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"IF WE COULD FIRST LEARN WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING, WE WOULD BE BETTER ABLE TO JUDGE WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT."

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BA)

School of Social and Human Studies
Atlantic International University


The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BA) program objective is to help students understand the nature and extent of crime and delinquency, and the cause and explanation of criminal behavior. Also the rules of evidence, basic investigative techniques and the philosophy of criminal law are other areas of study. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BA) program is offered online via distance learning. After evaluating both academic record and life experience, AIU staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis. This flexibility to meet student needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our online program does not require all students to take the same subjects/courses, use the same books, or learning materials. Instead, the online Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BA) curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor. It specifically addresses strengths and weaknesses with respect to market opportunities in the student’s major and intended field of work. Understanding that industry and geographic factors should influence the content of the curriculum instead of a standardized one-fits-all design is the hallmark of AIU’s unique approach to adult education. This philosophy addresses the dynamic and constantly changing environment of working professionals by helping adult students in reaching their professional and personal goals within the scope of the degree program.

Important: Below is an example of the topics or areas you may develop and work on during your studies. By no means is it a complete or required list as AIU programs do not follow a standardized curriculum. It is meant solely as a reference point and example. Want to learn more about the curriculum design at AIU? (Course and Curriculum)


Core Courses and Topics in Criminal Justice:

    Corrections, Probation, and Parole
    Police and Society
    Criminology
    Forensic Science
    Criminal Evidence
    Criminal Justice Report Writing
    Constitutional Law
    Concepts of Criminal Law
    Computer Applications
    Juvenile Delinquency
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Procedure
    Business Organization and Management
    Database Management Systems

Orientation Courses:

  • Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
  • Organization Theory (Portfolio)
  • Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
  • Seminar Administrative Development (Book Summary)
  • Seminar Cultural Development (Practical Experience)
  • Seminar International Development (Publications)


Research Project in Criminal Justice:

Bachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5,000 words)
Publication: Each Bachelor of Criminal Justice graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

Career Center Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Job Description Bachelors in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice professionals obtain a basic understanding of the law and the criminal justice system, criminal justice professionals may work in the prevention, enforcement and investigation field as police officers; in the corrections field in a variety of positions; or in the area of providing assistance to victims of violence and trauma.

Skills for Success

  • Those in the profession tend to be physically fit, have strong critical thinking skills, and are able to deal with all kinds of people in crisis. All criminal justice professionals need to be computer literate and have strong writing skills

Employment Opportunities for Criminal Justice

  • Probation Officer
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Paralegal
  • Security Manager
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Data Analyst

Professional Associations

  • Justice Studies Association (JSA)
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)

Resources and Tools

  • Campbell Collaboration's (C2) Crime & Justice Coordinating Group (CCJG)

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