WHY CHOOSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT IW ONLINE?

A Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice is designed to familiarize students with the complex nature of the American criminal justice system. The program includes an overview of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. We strive to provide students with the invaluable ability to think critically and act independently in their careers.

The Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Program is designed to be flexible and convenient to meet the needs of today’s students. Our online classroom allows you 24/7 access to your coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. We are non-profit, regionally accredited, and nationally ranked as one of the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report

  • Eight-week terms with six start dates during the year
  • Learn from faculty with practitioner experience
  • Accept up to 90 transfer credits in transfer
  • Credit awarded for military experience

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH A BACHELOR'S IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Our graduates have rewarding careers throughout the United States and around the world. Join the ranks in careers such as:
  • Parole Office
  • Court Administrator
  • Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Court Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Law Enforcement Administrator
  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff Deputy
  • Jail Administrator
  • Baliff
  • State Patrol

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BACHELOR'S IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted in the Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Program, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Support Courses

An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and theories of sociology. Special attention will be given to examination of individuals and groups in society; social class and conflict; social institutions such as family, education, religion, political organization; and social change. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to explain the above-mentioned social topics and to analyze the dynamics of various social situations.

An introduction to probability and statistics. Students satisfactorily completing this course will demonstrate skills in assignment of probability using permutations and combinations, distributions of random variables and statistics, and large sample theory, introduction to estimation and tests of significance. Includes Excel lab.

This course provides a broad overview of the science of psychology including its main sub-disciplines, such as abnormal psychology, motivation, personality, memory, learning, emotions, therapy and biopsychology. By completing this course, students should be able to demonstrate an increased understanding of themselves and others, show appreciation for the nature and range of the science of psychology, identify the career possibilities that are available in the field of psychology and show themselves proficient in the scientific methods employed in psychological research.

Criminal Justice Core

A survey of the major components of the criminal justice system, including the police, courts, and corrections. Upon successfully completing this course in the bachelor’s in criminal justice program, students will be able to describe the American criminal justice structure and functions, distinguish between consensus and conflict models of the criminal justice system and explain the meaning of due process and equal protection under the law.

This course covers substantive criminal law and criminal procedure. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate the origins of criminal law; identify the elements of various types of crime and defenses to criminal acts; and discuss constitutional protections related to search and seizure, due process, double- jeopardy, rights against self-incrimination, rights to an attorney, rights to a jury trial and court decisions on cruel and unusual punishments.

The juvenile justice system is examined with an emphasis on its difference from the judicial system for adults. This course tracks the historical development of the system and examines the different approaches followed by the court and correctional authorities of various jurisdictions.

Public administration is a broad-ranging and amorphous combination of theory and practice; its purpose is to promote a superior understanding of government and its relationship with the society it governs, as well as to encourage public policies more responsive to social needs and to institute managerial practices attuned to effectiveness, efficiency, and human requirements of the citizenry.

A scientific study of crime and criminal behavior based on classical, neoclassical, positivistic, social process, and structural theories of crime causation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the development of sociological criminology, critically analyze theoretical explanations for crime and articulate research findings on crime.

This course explores the fundamental principles of successful professional communication. Topics included are, how to write business correspondence, job search correspondence, public relations documents and professional reports. Learning include how to define audiences and purpose, designing document layout, as well as writing, revising and proofreading text. Prerequisite ENG 109.

This course provides the student with the core knowledge of constitutional criminal procedure. Topics of study include: Fourth Amendment doctrines such as the exclusionary rule, the search warrant, plain view, arrest, and Terry-stops, and warrant less searches. The focus of the exclusionary rule reflects the areas in which the Supreme Court has been most active in recent years. The conflicting approaches to the application of law evident between justices adhering to the Due Process Model and those following the Crime Control Model will be addressed. Additional topics in the course include the meaning, context, and constitutional foundation of criminal procedure; the right to counsel; rules of interrogation and confession; identification of suspects and entrapment; and the pretrial and trial process.

An overview of the history and contemporary development of the field of corrections. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate philosophies of punishment, discuss correctional law and inmate rights, and evaluate correctional programs to rehabilitate correctional clients.

This course examines the diverse ethical issues frequently encountered in the criminal justice system. Students study the writings of the major theorists who have studied and written in the field of ethics. The writings of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle will be examined, for their intrinsic value and content, as well as their applicability to modern activities in criminal justice. Classic ethical theories will be studied, reviewed, and applied to such varied topics as the application of professional and personal discretion, the appropriate use of force, dimensions of professional responsibility, and proper application of authority. Prerequisites CJ 231 & CJ 307.

This course is designed to provide an analysis of both the community-oriented policing philosophy and its practical application through strategic oriented policing, neighborhood oriented policing and problem oriented policing methods. Additional aspects to be reviewed include the various roles in the systemic approach, organization and management styles of the police department, implementation methods, evaluation methods, and an examination of past and future practices under this new model in policing. Prerequisites CJ 231 & CJ 307.

This course provides students with the fundamental tools for evaluating, designing and implementing basic and applied empirical research within the area of criminal justice. This course will provide students with an introduction to research methods in criminal justice and criminology, with applications to both pure and applied research. The course provides a basic conceptual framework for understanding and interpreting criminal justice research as well as designing, conducting, and evaluating research projects. The association between theories and research methods used in the study of criminal justice is explored through a variety of related data sources. Topics covered include: the principles of research design; problems of inference; survey design; and basic methods of data analysis. Students will obtain hands-on experience in project design and data analysis. Prerequisites CJ231, CJ260, CJ316 & CJ307.

A comprehensive study of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate methods, problems, issues, and challenges of police work; explain the rule of law as it applies to probable cause for arrest, Miranda rights, search and seizure, and the questioning of criminal suspects; and discuss the civil liabilities for civil rights violations and police misconduct.

Wesleyan Studies

Wesleyan Studies is the general education curriculum at IW.
Complete all of the following:
WS 101 Student Success1
ENG 109 College Composition (WI)3
ENG 110 College Research (WI)3
Complete one (1) of the following:
COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking3
BA/COMM 255 Business and Professional Communication3
SM 232 Sports Information and Communication Practices3
ENG 210 Media Lab3

Math

Complete one (1) of the following:
MATH 102 Math for Life3
MATH 171 Elementary Statistics4
MATH 201 Pre-Calculus3
MATH 231 Calculus I4

Science

Complete one (1) of the following:
BIO 201 General Botany4
BIO 211 General Zoology4
BIO 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 260 Ecology and Conservation4
CHEM 175 General Chemistry4
PHYS 210 General Physics 14
Complete three credit hours from two different areas: (*=audition required)
ART 107 Introduction to the Art of Smartphone Photography3
ART 201 Basic Studio & Design 2-D3
ART 203 Art Appreciation3
ART 215 Painting I3
ART 216 Ceramics I3
ART 219 Drawing I3
ART 381 History of Art I3
ART 382 History of Art II3
DMD 109 Survey of Multimedia3
ENG 247 Imaginative Writing3
Any 200 or 300 level English Literature course3
MUS 101/2 Ensembles*1
MUS 103/4 Concert Choir*1
MUS 105/6 SE IA Community Band*1
MUS 107/8 Jazz Big Band*1
MUS 109/110 SE Iowa Symphony*1
MUS 120 Guitar1
MUS 121/2 Private Instruction0.5
MUS 131/2 Beginning Piano1
MUS 221/2 Private Instruction0.5
MUS 225 Survey of Music Literature3
MUS 353 History of Music (to 1750)3
MUS 354 History of Music (1750 to Present)3
PE 107 Dance & Movement3
PHIL 130 Critical Reasoning3
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 215 Ethics for Life & Career3
PHIL 306 Philosophy of Religion3
REL 150 Introduction to World Religions3
REL 300 Religion in West Civilization3
Complete three credit hours from two different areas:
HIST 125 U.S. History Survey, 1607-18773
HIST 126 U.S. History Survey, 1877-Present3
HIST 173 Western Civilization to 13503
HIST 174 Western Civilization since 13503
HIST 320 Ante-Bellum America3
ECN 101 Microeconomics3
ECN 102 Macroeconomics3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology3
SOC/PSYC 205 The Family3
SOC 243 Social Problems3
PSYC 131 General Psychology3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology3
EDUC 296 Educational Psychology3
EDUC 301 Education of Exceptional Person3
EDUC 306 Collaboration and The Family3
SM 102 Sport and Society3
Complete one of the following:
BA 318 Global Business3
CJ 370 Multiculturalism in Criminal Justice3
EDUC 357 Human Relations: Global Perspectives for Educators3
IS 100 Introduction to International3
IS 101 Life and Culture3
NUR/WS 325 Global Health Care3
SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity3

WS 300 Global Issues

WS 320 Leadership and Service

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To graduate from the Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Program you must:

  1. Complete all Wesleyan Studies, support, and major courses and requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0
  2. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, with at least 30 upper-level credits
  3. Complete at least 30 credit hours from Iowa Wesleyan University

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements

FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION

  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Military/Veteran’s Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement/Employer Assistance Programs
  • Payment Plans

Discover more details regarding options to finance your education at Financial Aid Information