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Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    24
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $272.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $395.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

Diversify your academic skill-set and gain additional career or education paths with a minor in criminal justice. Students with a variety of majors find a minor in criminal justice attractive. Associated majors include but are not limited to biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, social work and political science.

Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring crime or sanctioning those who violate laws. 

All courses are offered online.

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High school diploma or GED

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 and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

Students take all of CJUS 101GS, 215 and 230.

Students choose 15 credit hours from the remaining electives.


* This course is the immediate prerequisite. Other preparation is required prior to this immediate prerequisite.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CJUS 101GSIntroduction to Criminal Justice3

Course Number: CJUS 101GS

This course is intended to provide a broad understanding of the functional components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationship. It will also provide a basic understanding of the American crime problem.

CJUS 215Correctional Services and Systems3

Course Number: CJUS 215

Prereq: CJUS 101GS This course covers the historical development of corrections leading to an analysis of our correctional process and systems in contemporary America.

CJUS 230The Police Service3

Course Number: CJUS 230

Prereq: CJUS 101GS This course is intended to introduce students to the major developments and problems in policing. Topics will include rights and responsibilities of the uniformed officer, patrol and manpower distribution theories, police unionism, ethics and corruption, community relations, and the police subculture as a distinct value system.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CJUS 250Criminal Justice Research Methods I3

Course Number: CJUS 250

Prereq: STAT 235GS* or STAT 241GS* A course intended to give students an introduction to research methods in the field of criminal justice. Topics will include ethics in social science research, research design, and program evaluation.

CJUS 310Community Based Corrections3

Course Number: CJUS 310

Prereq: CJUS 215* This course is concerned with correctional theory and practice as they are applied in the community setting. Specific areas of concern are probation, parole, diversion, and nontraditional community correctional programs. The application of community resources and responsibilities with the needs of offenders in the criminal justice system is a primary focus of the course. Some contrasts and comparisons are made with the institutional correctional setting.

CJUS 315Victimology: Victims of Crime3

Course Number: CJUS 315

This course is designed to introduce the students to the overall problems dealing with victimization. Areas covered will include homicides, child abuse and neglect, rape, spouse abuse, abuse to the elderly, and other victimizations along with the post traumatic stress involved. The philosophy, history, and objectives of victimology will be reviewed in additions to the Victims' Rights Movement and research findings about victims. This course is designed to assist students in relating to victims of crime in a professional manner.

CJUS 321Technology in Criminal Justice3

Course Number: CJUS 321

Prereq: CJUS 101GS This course is designed to introduce students to some of the major developments and issues in technology that are facing the criminal justice system. Students will explore topics such as cybercrime, digital investigation and evidence preservation, use of technology in the commission of sex crimes, fraud, hacking, terrorism, and the legal issues and statues surrounding the use of technology in the commission of crime and in the investigation of crimes involving technology.

CJUS 326Theories of Crime and Criminal Law

Course Number: CJUS 326

Prereq: CJUS 101GS This course is intended to introduce students to the philosophical foundations of criminal law, as well as the various theories that have been proposed to address criminal offending and the prevention of crime. Students will evaluate each theory within the context of the crime and the criminal justice system in the United States.

CJUS 345Criminal Law3

Course Number: CJUS 345

Prereq: CJUS 101GS Examines the foundation and elements of criminal law. Special emphasis is placed upon the definition of crime, criminal liability, defenses to criminal liability and the sanctions for committing crime.

CJUS 353Crime Prevention and Security3

Course Number: CJUS 353

Prereq: CJUS 101GS Concerned with the security and safety of communities, businesses, and individuals. It emphasizes the needs for citizen involvement, private industry and business participation, educational programs, in cooperation with criminal justice agencies.

CJUS 370Women and Crime3

Course Number: CJUS 370

The study of gender criminology, female offenders, and the incarceration and treatment of offending women; an examination of female victims of male violence including battering, stalking, and sexual victimization; an evaluation of women working in the criminal justice field, their employment and promotion rates, gender discrimination, and safety on the job.

CJUS 375GSComparative Criminal Justice Systems3

Course Number: CJUS 375GS

An examination of selected non-American criminal justice systems. Specific areas of comparison will include but not be limited to, the police, judiciary, and criminal corrections, of selected foreign systems.

CJUS 380GSMinorities and Criminal Justice Systems3

Course Number: CJUS 380GS

This course provides a survey of minority relations and criminal justice adjudication in America (law enforcement, judicial processing and corrections). Particular attention is focused on majority/minority relations and how these sentiments are reflected within the criminal justice process. While many minority groups will be examined, three will be emphasized: (1) racial minorities; (2) female victims and offenders; and (3) unique white ethnic subcultures.

CJUS 401Special Topics3

Course Number: CJUS 401

Prereq: CJUS 101GS or permission of instructor Concerned with current issues and developments in the criminal justice field. Each semester a topic will be chosen as the subject for inquiry. It is designed for students who wish to explore current issues and broaden their exposure to important and timely issues in criminal justice. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours.

CJUS 480Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics and Career Development3

Course Number: CJUS 480

Graduating seniors must take this class in the school year they plan on graduating. This is a capstone course for the criminal justice program and will include assessment methods. Emphasis of the course will be on ethics in the criminal justice profession and the continued development of skills that will aid in the student's career development.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $272.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $324.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $816.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $972.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $395.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $447.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1185.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1341.75

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