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Your road map to success begins at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice (SCCJ) faculty delivers outstanding online instruction at the undergraduate level with courses that meet national benchmarks for quality. For those that are dedicated to a pathway of excellence and distinction, your journey begins here.

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.


The Criminal Justice curriculum requires a minimum of 120 credits.To earn the degree, students must complete all of the University degree requirements in the Degree Requirements section of the 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 . 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. Juniors and seniors can take CCJ 2002; however, it will not be applied to the 30-credit degree requirement (i.e., it will be applied toward the 30 credits to 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. To be certified as completing the requirements for the Criminal Justice major, students must successfully complete the statistics prerequisite (STA 2023 or STA 3163). Additionally, the last 30 upper division credits (3000/4000-level courses) must be earned at FAU.

To earn a bachelor of arts degree from a state university in Florida, students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the college level. Earning college credit at the Language 2 level (courses such as FRE 1121 or SPN 1121) satisfies this mandate. Students meeting the FAU foreign language admission requirement with two years of high school language have not satisfied the graduation requirement. Students must demonstrate additional proficiency either by earning Language 2-level college credit or by satisfying the requirement through other means, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam.

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

Required Electives
:  21 credits
Choose 4 – seven of the following elective courses (all of the listed courses are available online. Additional electives are offered on campus).

Course # Course Name Credits
CCJ 3666 Victimology 3
CCJ 4644 White Collar Crime 3
CJE 4174 International Criminal Justice Systems  3
CCJ 2002 Law, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System
(Note: only students who enter FAU as freshmen can count this course toward the 30 credit requirements)
CCJ 4934 Immigration and Crime (Special Topics) 3
CCJ 4934 Drugs and Crime (Special Topics) 3
CJE 4668 Computer Crime 3
CJE 4444 Crime Prevention 3
CJE 4663 Crime Analysis 3
DSC 4012 Terrorism 3
CCJ 4361 Death Penalty  3
CCJ 4623 Studying Violence  3
CCJ 4670 Women and Criminal Justice 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
CCJ 4662 Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 4450 Criminal Justice Management 3
CCJ 4679 Violence in Relationships 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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