Criminal Justice, B.A. Overview
The online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of West Florida covers current theories and trends in the criminal justice system, policing, courts, corrections and research design. You can graduate with experience in the field if you choose an internship as your senior capstone experience.
You’ll learn from faculty who have taught online for many years. They design innovative coursework for our online criminal justice degree to establish a strong connection with you and your peers. This engagement fosters a great learning experience and maximizes learning outcomes.
The curriculum in our online criminal justice degree prepares you for the career you’re interested in with a variety of electives that address current issues and specializations in the field. These include juvenile justice, community corrections, cybercrimes, gangs, drugs, forensic science, criminal investigation, homeland security, terrorism and more. You’ll graduate with the specific knowledge you need for the role you want.
If you know that graduate school is in your future, you may consider our accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program and complete up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework as an undergraduate student — saving you time and money. We also offer express admission to our master’s programs for high-performing UWF undergraduates.
Candidates for This Program Include:
- Students who want to earn a degree to start or advance their careers in the criminal justice field
- Students who are dedicated to earning a degree and need a flexible learning option
- Those who want to take advantage of the variety of electives offered to support their career goals
You Will Be Able To:
- Use the appropriate criminological perspectives to explain major types of crime
- Interpret and evaluate policies and practices of the criminal justice system
- Form solutions to issues by applying proper research techniques
- Communicate criminal justice concepts in a professional manner
- Demonstrate ethical behavior in academic and professional activities
Courses and Requirements
UWF’s online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice includes a total of 120 credit hours, up to 90 of which may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. After completing 60 general education credit hours, which include recommended lower-division prerequisite courses, you will complete 60 credit hours in criminal justice, which can include up to six internship credit hours.
- CCJ 3014 - Criminology
3 Credit Hours
Examines the causes, types, and patterns of crime in society. Major schools of thought and current research are introduced, compared, and contrasted in the study of crime and its social context.
- CCJ 3024 - Criminal Justice System
3 Credit Hours
Criminal Justice System
"Introductory analysis of the American criminal justice system. Structure, organization and process of the criminal justice system, the roles and responsibilities of criminal justice professionals, and the dynamics of the justice system in a democratic society. Additional focus will be on academic writing, APA formatting, searching and using scholarly references. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement."
- CCJ 4700 - Research Design in Criminal Justice
3 Credit Hours
Research Design in Criminal Justice
"Designed to give students an understanding of the basic principles and practices of empirical research as they are practiced in criminal justice and to enhance students' critical thinking skills with respect to criminal justice programs and proposals. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement."
- CJC 4010 - Corrections
3 Credit Hours
Basic analysis of correctional systems in the United States. Focus is on widely held conceptions of punishment, physical design and organizational structures of prison facilities, community based correctional options, the death penalty and the evaluation of correctional research. Other topics of interest include sentencing policy, key issues faced by prison administrators and prisoners as well as the role of the victim in corrections.
- CJE 4110 - Policing
3 Credit Hours
Analysis of the role of and challenges to policing in a democratic society. Examination of contemporary and historical influences on police policy, personnel, and organization. Discussion of police function within society.
- CJL 3510 - Courts
3 Credit Hours
Examination of the judicial component of the criminal justice system. Analysis of structure, procedures, and personnel of American courts. General discussion of the political and social influences on the judicial process and organization.
- CCJ 4939 - Criminal Justice Seminar
3 Credit Hours
Criminal Justice Seminar
This capstone class is a comprehensive and critical review of the criminal justice curriculum with a focus on contemporary issues. This seminar will help students explore and prepare for a career in criminal justice and/or graduate education. Students are provided the opportunity to explore current criminal justice issues and criminal justice careers through an integration of knowledge gained in the criminal justice curriculum. Students will demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
- CCJ 4940 - Criminal Justice Internship
1.0-6.0 Credit Hours
Criminal Justice Internship
"Internship in field of criminal justice intended to give field observation and experience. This internship is a cooperative effort between the criminal justice program at the University of West Florida and public or private community agencies. The purpose of the internship is to give students the opportunity to apply their education to actual work situations. The student works under the supervision of an agency professional. A 3 credit hour internship may be used to satisfy the capstone experience in the criminal justice core requirements."
- CCJ 3014 - Criminology
Students must complete sufficient 3000/4000-level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000-level, whichever is greater.
Choose a total of 21 credit hours of criminal justice (CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJL, CJJ, DSC) 3000/4000-level elective coursework. You can satisfy up to six hours of this requirement with service learning, internship and/or directed study courses. When the criminal justice internship is taken as part of the core requirements, it will not count in this category.
Choose a total of 12 credit hours of supporting coursework, including a minimum of six semester hours of 3000/4000-level courses. These courses can be selected with your advisor’s approval to meet your individual needs and objectives.
To be considered for admission to UWF’s online bachelor’s in criminal justice program, you must:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25
- Successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better
How to Apply
To apply for admission to this program, you first need to submit an application for undergraduate admission (plus a $30 application fee) and be admitted to the University of West Florida. In addition, you must:
- Submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended whose accrediting agency is included on the list of UWF approved accrediting agencies
- Submit ACT or SAT scores
- Complete the residency application form for tuition purposes
- Complete the departmental application form
Have questions about this program or the admissions process? Contact our undergraduate admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costs & Financial Aid
|In-State Tuition||$218.98 per credit hour||$26,277.60|
|In-State Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90)||$218.98 per credit hour||$6,569.40|
|Full Out-of-State Tuition||$648.37 per credit hour||$77,804.40|
|75% Out-of-State Tuition Waiver||$341.67 per credit hour||$41,000.40|
Tuition waivers cover up to 75 percent of the non-resident portion of your tuition. These waivers are available to non-Florida residents (including international students) admitted to online programs and registered for online courses in active pursuit of that degree or certificate. You must pay all other assessed tuition and fees.
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes up to 48 months to complete, depending on course availability.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Alabama Differential Out-of-State Tuition
Residents of Alabama are eligible for Alabama Differential Tuition, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. For more information and to verify residency status for tuition purposes, new undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and new graduate students should contact the Graduate School. Students who are currently enrolled should contact the Office of the Registrar.
Active Duty Military
All active-duty members of the U.S. military who are residing or are stationed outside the state of Florida shall have all (100%) out-of-state fees waived by the University. Contact the Military & Veterans Resource Center to apply for the Active Duty Military Out-of-State Waiver.
UWF Short-Term Financial Assistance
The University of West Florida provides eligible students with an alternative to paying the full amount of tuition at the beginning of each term in the form of an installment payment plan or a short-term loan.
UWF is a Military FriendlyⓇ School proudly serving active-duty U.S. military members and veterans. As UWF has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2011, you could be eligible to receive free tuition with your military benefits.See How We Can Serve You
Funding your college education should not empty your wallet. We offer various financial aid options for our online students, including loans, scholarships and grants for degree-seeking students.Learn More About Financial Aid
Our graduates are sought-after candidates for law enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, court programs, juvenile justice agencies, victim services and various other criminal justice agencies and services. You can also continue your education in graduate programs or law school.
* Salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As an officer of the law, you’ll protect and serve your community by patrolling areas, conducting traffic stops, collecting evidence from crime scenes, securing criminals and more. The median salary for police officers is $65,170 a year.
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Probation officers assist people in rehabilitation after they are released from incarceration. They meet with parolees and probationers, friends and relatives to determine the best course of action. They connect offenders with resources such as job training and substance abuse counseling. Additionally, they monitor individuals to make sure they’re adhering to the plan, rules and regulations of their parole or probation. The median salary for probation officers is $54,290 a year.
Correctional Officers and Bailiffs
Correctional officers are responsible for those who are awaiting trial or serving time in jail or prison. They supervise inmates and report on their conduct, and inspect facilities and inmates to ensure safety standards are met. Bailiffs keep order in a courtroom and are responsible for handling evidence and documents related to the trial. They also escort judges, jurors, witnesses and prisoners to keep them safe. The median salary for correctional officers and bailiffs is $45,300 a year.