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Criminal Justice, BS

Bachelor of Science

Criminal justice is a social science that focuses on the definitions, causes, and prevention of crime; legal processes; and the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.

The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice explores crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system through an interdisciplinary approach that combines legal studies, sociology, political science, psychology, forensic science, public administration, urban studies, and philosophy. You study a myriad of topics related to theories about crime, public policy, law, criminal courts, policing, corrections, juvenile justice, and the practice of criminal justice. As a graduate of the program, you will be well prepared to attend graduate or law school.

Your IU Online BS in Criminal Justice prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Police officer 
  • Corrections officer 
  • Law enforcement teacher or trainer 
  • FBI, CIA, or Secret Service agent 
  • Immigration and customs enforcement agent 
  • US Postal Inspector 
  • Court clerk 
  • Crime scene investigator 
  • Private security officer 
  • Compliance manager 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the BS in Criminal Justice, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. A minimum of 36 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major. No course with a grade below a 2.0 (C) will be accepted in the major/concentration area. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • General education courses (30 credit hours) 
  • Criminal justice core courses (27 credit hours) 
  • Criminal justice elective courses (9 credit hours) 
  • First-Year seminar (0-3 credit hours) 
  • Ethics course (3 credit hours) 
  • Information literacy course (3 credit hours) 
  • Diversity course (3 credit hours) 
  • Social work course (3 credit hours recommended) 

Student Services

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  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you  
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU  
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  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals  
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants  
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career  
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians  
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training  
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 12 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to applynow@iue.edu or:   

         Office of Admissions

         Indiana University East

         Whitewater Hall, Room 151

         2325 Chester Boulevard

         Richmond, IN 47374-1289

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.


  • CJUS-P100 Introduction to Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P200Theories of Crime and Deviance3 Credits
  • CJUS-P295 Criminal Justice Data, Methods and Research3 Credits
  • CJUS-P301Police in Contemporary Society3 Credits
  • CJUS-P302 Courts and Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P303Corrections and Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P370 Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P411 Criminal Justice Management3 Credits
  • CJUS-P470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P210 Service Learning Experience in Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P300 Topics in Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P320 Foundations of Criminal Investigation3 Credits
  • CJUS-P330 Criminal Justice Ethics3 Credits
  • CJUS-P372 Evidence3 Credits
  • CJUS-P375 American Juvenile Justice System3 Credits
  • CJUS-P376 Procedural Criminal Law3 Credits
  • CJUS-P422 Crime in the Mass Media3 Credits
  • CJUS-P457 Seminar on White-Collar Crime3 Credits
  • CJUS-P458 Wrongful Conviction3 Credits
  • CJUS-P481 Field Experience in Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P493 Seminar in Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P496 Research Internship3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $235.59
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $706.77
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $340.92
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1022.76

Additional fees will apply.

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