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Criminology and Criminal Justice, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) with an area of concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice focuses on the theories and practices found in crime prevention, law, investigation, policy and other areas of the criminal justice system.

This program combines knowledge on current trends in criminal justice and criminology as it looks at society, government and corporate responses to crime on the local, national and international levels.  

Students choose this program because:

  • The diverse academic experience, this degree combines courses from the Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney campuses. Faculty have both real-life and research expertise in the field. 
  • They gain the knowledge to pursue an advanced degree, in areas such as law, political science and sociology. 
  • The distinct advantage of having an undergraduate degree with a concentration in criminal justice when looking for a job within the field. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts sustained growth in the field of criminal justice, a field that is extremely diverse. The annual median pay for Police and Detectives was $61,600 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016. On the other hand, the job outlook for Forensic Science Technicians was growing at 17% which is much faster than average. The continual demand for professionals in this field will guarantee graduates a job post-graduation.  

Graduates of the online BMS degree with an area of concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice may find careers in a multitude of areas, including:

  • Corrections 
  • Court administration 
  • Education 
  • Juvenile justice 
  • Politics 
  • Security 
  • Social work 
  • Criminology 
  • Law enforcement 
  • Loss prevention 
More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS): 

Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelors programs in the United States from U.S. News and World Report, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.

The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. This online degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences which have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees. 

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Taken the SAT or ACT

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. Earned a 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

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Semester
June 1

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in their area of concentration. In addition, students must also complete two secondary fields, each consisting of 12 credit hours from the same subject.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CJUS 201The Juvenile Justice System3

Course Number: CJUS 201

Prereq: CJUS 101GS This course is intended to introduce various components that comprise the juvenile justice system. Topics will include juvenile courts, role modeling, interaction between youth and the juvenile justice system, and the future of the juvenile justice system.

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 360Sex Crimes3

Course Number: CJUS 360

This course is designed to introduce the students to the growing problem of sex crimes. Areas covered will include prostitution, the role of fantasy in sex crimes, pornography, Internet related sex crimes, sex trafficking and tourism, pedophilia, dangerous sex crimes, and rape. Related laws, typologies of offenders, profiling offenders, and evidence collection will also be discussed.

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 380GSMinorities and Criminal Justice3

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 430Drugs and the Criminal Justice System3

Course Number: CJUS 430

This course focuses on the historical and contemporary pattern of psychoactive drug use in the United States and on the development of criminal justice policies intended to reduce or eliminate drug use and/or drug problems. Specific topics include major types of psychoactive drugs, the War on Drugs, the international context of drug production and distribution, and personal and social problems resulting from drug use. A major focus of the course will be the evaluation of different criminal justice strategies for reducing drug-related problems.

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 499Independent Study1-3

Course Number: CJUS 499

Prereq: senior standing, permission of instructor and department chair. An examination in depth of specific areas of the criminal justice system, with emphasis on the special roles of related agencies and disciplines.

CRCJ 1010Survey of Criminal Justice3

Course Number: CRCJ 1010

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 3000Criminal Justice Statistics3

Course Number: CRCJ 3000

A course in the basic statistics of public sector research and public administration decision-making. The emphasis is on exploration of data processing and techniques as they relate to statistical analysis and on understanding the proper application of statistics. Prereq: MATH1320 College Algebra

CRCJ 4130Sociology of Deviant Behavior3

Course Number: CRCJ 4130

This course is designed to investigate the etiology of many forms of norm-violating conduct. Emphasis will be placed on rule-breaking behavior as defined in the criminal statutes. (Cross-listed with CRCJ 8136) Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4750International Criminology & Criminal Justice3

Course Number: CRCJ 4750

This course analyzes the dynamics of criminality and the social response to criminality across countries. Differences in crime and justice between developed and developing countries and between socialist and capitalist nations are emphasized. Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $285.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $337.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $855.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1011.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $520.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $572.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1560.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1716.75

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