Criminal Justice (Online), B.S.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 30

Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B647

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in each course presented for major credit.

Major Requirements

Major Core
LSCJ 3113Comparative Justice Systems3
LSCJ 3133Theories of Criminal Behavior3
LSCJ 3223American Judicial Processes3
LSCJ 4243Police and Policing3
LSCJ 4263The American Correctional System3
LSCJ 4443Juvenile Delinquency3
LSTD 3003Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
LSTD 3153Foundations of Ethics in Liberal Studies3
LSCJ 3953Prospectus-Writing for Criminal Justice3
LSCJ 4953Capstone in Criminal Justice3
Total Credit Hours30

Computer Literacy Requirement

Students must demonstrate computer proficiency which includes the competent use of a variety of software and networking applications. Please consult your academic advisor for courses to fulfill this requirement.

General Education and College Requirements

Courses taken to fulfill the University General Education Requirements must be chosen from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at

Core Area I: Symbolic & Oral Communication (9-19 hours)
LSTD 1113Interdisciplinary Composition I3
LSTD 1133Interdisciplinary Composition II3
LSTD 1053Mathematics in Liberal Studies3
Language 10-10
Core Area II: Natural Science (minimum 7 hours)
LSTD 2533Science as a Process (no laboratory)3
Choose one natural science course with lab4-6
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
LSTD 1333Government in the United States (recommended)3
or P SC 1113 American Federal Government
Select one Social Science course 23
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (12 hours)
Choose one of the following:3
A History of the United States
United States to 1865
United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from each of the following three fields. One course must be upper-division (3000-4000 level)9
Choose one Artistic Forms course
Choose one Western Culture course
Choose one World Culture course
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours37-49

Students who have completed two years of high school language are exempt from the general education language requirement. If this requirement is waived, a few hours of General Education electives may be needed to achieve the required 40 hour minimum.


LSTD 1313 recommended.

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 40 upper-division hours.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Professional & Continuing Studies academic advisers to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of Professional & Continuing Studies, and major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
LSTD 1113 Interdisciplinary Composition I (Core I) 3
LSTD 1153 A History of the United States (Core IV) 3
LSTD 2023 Strategies for Success 3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
LSTD 1133 Interdisciplinary Composition II (Core I) 3
LSTD 1333 Government in the United States (Core III) 3
LSTD 1053 Mathematics in Liberal Studies (Core I) 3
LSTD 1003 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
First Semester
Language I (Core I) 5
LSTD 1313 What in the World are the Social Sciences? (Core III) 3
LSTD 2533 Science as a Process (Core II) 3
LSTD 2033 Writing for Success 3
Free Elective 1
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Language II (Core I) 5
Science with Lab Component (Core II) 4
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
First Semester
LSTD 3003 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
LSCJ 3113 Comparative Justice Systems 3
LSCJ 3133 Theories of Criminal Behavior 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
LSTD 3153 Foundations of Ethics in Liberal Studies 3
LSCJ 3223 American Judicial Processes 3
LSCJ 4243 Police and Policing 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
First Semester
LSCJ 3953 Prospectus-Writing for Criminal Justice 3
LSCJ 4443 Juvenile Delinquency 3
LSCJ 4263 The American Correctional System 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
LSCJ 4953 Capstone in Criminal Justice 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120