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Bachelor of Arts
in Criminal Justice


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Program Overview

As more and more institutions increase their college education requirements, the 100% online BACJ equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to deepen your expertise and stand out among the competition. As a graduate, you will be prepared for higher-level opportunities in law enforcement, as well as judiciary services, forensics and investigation, private security, and Homeland Security.

icon $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
icon As few as 12 months* Duration
icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
icon As few as 12 months* Duration
icon 120 Credit Hours

In our accredited YourPace online B.A. in Criminal Justice program, you will gain a solid understanding of the theories and methodology of criminal institutions, and the sociological and psychological study of different types of crime. You will also gain hands-on supervised field experience in a criminal justice or social service agency. Coursework examines the effects of crime in the media, economic and social reactions to criminal behavior, and the justice system.

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As a graduate of this YourPace online program, you will:

  • Obtain supervised field experience in a criminal justice or social service agency
  • Leverage knowledge of criminal justice institutions and processes, theories of crime and punishment, criminal law, and social science research methods in real-world settings
  • Understand the sociological study of crime and its attempted control, as well as understanding social attitudes, prejudices, and group dynamics
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the history of policy regarding drug use, theories of morality and ethics, crime and the media, punishment as a social action, and the development of prison as an institution
  • Develop the business communication skills and social psychology to aid your work in criminal justice and social institutions

Career opportunities include:

  • Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Prison Warden
  • Criminologist
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Court Administrator
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Security Manager
  • Police Officer

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Tuition

The B.A. in Criminal Justice online program offers highly affordable tuition with a flat rate regardless of how many courses you complete each session. No hidden fees or extra textbook costs. The faster you finish, the more you save!

$1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition

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There are six opportunities throughout the year to begin our B.A. in Criminal Justice YourPace online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline.

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Admissions

We’ve made the admission process simple and streamlined so it’s easier for you to get started. Students who wish to earn their B.A. in Criminal Justice YourPace online degree from UMPI should have the equivalent of a high school diploma and possess some prior college credit and/or work experience.

No Application Fee
2.0 Minimum GPA
Diploma or GED

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  • Submit your free application online
  • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Prior college and/or work experience:
    • If you have 0-11 earned credit hours, you will need to have 3 years of post-high school work experience
    • If you have 12+ earned credit hours, you will need to have 2 years of post-high school work experience

Submit documents electronically to: edocs@maine.edu

Mailing Address:

Application Processing Center
PO Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Fax: 207-581-5456

Courses

To earn your B.A. in Criminal Justice, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. Each course is built around a series of competencies. Once you have mastered the series, you complete the course. This program includes general education courses, Criminal Justice core competencies, and general electives. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

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Students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of general education courses.

Students must complete 51 credit hours of Criminal Justice core courses.

CRJ100: Intro to Criminal Justice

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a comprehensive overview of U.S. criminal justice, its components, processes, and terminology as well as the relationships and issues internal and external to the criminal justice system. Historical and current context is investigated with regard to policies and problems in community relations, criminal law, law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

SOC100: Intro to Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides multicultural and global examinations of the relationship of the self to society. Introduces students to the systematic study of human society through sociological perspective and method. Emphasizes analysis of problems of social order and change. Includes socialization, social class and inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, social movements, social institutions, community, globalization, and deviance.

CRJ215: Drug Policy

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the discourses, representations and responses to drug use by the Criminal Justice System. A history of changing policy regarding various types of drug use is combined with an examination of current micro, mezzo and macro criminal justice responses to drug crises in both the US and other countries

CRJ230: Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to the sociological study of crime and its attempted control. Specifically, issues such as definitions of crime, theories of crime, crime and the media, formal and informal reactions to criminal behavior, and the political economy of the US criminal justice system.

CRJ225: Criminal Justice Ethics

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an exploration of the field of criminal justice ethics encompassing the history of justice and theories of morality and ethics. Special attention will be given to concrete ethical issues and dilemmas which are encountered regularly by participants in the major components.

SOC230: Criminology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to the sociological study of crime and its attempted control. Specifically, issues such as definitions of crime, theories of crime, crime and the media, formal and informal reactions to criminal behavior, and the political economy of the U.S. criminal justice system will be explored within both historical and critical perspectives.

CRJ250: Criminal Law

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the philosophy and application of criminal law. Specific case studies will be employed.

CRJ332: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will give the student an all-encompassing overview of juveniles as they relate to the criminal justice system. Theories, philosophies, and policies are examined in context of juvenile delinquency and causation and reduction efforts.

CRJ350: Criminal Procedure

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course covers the Constitution in relation to criminal justice, focusing on law enforcement and the courts. Includes probable cause, the exclusionary rule, electronic surveillance, arrests and stops, the right to counsel, interrogation, and the law of confessions, the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments, identification of suspects, entrapment, and the pretrial process.

CRJ372: Police and Policing

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the social, structural and historical foundations of modern policing. Primary analysis is placed on the function of law enforcement in relation to crime prevention and control, and police-community relations.

CRJ376: Punishment and Correction

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the history of punishment as a social action and the development of the prison as an institution. A review of the current state of US corrections and the expansion of penal institutions in the US over the past three decades is combined with various special topics within punishment and corrections.

CRJ377: Restorative Justice and Community Based Corrections

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course focuses on restorative justice tenets and policy implications. The history of probation, parole and other community-based sentencing options are examined relative to their potential for increased use of restorative justice practices.

CRJ430: Crime Control Policies

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course the student is exposed to analysis of ideologies, assumptions, and performance of crime control policies in the United States. Crime control policies and their implications will be examined from several perspectives: Administration, Police, Courts, and Corrections.

SOC430: Theoretical Criminology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on the study of theory as a vehicle for developing critical thinking skills. A focus on contemporary theories of crime including Marxism; Left Realism; Feminism; Peacemaking; Postmodern and Cultural Criminology. Each theory is evaluated for actual and potential criminal justice policy consequences

PCJ215: Business Communication

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will master the necessary communication skills to thrive in any business or professional area. They'll become proficient in everything from phone etiquette, e-mail and memos, to proposals and presentations. They'll get out of the classroom, partnering with an organization to apply what they've learned.

PSY200: Social Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Considers the processes by which individuals interact with others, influence and are influenced by others, and are shaped by society. Includes topics such as the self, attitudes, prejudice, stereotypes, interpersonal attraction, group dynamics, and persuasion.

CRJ499: Field Experience in Criminal Justice

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Supervised field experience in a criminal justice or social service agency. Course can be taken for variable credit (3 or 6 hours) determined by hours completed at the field site. Course can be taken for 12 credit hours when student is completing full law enforcement academy training. Courses may be repeated for up to 18 credits.

Students must take at least 29 credit hours of general elective courses.

*Time to completion varies by student and is based on several factors including prior college coursework, relevant work experience, amount of time dedicated to studying, and the number of courses completed each session.

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