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Criminology, BS

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Rahila Arshad
rarshad@fsu.edu
(850) 644-6676

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Your mind is 21st century's most important crime-fighting tool. There is no such thing as a robotic response to crime, which is why our students are taught to be critical, independent thinkers and learn from expert faculty.

Our online bachelor's degree program in criminology offers students the flexibility to remain employed and the opportunity to work with nationally known professors who are leaders in the field. It is required that you have completed the associate of arts degree prior to entering the program.

Accreditation

Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Students are able to complete an optional internship, for more information please contact the department.

Time to Completion

Most students complete the bachelor's degree within 3 to 4 years.

Careers

Career options for a bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice vary widely. Some of the most popular careers include law enforcement officer, social services caseworker, victim's advocate, corporate security specialist, private investigator, or crime intelligence analyst.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • CCJ2020 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
    This course is designed to provide freshman and sophomore students with knowledge of terminology, classification systems, trends, and theories of criminal justice.
  • CCJ3011 Criminology (3)
    This course offers an examination of the field of criminology, including its theories, basic assumptions, and definitions.
  • CCJ4700 Introduction to Research Methods in Criminology (3)
    This course covers basic methodological and statistical issues in criminology.

Students are advised to take CCJ4700 once they are comfortable with the online format of the program at FSU and have completed a few criminology courses due to course difficulty of the Research Methods course.

Total Credit Hours

36

Prerequisites

Associate of Arts Degree from a Florida public institution, or completion of FSU's liberal studies requirements, and completion of the oral competency requirement.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Fees

The cost of this program is $315 per credit hour distance learning fee plus applicable fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as determined on the Student Business Services website. For further questions regarding tuition and fees, please contact the department.

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

  • CCJ2020 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
    This course is designed to provide freshman and sophomore students with knowledge of terminology, classification systems, trends, and theories of criminal justice.
  • CCJ3011 Criminology (3)
    This course offers an examination of the field of criminology, including its theories, basic assumptions, and definitions.
  • CCJ4614 Criminal and Delinquent Behavior (3)
    This course is an examination of patterns of criminal and delinquent behaviors in the light of theories and classification concepts.
  • CCJ4938a Special Topic - Ethics in Crime and Justice (3)
    This course offers a comprehensive, and balanced coverage of ethics across all three arms of the criminal justice system: the police, the courts, and corrections. It covers the philosophical principles and theories that are the foundation of ethical decision-making, as well as highlight the latest challenges and issues in criminal justice. These include but are not limited to the militarization of the police, mass imprisonment, wrongful convictions, the misuse of power by elected officials and/or other public servants, and more. The course provides students interested in studying or contemplating a career in criminal justice with a wealth of understanding about ethics in criminal justice decision-making.
  • CCJ4938b Special Topic - Media in Crime Victimization (3)
    This course will examine how the news media cover crime and victimization impacts the criminal justice system and crime victims.
  • CJE3110 Law Enforcement (3)
    This course provides an advanced survey of law enforcement concentrating on the police, and places emphasis on functions (law enforcement, order maintenance, public service) and responsibilities (e.g., preservation of constitutional rights, community relations), including organizational and management aspects.


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