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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts

With this Momentum program, instead of attending classes, you’ll work with faculty mentors to demonstrate your mastery in one competency area and move to the next until you complete your degree. Learn more about Momentum.

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice provides you with sound knowledge in the areas of U.S. law enforcement, criminology, investigations, law, and community relations. A wide range of course offerings enable you to focus on juvenile issues, causes of crime and criminal behavior, corrections and incarceration, investigative procedures and techniques, leadership, maritime law, or forensics. This bachelor’s degree will enhance your professional career path if you are currently in the criminal justice field, or can help to prepare you for a new career as a criminologist, agent, or investigator in federal, state or local law enforcement, judicial, and other organizations.

Our criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interactions and an expanded network of criminal justice professionals who are dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation. Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or criminal justice organizations.

Note: for a more in-depth study in forensics, consider our Criminal Justice B.S. degree.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • The U.S. criminal justice system and its administration
  • U.S. law enforcement, criminology, and criminal justice ethics
  • Constitutional law, criminal law, and the criminal justice process
  • Forensic anthropology and evidence collection
  • Sexual crimes and the legal and forensic aspects of rape
  • Juvenile delinquency and the juvenile court system
  • Criminal rehabilitation, reentry, and reintegration into society
  • Drug abuse, domestic violence, and other crimes
  • Human trafficking
  • Principles and issues of business and organizational security

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Recognize and explain the major international, U.S., and localized law enforcement systems and organization.
  • Describe and analyze the political and public administrative aspects of law enforcement organizations.
  • Communicate and apply the major theories and concepts of crime, criminal justice, and criminology.
  • Conduct research associated with criminal justice and criminology theories.
  • Assess the operations, practices, and processes associated with leading standards of evidence and law.


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Admission Requirements

  • All AMU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • All Momentum programs require an associate degree or higher from an accredited college. If you do not have an associate degree, please contact an admissions representative to learn about other options for degree completion.
  • You will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.  

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or


Why study material you already know? With our Momentum option, you can focus on learning new competencies at your pace. We’ll work with you to apply your current knowledge and develop your personalized learning plan and course resources. Instead of attending classes, you’ll master new subject areas and move directly into the next without waiting for a new term to begin, with subject matter experts and a faculty mentor guiding you along the way.

Momentum programs are ideal if you’re highly motivated, have some expertise in your subject area, and can commit to 16-20 hours per week to your studies.

Visit our Momentum page for more details about competency-based education programs.

Momentum Pricing

Momentum programs are priced at a flat rate of $2,500 per 16-week term. This means, the more competencies you complete each term, the more you can save on the total cost of your degree. To make this cost effective, we recommend you complete no less than 15 competencies per term. At this time, Momentum programs are not eligible for financial aid including military TA or veterans benefits. You will be asked to pay the $2,500 with a credit card or check when you register for each term.

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Program Competencies

CMRJ201 - Criminal Justice Administration

SSGS300A - Research Design and Methods

CMRJ100 - Introduction to Law Enforcement

CMRJ101 - Evidence and Procedures

CMRJ303 - Criminology

LSTD301 - Constitutional Law

LSTD302 - Criminal Law

  • LSTD302A - Criminal and Civil Law

    Apply the tenets of criminal and civil law to explain the concepts related to both including an explanation of how they differ. 

  • LSTD302B - Federal and State Court Systems

    Illustrate the roles of federal and state government court systems describing how they are used in interpreting and applying the Constitution and formulating case law.

  • LSTD3023C - Classification of Crime

    Deconstruct crime by providing classifications of the types of crime (including those against property, persons, the public and the government), elements involved in crime, and how one becomes party to a crime.

LSTD400 - Criminal Legal Process

CMRJ302 - U.S. Law Enforcement

CMRJ316 - Corrections and Incarceration

CMRJ308 - Ethics in Criminal Justice

CMRJ306 - Criminal Investigation

CMRJ205 - Rape and Sexual Violence

CMRJ206 - Juvenile Delinquency

CMRJ329 - Criminal Profiling

CMRJ202 - Stress Management in Law Enforcement

CMRJ203  - Patrol Methodologies & Community Policing

CMRJ341 - Criminalistics

CMRJ324 - The History of Organized Crime

CMRJ335 - Crime Analysis