Online Criminal Justice, BS | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Criminal Justice, BS

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science program is built with coursework that reflects current trends in criminal justice from faculty who have both practitioner and research expertise.

Students choose this program to: 

  • Receive a broad academic and multidisciplinary background in criminal justice.
  • Gain exposure to ethical standards required of leadership positions within the employment areas of law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, private security and the courts .
  • Obtain assistance in gaining employment within criminal justice and related career fields.
  • Cultivate a realistic awareness of present and historical trends of crime and criminal methodology .
  • Stimulate awareness of deviant and abnormal human behavior of concern to criminal justice practitioners .
  • Acquaint students with current literature and research pertaining to the administration of justice .

The Criminal Justice, BS offers two programs of study:

  • Criminal Justice Comprehensive
  • Criminal Justice Major

Internship : A highlight of the program is the intensive internship that provides hands-on experience in the field. The internship is completed at a location convenient to the student. Students benefit from the connections of the school and faculty. Past placements have included the Nebraska State Patrol and National Security Agency. 

Career Outlook : Professionals with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice pursue employment with municipal, county, state or federal government agencies or with private corporations in the areas of law enforcement, corrections, the court system and juvenile justice. Hiring standards in the field are becoming increasingly competitive, giving job seekers who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in criminal justice a distinct advantage. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts sustained growth in the field of criminal justice, a field that includes many different types of professions.  

This program is ideal for individuals seeking careers as (a):

  • Police Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Fire Investigator
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement

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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High school diploma

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.

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 103Orientation to Criminal Justice1

Course Number: CJUS 103

This course provides a review of academic, professional and career planning issues of a criminal justice major.

CJUS 215Correctional Services and Systems3

Course Number: CJUS 215

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

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.

CJUS 250Criminal Justice Research Methods I3

Course Number: CJUS 250

A course intended to give students some fundamentals in planning, research, and grant writing for criminal justice subsystems, (Program planning and evaluation).

CJUS 326Theories of Crime and Criminal Law3

Course Number: CJUS 326

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 340Criminal Evidence, Procedure and the Courts3

Course Number: CJUS 340

The emphasis of this course will be on the concept of evidence and the rules governing its admissibility. There will also be theoretical and pragmatic considerations of constitutional requirements affecting evidence and procedure.

CJUS 475Internship6 or 9

Course Number: CJUS 475

Prereq: junior or senior standing, permission of instructor and department chair. Designed to give students on-the-job exposure to their areas of interest within the criminal justice system. Offered only as credit/no credit.

CJUS 480Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics and Career...3

Course Number: CJUS 480

Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics and Career DevelopmentGraduating 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.

SOWK 440Fundamentals of Research in Social Welfare3

Course Number: SOWK 440

This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of social work research methodology, educate them about the ethics and politics involved, and promote their understanding of research issues relevant to diversity, multiculturalism, as well as social and economic injustices

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $280.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $337.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $1011.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $405.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $462.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1215.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $1386.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

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