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Criminology, BS

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Rahila Arshad
rarshad@fsu.edu
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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 2017-2018 as determined on the Student Business Services website. For further questions regarding tuition and fees, please contact the department.

Summer 2018 Course Offerings

  • CCJ4004 Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course introduces students to a global, comparative approach to the study of crime and criminal justice systems, beginning with the discussion of transnational crime and issues related to its measurement and continuing with the study of the four major legal traditions (common law, civil law, socialist law, and Islamic law) and the analysis of specific components of the criminal justice system across the world, including the police, courts, and corrections.
  • CCJ4031 The Individual and Society (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course introduces an understanding of normal human behavior and development in social context.
  • CCJ4938 Special Topics in Criminology (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course content varies as instructors present different developments, problems, and controversies. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours. May be repeated within the same term.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • CCJ3011 Criminology (3)
    This course offers an examination of the field of criminology, including its theories, basic assumptions, and definitions.
  • CCJ4687 Evaluation and Assessment of Victim Services (3)
    This course offers a comprehensive overview of current research in the field and evidence based practices as well as explores the gaps and areas of needed research in victim service program evaluation and assessment.
  • CCJ4700 Introduction to Research Methods in Criminology (3)
    This course covers basic methodological and statistical issues in criminology.
  • CCJ4938 Special Topics in Criminology (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course content varies as instructors present different developments, problems, and controversies. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours. May be repeated within the same term.
  • CJL4038 Law, Society, and the Administration of Justice (3)
    This course examines how law shapes and is shaped by economic relations, morality, social solidarity, state institutions, political domination, democratic governance, and legal consciousness, and how low impacts and is influenced by race, gender, and class relations. The course explores how social groups use law and legal ideology to press their rights to remedy social inequalities and to what extent these groups are successful. Students become familiar with major theoretical traditions in law and society as well as sociological issues such as civil rights, the legislation of morality, and the administration of justice.


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