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Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice, BA

Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Pursue Criminal Justice with an Education in Criminal Law and the Legal System! 

The online Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice program from Lindenwood University explores the extent, nature, and causes of crime, as well as the functions of the criminal justice system. The core of the bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice online program focuses on the role of the police, courts, and corrections and how these agencies serve the victim, the offender, and the community.  

As you learn relevant statistics and research methods, you will develop an understanding of how crime is measured and its related theories. Our online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice program teaches you how crime is defined, its trends and patterns, and the development and evolution of criminal law. In addition, your online bachelor’s degree in criminology coursework will explore how criminological theories are applied to public policy and practice. 

Throughout the duration of the bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice degree program, you will learn from criminology and criminal justice faculty who are experienced professionals connected to the community. 

Program at a Glance

2-4 years

Duration

120

Credit Hours

$495

Cost per Credit

100%

Online

Course Spotlight

The bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice online coursework can develop your approach to the fundamentals of criminal justice theory and application. Gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills across law enforcement, enhanced through key topics such as the following:  

  • Police Academy Preparatory
  • The Juvenile Justice System
  • Comparative Crime and Justice Studies
  • Criminal Justice Ethics

Essential Skills & Insights

Coursework in this bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice program covers the following: 

  • Analytical Decision-Making – prepare to base decisions in a solid understanding of criminal justice procedures, criminal behavior and more.  
  • Communications – develop high-level communications aptitude across verbal and written communications.  
  • Management Skills  – advance your approach to problem-solving and decision-making.  
  • Transferrable Learning – learning is immediately applicable to your workplace while you earn your degree. 

Career Outlook

Graduates have the opportunity to impact the pursuit of criminal justice in roles such as police officer and detective. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), police and detectives can earn $66,020 annually. Additional career paths include Intelligence Analyst, Probation Officer, Corrections Officer and Customs Agent.  

Admissions Requirements

For admission to your online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology program, you will need to complete your online application and submit the following documents: 

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
    All colleges and universities previously attended. If you have fewer than 24 college credits, you will need to submit your official high school transcript.

If cumulative college GPA is below a 2.0, the following will also be required:

  • Résumé
  • Letter of intent/personal statement
    (1–2 page document indicating your interest in the program and Lindenwood)

Lindenwood Community Partner Student Advantage

Lindenwood partners with the community wherever possible to help our students make the most of their education. Our partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police allows us to extend a scholarship for 20 percent off instructional fees for the online bachelor’s degree in criminology program for Fraternal Order of Police members and their dependents.  

Tuition

The cost per credit hour for this bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice program is $495. Besides being ranked ranked No. 17 on Niche.com’s list of Best Value Colleges in Missouri, we build in unique benefits such as our 20 percent discount per credit hour for returning alumni pursuing their master’s degree. 

Transfer Credits

Lindenwood offers a generous transfer policy of up to 90 credits toward your degree completion to further offset tuition costs. This means you can complete your degree in as few as 30 credit hours at Lindenwood—saving you time and money on your education!  

Another benefit of our transfer credit program is our Prior Learning Credit opportunity, which lets you earn credit based on your prior education and/or work experiences. Undergraduate and graduate students can qualify for this advantage.   

Plus, you can personalize your transfer experience through Lindenwood’s Transfer Guides. These guides are part of our articulation partnerships with area community college to help you get the most value from your transfer credit. 

Interested in discovering related programs? Explore the following programs to find the best fit for your future: 

If you aren’t sure which program is right for you, filling out the form on this page and speaking to a Lindenwood representative is the best way to determine your path forward!  

Frequently Asked Questions

Criminology seeks to answer primarily who will commit crimes and who will become the victim of crimes. At Lindenwood University, our Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice online program offers insights that help us understand criminal behaviors as well as the justice system to better commit and perform in careers for law enforcement, public safety, and crime prevention.

It’s important to understand the criminal justice job field and determine whether you are a good fit for a role in this industry. The criminal justice field is broad and offers opportunities for career paths in corrections, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, and more.

With a criminal justice degree you can pursue a number of careers, including police officer, detective, corrections officer, emergency management director, homeland security operations, and much more!

First, it’s important to understand what aspect of criminal justice you want to work in, as this field is wide and covers everything from law enforcement to corrections to government intelligence more. Once you’ve decided on your path, education is the next step. Although there are opportunities to enter the criminal justice or criminology fields with a high school diploma, a degree is required in some areas. For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation requires applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree. Also, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that a significant number of police officers and detectives hold bachelor’s degrees.

If you prefer a more flexible learning experience, an online bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice might suit you. An online degree program lets you complete your studies wherever it works best for you – and around your schedule.

Why Choose Lindenwood University Online?

Since 1832, Lindenwood University has served students worldwide with affordable, high-quality academic programs providing real experience and real success. After nearly 200 years of academic excellence, Lindenwood is committed to a set of core values, including integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and community.

Quality

Quality

We evolve our online degree programs to reflect the latest in academic research and innovation and to meet the top standards of higher education.

Affordability

Affordability

We are committed to offering our students studying online low tuition rates on top of multiple ways to save on your education.

Career-Focused

Career-Focused

Our programs align curriculum to industry realities from experienced instructors who share real-world insights.

Support

Support

We employ experts who are dedicated to helping our students with financial aid planning, enrollment counseling, tutoring services, and more.

We are committed to helping you succeed.

Throughout each step of your online degree program, you will receive support. From enrollment and tuition planning to staying on the right track, your support team is there to ensure your success.

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