) 3


Restricted Electives:  9 credits
Choose 3 of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
CCJ 4450 Criminal Justice Management 3
CJC 4310 Corrections  3
CJE 3692C Criminal Justice Technology 3
CJE 4352 Policing in America 3
CJJ 4010 Juvenile Justice Administration 3
CJL 4510 Judicial Administration and the Criminal Courts 3


Electives: 12 credits
Choose 4 of the following courses (all of the listed courses are available online. Additional electives are offered on campus).  Students call also chose additional classes (beyond the 3 required) from the courses in the Restricted Electives category (above) to count toward the Electives:                                                                

Course # Course Name Credits
CCJ 3666 Victimology 3
CCJ 4644 White Collar Crime 3
CJE 4174 International Criminal Justice Systems 3
CJE 4444 Crime Prevention 3
CJE 4663 Crime Analysis 3
DSC 4012 Terrorism 3

Sample Careers

  • Crime Analyst
  • Local and Federal Law Enforcement
  • Corrections Officer
  • Victim Advocate
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
  • Parole or Probation Officer

Tranferring from Broward College?

Here’s a easy to follow flight plan for the Broward student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university as a junior:

Download the Criminal Justice Transfer Plan – Associate of Arts 1010 PDF

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Degree Details
College CDSI
Degree type B.A.
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed to graduate 120 (30 in CJ program)
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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