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Our bachelor’s in criminal justice degree program offers five concentrations designed to help prepare you for multiple career paths in criminal justice.
Victims of crime often need help addressing the injustices they have experienced. This concentration is ideal if you want to work:
In this concentration, you will:
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||HMNT 1001||Course||Living and Learning in a Technological World||Credits||(6 cr.)|
Imagine life without cell phones, television, or the Internet. Recent technological developments have significantly altered all aspects of human life: at work; in play; and in personal, family, and social interactions. In this course, students examine the advantages, disadvantages, and controversies of living and learning in an ever-changing technological environment. By exploring multiple perspectives, students discover how technology is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and overall access to information. In a dynamic, reflective, and engaging classroom environment, students use a variety of audio, visual, literary, and artistic resources, to engage in open dialogue. Students are also introduced to the tools essential to success at Walden. Students complete the course with a personalized success plan that provides a customized roadmap and tools that they can use immediately on their journey toward the completion of their bachelor's degree. *Note: virtual, cyber, digital, and asynchronous are used to describe online environments in this course.
|Course Code||CRJS 1001||Course||Contemporary Criminal Justice Systems||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 2001||Course||Criminology and Social Control||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 2002||Course||Juvenile Delinquency and Justice||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 2003||Course||Criminal Law||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 3001||Course||Corrections||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 3002||Course||Courts and Judicial Process||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 3003||Course||Law Enforcement||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 3004||Course||Data Analysis for the Criminal Justice Professional||Credits||(5 cr.)|
What is criminal justice and how is it delivered and sustained? In this course, students survey the contemporary criminal justice system in the United States, with emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of police (law enforcement), courts (adjudication), and corrections. Students analyze the components of and major players in the criminal justice process and system and apply this content to current events and dilemmas. They overview crime and criminal law and explore how these concepts connect to criminal justice. Students also consider diversity and ethical challenges and issues as they relate to all aspects of criminal justice. Finally, students explore and discuss the juvenile justice system; consider its strengths and limitations; and examine issues, challenges, and trends related to the system.
People commit crimes for a variety of reasons, and these crimes vary in their impact on individual victims and society. Students in this course examine a range of views, definitions, and perspectives on crime and criminology; the nature, causes, and typologies of crime and offenders; theories that attempt to explain why individuals commit crimes; and approaches to the prevention and control of crime. Students apply theories and perspectives to crime in real life as well as to crime presented in vignettes and case studies. Students devote special attention to the debate between social-responsibilities and social-problems approaches to criminology. CRJS 1001 or PSYC 1002 or PSYC 1003.)
It’s hard to imagine any toddler evolving into a juvenile delinquent. And yet some do. In this course, students examine the factors that lead some juveniles along this path as well as ways to intervene in the process and outcome. They consider the biological, psychological, and sociological factors in juvenile delinquency as well as modern trends in prevention and treatment. Through traditional literature and interactive learning modules, students explore the concept of juvenile justice and consider the proper age that society should hold a juvenile criminally responsible as well as the age that juveniles should be tried as adults. CRJS 1001.)
Books, movies, and television programs about crime, particularly those that feature criminals and trials, have been popular for decades. But there's more to criminal law than the theatrics that media often features. In this course, students examine the concepts and principles related to criminal law. They engage in discussions and assignments designed to provide practical application of content on a variety of topics, including domestic and international crimes, criminal defense, punishment, and sentencing. CRJS 1001 or POLI 1001.)
What is the goal of the corrections system? Is it punishment, rehabilitation, or both? In this course, students have the opportunity to answer such questions through the examination of the history of corrections as well as the practice and legal environment in corrections, including institutional and community-based programs and their relationship to other areas of the criminal justice system. Students also learn about correctional philosophy and practices related to incarceration, diversions, community-based corrections, and treatment of offenders. They employ analytical skills to assess the role of corrections professionals and challenges facing corrections in a society that continues to change in demographics, norms, and expectations of criminal justice. CRJS 1001.)
What happens in a courtroom is both complex and fascinating, as is evidenced by the popularity of courtroom drama—real and fictional. In this course, students analyze and apply information about the components of the judicial system, including their structure, function, and processes. Students examine the professional roles within the system and learn how the system selects these figures. They learn about judicial conduct and professional standards and apply these concepts to examples of judicial behavior. Students also analyze issues related to the courts and judicial process in an increasingly diverse society and consider these in regard to future trends, such as in cases and legal claims. CRJS 1001 or PSPA 1001.)
There is a diverse assortment of issues and challenges involved in enforcing laws and protecting the public, for which a wide array of agencies share responsibility in addressing. Such agencies encompass federal, state, and local police as well as private figures, such as security officers and city inspectors. In this course, students examine the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement professionals and explore the development and evolution of law enforcement in the United States. They examine community policing models and the use of power, discretion, and deception by police. Students also engage in practical discussions and exercises to explore long-standing, contemporary, and future law enforcement issues and challenges. CRJS 1001.)
All criminal justice professionals must understand the methods of extracting and using data and research—a critical function lending to the responsibilities of all roles in the system, including law enforcement, crime prevention, sentencing, and corrections. Students in this course explore how professionals apply basic statistical principles and research methods to contemporary criminal justice problems and issues in court, law enforcement, and correctional settings. Students learn how to evaluate data and research, represent data using graphs, and present data using statistical measures. They also consider ethical issues related to criminal justice research and technological advancements that influence current and future criminal justice data analysis and research. CRJS 1001.)
|Course Code||CRJS 4201||Course||Restorative Justice||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 4202||Course||Mobilizing and Coordinating Community Response||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||CRJS 4203||Course||Victimology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Criminal justice involves more than retribution; it is twofold in that it must punish offenders and also address their needs and the needs of victims and the community. Students in this course explore the theory of justice and practices that emphasize repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. They learn the ways in which this effort contrasts with an adversarial approach to justice. Students learn about strategies involving stakeholders in actions that transform the relationships among victims, offenders, communities, and criminal justice agencies in their response to crime. They also explore and reflect on case studies and topical models for an in-depth understanding how professionals conduct restorative justice in the real world. CRJS 1001.)
While victim response is vital, it is also important to focus on the potential effects of crime on a community, such as economic instability, drug use, prejudices, and further criminal activity. Students in this course identify existing community resources that professionals use in conjunction with planned and ad hoc community responses to learn positive and effective intervention strategies that address the needs of individuals and communities affected by criminal incidents. They also assess the challenges inherent in such efforts and discuss ways to mitigate obstacles. Gaining new perspectives on possible ways to address the coordination of community response, students examine how victims perceive crime and/or change their role as a result of the crime. CRJS 1001.)
There are many considerations related to the perception, needs, and treatment of crime victims, which continue to lend to a growing area of study and legislation. Students in this course learn about the different types of victimization as well as the differences between direct and indirect victims of crime. They examine the role of criminal justice practitioners who work with and respond to victims. Students also assess and discuss the many ethical issues related to victims’ human and civil rights and the impact of these rights on criminal justice professionals and changing legislation. Through case studies and contemporary literature, students also analyze both current problems and future trends in victimology. CRJS 1001.)
|Course Code||CRJS 4150||Course||Capstone: International Justice and Human Rights||Credits||(5 cr.)|
In this capstone course, students have the opportunity to discover new concepts and synthesize existing knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program, keeping in mind the end goal of future positive social change. They first focus their attention on the basic rights of all human beings and the rule of law in the international arena—topics of increasing global importance. Students also investigate real-world examples of human rights violations, both domestic and international, and they assess responses and resolutions to such violations. Finally, students develop a project or paper that integrates and applies the concepts of international justice, rule of law, and/or human rights in their area of concentration. CRJS 1001.)
Choose 15 courses from general education, BS in Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 75 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.