Criminology and Criminal Justice, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $534.00

Program Overview

The online Criminology and Criminal Justice, BS is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are interested in learning about criminal behavior and sociological study. 

Students of this program: 

  • Demonstrate mastery of core areas of criminology and criminal justice. 
  • Gain knowledge from faculty who are subject matter experts in the areas of youth and adult victimization, correctional excellence, policing, global terrorism among other critical areas of criminal justice. 
  • Apply specialized knowledge through field-based learning experiences, civic and/or community engagement activities and/or policy analysis. 
  • Explore diverse positions, including those representing different cultural, economic and geographic interests in the context of criminology and criminal justice. 
  • Learn to locate, integrate and use information from varied sources to effectively communicate in writing and other mediums.

The UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a nationally recognized leader in the scientific study of the causes of crime and criminal justice responses. 

Undergraduate students are taught by faculty who have unsurpassed research and field experience and credentials. The faculty lead the scientific advancement of knowledge through research on the etiology of criminal behavior and the development of policies and practices in the criminal justice system.

Career Outlook: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location.

Potential careers include:

  • Police and Sheriff
  • Detective or Criminal Investigator
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Transit and Railroad Police
  • DEA Agent
  • Probation Officer
  • Correctional Officers and Bailiffs
  • Emergency Management Directors
  • Probation Officer and Correction Treatment Specialists

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High School Diploma or GED

  2. 2 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Taken the ACT or SAT

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students take

  • 40 hours of general education
  • 43 hours CRCJ courses required for major
  • 18 hours area of concentration or minor
  • 19 hours general electives

Additionally, students will take 12 credits of elective courses within the major.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CRCJ 1010Survey of Criminal Justice3
This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice process and the criminal justice system in general. Concepts of crime and justice are discussed as well as the rights of individuals in a democratic society. The law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice, and corrections systems are explored.
CRCJ 3350Criminology3
General survey of the nature and causes of crime and the effort of the criminal justice system to predict, prevent, modify and correct this behavior
CRCJ 2410Criminal Procedure3
This course deals with the legal aspects of the investigation and arrest processes as well as the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court.
CRCJ 2510Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
The primary goal of this course is to facilitate your growth as both consumers and producers of research. We will explore a variety of methodologies (e.g., survey research/self-report, official stats/secondary data, quasi-experimental design, etc.) used in criminological and criminal justice research. Further, we will evaluate these methodologies within the context of design concerns such as: research purpose, operationalization, validity, reliability, and ethics.
CRCJ 3100Writing for Criminal Justice3
This is a writing course for all Criminology and Criminal Justice majors. Students will learn how to write effective cover letters, incident reports, position papers, and executive summaries.
6 credits of the following (CRCJ)0
CRCJ 2030 Police and Society; CRCJ 2110 Criminal Court System; CRCJ 2210 Survey of Corrections; CRCJ 2220 Community-Based Corrections
6 credits of the following (CRCJ)0
CRCJ 3390 Women, Crime and Justice; CRCJ 3380 Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice; CRCJ 3410 Law and the Black Community; CRCJ 4750 International Criminology and Criminal Justice; CRCJ 4760 Terrorism
3 credits of the following (CRCJ)0
CRCJ 3370 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice; CRCJ 4710 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: England; CRCJ 4960 Issues in Crime and Justice
CRCJ 4990Applied Senior Assessment in Criminal Justice3
This assessment tool is part of the School's Student Outcomes effort. It is designed to monitor the School's performance and to identify changes needed. Graduating seniors must register for and complete CRCJ 4990 - Senior Assessment in the term in which they plan to graduate.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Julie Campbell, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Associate Professor

Julie Campbell has played a pivotal role in the collaboration of criminal justice programs across the University of Nebraska campuses. Her leadership has led to programs that draw from the strengths of the Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha campuses. U.S. News & World Report, Military Times and other notable organizations have recognized these programs for excellence

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 24
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SessionJul 01