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Criminal Justice, BS

Uphold Justice, Security, and the Rule of Law

Help ensure society maintains peace and order by understanding the criminal justice system. You will learn the realities and concerns of society through the lens of political science, psychology, history, and sociology. Criminal justice is a rapidly expanding field with an extensive list of career paths. By understanding the law and how it plays out among people, you will be able to choose a career that keeps the peace.

Degree at a Glance

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*This estimation reflects three semesters of tuition and fees for in-state part-time resident students using the 2022-2023 Tuition & Fee schedule. Final tuition and fees may vary on a case by case basis. Please contact the Utah State University registrar’s department, or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for full information regarding tuition and fees.

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Career Outlook for Graduates

Criminal justice graduates have a wide variety of career paths in areas like law enforcement, courts, criminalistics (crime labs and investigations), law, juvenile law, and corrections. The field is growing rapidly and there a lot of careers available, such as becoming a police officer, correctional officer, law clerk, paralegal, juvenile detention, and more.

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Why Earn a Criminal Justice Degree from USU Online

The faculty are working professionals or retired from various criminal justice fields. They are able to teach from real-world experience, helping students connect the dots between course material and application. The course covers current methods and technologies in the criminal justice field. 

Some of the courses include criminal law, policing, crime scene processing, forensic science, child abuse and neglect, and more. Through USU Online, the majority of students are able to complete the degree in two years.

Resources for Online Students

For online students based in Utah, resources such as local support, study spaces, BlueZone WiFi, and testing services, are available at the statewide campus nearest to them. Students both in-state and out-of-state have access to virtual services provided from various organizations and offices based at Logan main campus. See our Student Resources page for more information.

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Out-of-State and International Student Disclaimer
Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.
International students studying at USU on the F-1 or J-1 visa must have the majority of their classes each semester be face-to-face in order to meet the physical presence requirement to maintain their visa status. Students on the F-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan or USU Eastern campuses. Students on the J-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan campus.

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Scott Henrie

M. Scott Henrie
Professor - Criminal Justice
Eastern Peace Officer Academy Director
(435) 613-5135