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Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice


Gain the knowledge you need to succeed in the criminal justice field. Earn your online Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice degree from the University of the Virgin Island to prepare yourself to serve and secure our nation.

    At the completion of the online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice you will be able to advance or pursue a career in juvenile justice, corrections, investigations or law enforcement.
    With the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice you will be prepared to have a career in law enforcement, corrections, national security or corporate loss prevention.
    The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online degree program from start to finish is designed to be completed in 38 months however, it could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term. The total program credit hours are 120.
    The undergraduate rate is $434 per credit hour , no additional institutional fees. UVI also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

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Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice Online Program Outcomes

After successfully completing UVI’s 100% online Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the various causes of crime using criminal justice theories, practices and processes to a multicultural population
  • Compare and contrast historical and contemporary police functions, issues and responses to crime
  • Describe the nature and function of corrections, its services, practices and institutions
  • Analyze relevant criminal law and procedures as they relate to the administration of justice
  • Differentiate between adult and juvenile procedures throughout the criminal justice system
  • Apply the concepts of professionalism, ethical behavior and social responsibility to make decisions as a criminal justice professional
  • Evaluate the three components of the criminal justice system



UVI Online Course No : Course Name : Credits :
CJU1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  CJU1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice – Presents a broad view of the criminal justice system. The course focuses on decision points and administrative practices in police and other criminal justice agencies, as well as basic criminal procedures. A realistic description of the American criminal justice system is presented and how it works – police, courts, and corrections. Topics include: what is criminal justice, the crime picture and the search for its causes, criminal law, policing history and structure, police management and legal aspects, adjudication including the courts and sentencing, corrections involving probation, parole, community corrections, prisons and jails, prison life, juvenile justice, drugs and crime, multinational criminal justice, and the future of criminal justice.
CJU1120 Introduction to Criminology 3
  CJU1120 Introduction to Criminology -This course examines the study of criminology by exploring the biological, psychological, sociological, and economic theories of crime. The “traditional theories” of criminology are examined along with contemporary theories. Topics covered are: what is criminology; patterns of crime; research methods and theory development; biological, psychological, and sociological roots of crime; crimes against persons and property; white-collar and organized crime; drug abuse and crime; technology and crime; criminology and social policy; and the future of criminology.
CJU 3110 Police Systems & Practices 3
  CJU3110 Police Systems & Practices – The course provides an overview of police issues; integrating the history, social context, and theoretical understanding of policing in America. The student examines the relationships between communities, individuals, and police organizations. The “big picture” approach is used to illustrate an integrated understanding of policing.
CJU 3130 Correction Systems & Practices 3
  CJU3130 Correction Systems & Practices – Contemporary correctional systems and practices are analyzed and evaluated through a historical perspective with emphasis on community and institutional corrections. This course balances current and past research, theories and applications, and practical examples and issues. Topics included are: historical perspectives, the court process, alternatives to imprisonment, correctional systems, corrections functions, institutional clients, rights of correctional clients, reintegration systems, and finally a link to the future.
CJU 2250 Juvenile Justice I 3
  CJU2250 Juvenile Justice I – The juvenile justice system is examined with an emphasis on its difference from the judicial system for adults. This course tracks the historical development of the system and examines the different approaches followed by the court and correctional authorities of various jurisdictions.
CJU 3210 Criminal Procedure 3
  CJU3210 Criminal Procedure (CJU1100, CJU1120) – This course provides the student with the core knowledge of constitutional criminal procedure. Topics of study include: Fourth Amendment doctrines such as the exclusionary rule, the search warrant, plain view, arrest and Terry-stops, and warrant less searches. The focus of the exclusionary rule reflects the areas in which the Supreme Court has been most active in recent years. The conflicting approaches to the application of law evident between justices adhering to the Due Process Model and those following the Crime Control Model will be addressed. Additional topics in the course include the meaning, context, and constitutional foundation of criminal procedure; the right to counsel; rules of interrogation and confession; identification of suspects and entrapment; and the pretrial and trial process.
CJU 3230 Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics 3
  CJU3230 Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics (CJU1100, CJU3110) – This course examines the diverse ethical issues frequently encountered in the criminal justice system. Students study the writings of the major theorists who have studied and written in the field of ethics. The writings of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle will be examined, for their intrinsic value and content, as well as their applicability to modern activities in criminal justice. Classic ethical theories will be studied, reviewed, and applied to such varied topics as the application of professional and personal discretion, the appropriate use of force, dimensions of professional responsibility, and proper application of authority.
CJU 3250 Criminal Law 3
  CJU3250 Criminal Law (CJU1100, CJU1120) – Criminal Law examines the basic concepts in criminal law. The course introduces the student to the foundational aspects of criminal law, including its historical background and fundamental elements. The author provides a comparative analysis of a multiplicity of jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and the impact of criminal law on each. The author accomplishes this task by focusing on the major themes of both common law and, according to the Model Penal Code, including the elements of statutory crimes, criminal responsibility, and defenses. Topics include: the historical background of criminal law, fundamentals of criminal law, jurisdiction, the criminal act, the mental element, matters affecting criminal responsibility, assault and related crimes, homicide, sex offenses and offenses to the family relationship, theft, robbery, burglary and related offenses, arson, kidnapping, narcotics, and offenses by and against juveniles.
CJU 4210 Community Policing 3
  CJU4210 Community Policing (CJU1100, CJU3110) – This course is designed to provide an overview of the current paradigm in policing: community-oriented policing. The course will consist of an analysis of both the community-oriented policing philosophy and its practical application through strategic oriented policing, neighborhood oriented policing and problem oriented policing methods. Additional aspects to be reviewed include the various roles in the systemic approach, organization and management styles of the police department, implementation methods, evaluation methods, and a look at past and future practices under this new paradigm in policing.
POL 1290 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  POL1290 Introduction to Public Administration – Public administration is a broad-ranging and amorphous combination of theory and practice; its purpose is to promote a superior understanding of government and its relationship with the society it governs, as well as to encourage public policies more responsive to social needs and to institute managerial practices attuned to effectiveness, efficiency, and human requirements of the citizenry.
CJU 4010 Criminal Justice Research Methods 3
  CJU4010 Criminal Justice Research Methods (CJU1100, CJU3110) – Criminal Justice Research Methods presents a broad view of the methods and techniques for conducting academic and professional research. focuses on why and when research is performed, the methodologies involved, and a description of the applied statistical techniques and procedures are compared and contrasted so each student gains a firm understanding of what method or Topics include: the research process, theory of research, ethics in research, research design, sampling techniques, survey conducting interviews, observational techniques, secondary data, reliability and validity issues, data coding, hypothesis distributions.
CJU 4990 Professional Strategies – Capstone 3
  CJU4990 Professional Strategies Capstone – is designed as a senior-level capstone course to be taken at the end of the Multidisciplinary Studies course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize and articulate their undergraduate experience by demonstrating knowledge acquired in previous coursework and/or work experience. Professional Studies reviews the fundamentals of research and the in a professional environment.
Total Program Core 36  
Total Program Electives 15  
Open Electives 15  
General Education  
SSS 1000 Student Success 1
  SSS1000 Success – This course provides introduction and orientation to the nature of University education, functions and resources. Topics assist students obtain the necessary skills to attain their educational objectives. Emphasis is on Group process. 1 credit
COM1190 Interpersonal Communications and Leadership Skills 3
  COM 1190 Interpersonal Communications and Leadership Skills – This course explores the challenges of building and maintaining relationships through verbal, nonverbal language, conflict management, perception and listening skills. Ideas are applied to everyday aspects of interaction in both personal and professional relationships. The course also provides an in-depth perspective on communication and the role it plays in everyday challenges.
COM1200 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
  COM 1200 Introduction to Public Speaking – This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization/ delivery. Topics include effective introductions, conclusions and control over nervousness. In addition, students practice informative and persuasive speeches
ENG1200 English Composition I 3
  ENG 1200 English Composition I – The writing course that develops critical thinking, investigative research and coherent ideas through the writing of analytical, literary and critical essays and the intense text readings.
ENG2610 World Literature I 3
  World Literature I – An interdisciplinary exploration of the short story and novel from a global perspective, the terminology of literary analysis, different critical approaches, and selected criticism leading to the production of aesthetic and critical analyses of works of fiction.
ENG2620 World Literature II 3
  World Literature II – An interdisciplinary exploration of poetry and drama from a global perspective, the terminology of poetry and drama, interdisciplinary critical approaches, and selected
works of criticism leading to the production of aesthetic and critical analyses of works of poetry and drama.
ENG2020 Technical Writing 3
  ENG2020 Technical Writing – This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process. Students will analyze readings and practice writing for personal and professional applications. This course satisfies the General Education requirement.
PHI2000 Critical Thinking 3
  PHI2000 Critical Thinking – This course examines critical thinking. Students learn the core skills of effective thinking then analyze argumentative processes, in order to identify weaknesses in thinking and overcome them. With a focus on critical reading as well as critical thinking, this course prepares students to engage actively with their studies and in society.
GEN2990 General Education Capstone 3
  GEN2990 General Education Capstone – This is the capstone coursework for the Virgin Islands general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, this course helps students’ bridge the gap between broadbased learning and discipline-specific education. Second, the course highlights and incorporates specific skills and knowledge attained through general studies and may assist students achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined. Furthermore, students may better comprehend how to draw and apply information from experience thus leading them to become more actively engaged and socially aware citizens of various communities.
Humanities 9  
Social Science Electives 6  
Math Electives 6  
Science Electives 8  
Total Required General Education 25  
Total General Education Electives 54  

Program Snap Shot

Total Program Core Credits 36  
Total General Education Credits 54  
Total Electives 30  
Program total 120  

career outlook

Pursue a criminal justice degree online and pursue a career in detection, apprehension, detention and other police-related career opportunities.

Potential career paths and positions include:

The median wage in 2016 for Loss Prevention Managers was $104,970.1

The median wage in 2016 for First Line supervisors of Police and Detectives was $84,840.2

The median wage in 2016 for Security Managers was $104,970. 3




Employers can include:

  • Security firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies