SDSU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Online Degree Completion Program is designed to encourage thoughtful exploration of the ways that criminal justice systems provide “justice,” or fail to do so. The program also focuses on criminal justice from a social justice perspective, allowing for the examination of policy issues as diverse as genocide, institutionalized racism, organized crime, and environmental destruction, in addition to traditional criminal justice issues. This degree appeals to students who are interested in working in the fields of law, law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, or other social service agencies. This degree also prepares students for law school or graduate school in either criminal justice or a related field.

Students who satisfy all eligibility requirements can graduate by completing between 51 and 60 units within 22 months (ten eight-week modules with breaks). Admitted students will complete two courses in each of the ten eight-week modules.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded the same degree as on-campus students — the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The diploma and transcript will not distinguish that the program was completed online.

All courses are offered via distance education (online classes). Please note: Some exams may require the student to make arrangements for a proctor to administer the exam remotely.

Completion Time Min. Completion Time
22 Months
Course Format Course Format

Applications for Fall 2020

Application Dates: Oct. 1—Nov. 30, 2019

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Block Courses Dates
1 CJ 300: Crime, Law, & Justice
CJ 303: Criminal Justice & Social Control
8/24/20 – 10/16/20
2 CJ 301: Law in Society
CJ 302: Crime & Behavior
10/26/20 – 12/11/20
3 PA 301: Concepts & Issues in Public Administration
Elective (TBD)
1/4/21 – 2/26/21
4 CJ Elective (TBD)
PA Elective (TBD)
3/8/21 – 5/7/21
5 Explorations – Humanities (TBD)
Elective (TBD)
5/17/21 – 7/9/21
6 CJ 540
CJ Elective (TBD)
7/19/21 – 9/10/21
7 CJ Elective (TBD)
Explorations – Humanities (TBD)
9/20/21 – 11/12/21
8 Explorations – Humanities (TBD)
Elective (TBD)
11/22/21 – 1/28/22
(break 12/17/21 – 1/3/22)
9 Elective (TBD)
Elective (TBD)
2/7/22 – 4/8/22
(break 3/25/22 – 4/4/22)
10 CJ 497: Investigation & Reporting
Elective (TBD)
4/18/22 – 6/10/22

Dates and courses subject to change.


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Criminal Justice and Corrections Industry — Nationwide

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CJ 0300 Crime, Law, and Justice
Criminal justice-role of law in society, definition and explanations of criminal behavior, criminal justice system, methods of research, and policy.
CJ 0301 Law in Society
Theoretical study of law in society from classical social theorists. Major movements in legal studies during the last century. Comparative systems of law.
CJ 0302 Crime and Behavior
Major disciplinary paradigms used both to explain criminal behavior and to inform official criminal justice policy.
CJ 0303 Criminal Justice and Social Control
Interrelationship of social control, social policy and administration of criminal justice in contemporary American society.