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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts

Earn your stripes

Gain a solid understanding of the causes of crime and application of justice in this criminal justice degree program. Study topics such as criminology, victimology, psychology and political studies and visit local law enforcement agencies. Learn from nationally recognized experts and speak with professionals in the field.

Full-time students enrolled in this program can participate in internships in Washington, D.C., for a semester. Once you have earned your criminal justice degree, you may go on to law school or work in a variety of law enforcement careers. 

What you’ll learn as a criminal justice major

  • Law and the courts
  • Cross-disciplinary courses and how they influence the field of criminal justice
  • In field-based assignments blending theoretical knowledge with practical experience

Curriculum & requirements

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Career opportunities

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Estimated annual tuition

Alanna Carey
I feel like I would have missed out on a lot of experiences if I had I attended a larger school.
Alanna Carey, criminal justice major
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Complete one three-week J-Term course and explore innovative ideas, topics and experiential learning.

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Criminal justice curriculum

The criminal justice degree curriculum at Lynn is both innovative and future-focused. It allows you to study your prerequisites and the subjects that interest you the most beginning in your first year. 

Course preview

CRJ 202 Policing in America: Examine the role, function and the challenges of police in American society today. Explore historical developments, the operation of police organizations, the nature of police work, and the resulting job stress.

CRJ 320 Criminology: Study the nature, extent, etiology and control of law-breaking behavior. Establish empirical knowledge about crime and its control, based upon qualitative and quantitative research that forms a basis for understanding, explanation, prediction, prevention and criminal justice policy.

CRJ 496 Victimology: Explore theories of victimization, the evolution of the victims’ rights movement, experiences of victims in the criminal justice system and interactions with other social service agencies, repeat victimization, and successful approaches to working with crime victims.

Graduates must complete a total of 120 credits.

Criminal justice jobs and law enforcement careers

Whether you are starting a new career, or you want to advance in your current job, a criminal justice degree will open the door to many opportunities. You’ll find yourself qualified for criminal justice jobs and careers in government at the federal, state, county and local levels, and in the private sector, such as:

  • Victim advocate/services
  • Corrections officer
  • Private security
  • Juvenile justice/delinquency prevention

You may also choose to continue your education and earn your M.S. in criminal justice administration degree, or go on to law school to pursue one of the following career paths:

  • Defense attorney
  • Prosecutor
  • Court reporter
  • Judge paralegal
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