• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    121
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $349.70
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $930.00

The orientation of the criminology and criminal justice faculty and of the degree program prepares the graduate to work professionally for local, state, and federal agencies concerned with maintaining public safety by the prevention of crime and apprehension and rehabilitation of offenders. The B.S. in criminology and criminal justice is also advantageous for careers with various social agencies, especially those connected with the juvenile court system, probation and parole, and local police. Many students use the B.S. in criminology and criminal justice as preparation for law school.


The interdisciplinary curricula unify a body of knowledge from criminology, social science, law, public administration, and corrections, and provide the student with an understanding of the assumptions, values, and processes of the system of justice. Many pre-law students choose criminology and criminal justice as an undergraduate major because of the excellent preparation offered for law school. An internship program is offered for college credit. The liaison, supervision, and experience with public agencies that form an integral part of this program help the student arrive at a career decision.

Courses

Core
  • CRIMIN 1100Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice3 Credits

    Introduction to the basic concepts and approaches in the study of criminology and criminal justice. The major components of the criminal justice system are examined.

  • CRIMIN 1110Theories of Crime3 Credits

    Introduction to major theoretical approaches to the study of crime and justice.

  • CRIMIN 1120Criminal Law3 Credits

    Analysis of substantive criminal law, evidence and judicial procedure.

  • CRIMIN 2130Criminal Justice Policy3 Credits

    Introduction to criminal justice policy making, planning and implementation.

  • CRIMIN 2210Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice3 Credits

    Examination of basic methods of research design, measurement and data collection in criminology and criminal justice.

  • CRIMIN 2220Statistical Analysis In Criminology And Criminal Justice 4 Credits

    Prerequisites: CRIMIN 2210 (may be taken concurrently) and the university math proficiency requirement. This course is an introduction to techniques of quantitative data analysis. Both descriptive and inferential statistics are applied to problems in criminology and criminal justice. Includes a one hour lab.

  • CRIMIN 2240Policing3 Credits

    Overview of current and historical perspectives on the function of American policing. Emphasis on the management of police organizations and relationships with the community.

  • CRIMIN 2250Courts3 Credits

    This course provides an overview of current and historical perspectives on the function of the American courts. Emphasis on the dynamics of courthouse justice, with special attention placed on the roles of the prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, defendants, victims, and jurors regarding the decisions that impact the adjudication process.

  • CRIMIN 2260Corrections3 Credits

    Examination of correctional philosophies and practices. Emphasis on the history of corrections, the formal and informal organization of correctional facilities, inmate rights, and correctional alternatives.

  • CRIMIN 3305Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice3 Credits

    Analysis of crime and criminal justice systems in selected cultures. Emphasis on the ways in which these cultures define and respond to criminal behavior. Fulfills CRIMIN diversity requirement.

  • CRIMIN 4325Gender, Crime, and Justice3 Credits

    Analysis of the role of gender in crime and in the justice system. Emphasis on gender differences in crime commission, criminal processing, and the employment of women in criminal justice agencies. Fulfills CRIMIN diversity requirement.

  • CRIMIN 4330Violence Against Women3 Credits

    This course examines the nature, extent, causes and consequences of various types of violence against women, including rape, sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence. Criminal justice policy and practice regarding violence against women are also examined.

  • CRIMIN 4340Race, Crime, and Justice3 Credits

    Analysis of the involvement of racial minorities in crime and the criminal justice system. Emphasis on group differences in offending, processing, victimization, and employment in criminal justice agencies. Fulfills CRIMIN diversity requirement.

  • CRIMIN 4390Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice3 Credits

    In this capstone course, students demonstrate the ability to work independently, integrating theory and research in criminology and criminal justice in a major paper supervised by the instructor.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $412.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1236.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $930.00
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $992.30
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2790.00
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $2976.90
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $524.55
  • Fees: $72.70
  • Total: $597.25
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1573.65
  • Fees: $218.10
  • Total: $1791.75
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $412.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1236.00
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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