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Criminology and Criminal Justice


Program Overview

Take the first step toward a fulfilling career in criminal justice with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The University of Alabama. Complete your degree online and broaden your career possibilities while balancing your work and other responsibilities.

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Build a Career That Can Make a Real Difference

Deepen your understanding of the legal system with an emphasis on the research and theory that are critical to investigating and preventing criminal behavior. Courses are delivered in a flexible online format and are taught by the same faculty who teach on UA’s campus.

Classes like Judicial Process, Corrections, and Law and Society will enhance your writing and communication skills while helping you grasp the structure of the judicial system. Armed with this degree, you can pursue careers in fields such as law enforcement, private or corporate security, corrections, legal and investigative services, or compliance and intelligence analysis.

  • Application DeadlineJuly 2 for fall admission; November 5 for spring admission; April 5 for summer admission
  • Fees$81 A&S undergraduate fee (per course)
  • Other Program Specifics*Test scores are waived for Fall 2021 semester applications


The BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice program consists of 120 credit hours. Students complete 36 credit hours within the Criminal Justice major.

Please note that courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 280 Research Methods
  • CJ 300 Survey of Criminal Theories
  • CJ 381 Statistics
  • CJ 220 Law Enforcement
  • CJ 240 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ 250 Judicial Process
  • CJ 270 Correction
  • CJ 352 Social Inequality and Crime
  • CJ 424 Hate Crimes
  • CJ 430 Drugs, Crime and Policy
  • CJ 483 Law and Society

Students will also be required to complete a minor in Communication Studies or Computing Technology and Applications.

General Education and Core Curriculum Requirements

  • 6-8 hours of computer or foreign language (3 hours of the computer requirement is satisfied by ST 260)
  • 6 hours of freshman composition (satisfied by EN 101 and EN 102)
  • 3 hours of math (MATH 110 Finite Mathematics or higher)
  • 12 hours of history, social and behavioral sciences (3 hours of history and 9 hours of other HI and SB courses)
  • 12 hours of humanities and fine arts (3 hours of fine arts, 3 hours of literature and 6 hours of other fine arts, literature or humanities courses. Each student must complete a 6-credit-hour sequence in either literature or history.)
  • 8 hours of natural sciences


Admission to the BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program requires a completed admissions application and transcripts to be submitted from all colleges previously attended. Transfer students considering admission should review UA’s transfer information and policies.

Applicants must meet one of the following admission requirements:

  • If you have earned more than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet the transfer student admission requirement of a minimum 2.0 overall college GPA.
  • If you have earned less than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet both the 2.0 overall college GPA required for transfer students, as well as Admission Requirements for Freshmen Students.  If high school graduation was more than four years ago, ACT/SAT scores are not required.

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