The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at University of Maryland Global Campus is uniquely designed to provide you with an understanding of crime and criminal behavior, the roles of practitioners within the criminal justice system, and the critical thinking and ethical decision-making strategies necessary to meet the professional demands of the field of criminal justice.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, and corrections within the American criminal justice system
  • Utilize ethical reasoning, analytical skills, and professional knowledge to investigate the implications of criminal justice policies or procedures on diverse social groups
  • Articulate the importance of research in the social sciences
  • Evaluate criminal justice public policies using analytical competencies
  • Apply the principles of the various criminal bodies of law (i.e., substantive, procedural, and evidentiary) that currently regulate the American criminal justice system

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design a security plan for a public service in the community
  • Compose a search and seizure application and supporting affidavit
  • Critique an analytic report of criminal intelligence

Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 230
  • CCJS 340
  • CCJS 345
  • CCJS 350 or any upper-level CCJS course
  • CCJS 360 or any upper-level CCJS course
  • CCJS 380
  • CCJS 341
  • CCJS 352 or any upper-level CCJS course
  • CCJS 497
  • CCJS 495

Vertical Pathway

Through a vertical pathway, students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for a master’s degree in Management with a Criminal Justice Management specialization.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to move into a command position in law enforcement or meet the degree requirement for federal law enforcement. The content of the degree program is applicable to positions in the public and private sectors. Graduates may find positions throughout the criminal justice system.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Honor society
    Available To: Undergraduate

    Pi Gamma Mu is the international honor society that recognizes outstanding scholarship in the social sciences at UMGC. Students interested in anthropology, criminal justice, economics, gerontology, history, political science, social psychology, sociology, and women's studies may qualify for membership. The society recently named UMGC's Maryland Theta chapter to its Roll of Distinction, the highest honor that the society grants. Winner of the 2020 UMGC Student Organization Awards Best-in-Show Activities and Events Award and the 2021 Student Organization of the Year Award!

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Public Safety Student Association encourages discussions on careers, current events, and topics within the public safety field. Previous activities have included webinars on related topics and careers.