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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Online

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Program Overview

Answer the call to be a positive force within law enforcement, courts and corrections by earning your Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Designed to help you succeed and advance in local, state, federal and private agencies (as well as law school and graduate study), this program strengthens your foundational knowledge and analytical skills.

Our online curriculum connects theory to practice using a comprehensive approach to complex crime issues from political, legal, psychological and sociological perspectives. As a student, you will gain a strong understanding of key criminal justice subject areas, including victimology, criminology, police leadership, administration of justice, and law adjudication.

Tuition
$285 Per Credit Hour
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Credit Hours
124 Credit Hours
Tuition
$285 Per Credit Hour
Calendar
Varies Program Duration
Credit Hours
124 Credit Hours
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Tuition

Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers its students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition that includes fees.

Tuition
$285 Per Credit Hour
Tuition
$855 Per 3-Credit-Hour Course

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Additional Fees

Application: $20
International Student Application: $55

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SOSU's Federal School Code is 003179. If you plan to use federal financial aid, it is recommended that you apply for and have your financial aid awards finalized before enrolling. To expedite this, it is important that you file your FAFSA as soon as possible after applying.

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Student Financial Aid Office
425 W. University Blvd.
Durant, OK 74701-3347

Phone: 580-745-2186
Fax: 580-745-7469
Email: financialaid@SE.edu


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Our course schedule features multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started. View the full calendar chart below for upcoming start dates and important corresponding deadlines.

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Admissions

Let's start boosting your career! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for this online program, along with information on required documentation.

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To meet the admission requirements for the B.A. in Criminal Justice, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Transfer Students: Students who have attempted seven or more semester hours of college credit. Remedial and activity courses are not counted.

  • Students are accepted as long as their cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher. If the student’s cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0 but it does not indicate a suspension, they can enroll at SOSU for the upcoming semester; however, they would be placed on probation until that cumulative GPA reaches at least a 2.0. If their last semester does indicate a suspension, they would be required to sit out a semester before enrolling at SOSU. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SOSU.
  • College placement testing: Students will be required to take a test in each of the three areas (English, Math and Reading) unless they have successfully completed a college course in that area or have provided ACT scores of at least a 19. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiencies. If they do not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies should be completed within the first 12 credit hours (typically one semester). Our Learning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.

Adult Freshmen: 21 or older and has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.

  • Provide a completed high school transcript or GED
  • College placement testing is required if the student does not provide ACT or SAT scores. See testing information above.

New Freshmen: A student who has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.

  • Minimum ACT of 20 (or SAT equivalent) or 2.7 overall high school GPA and top 50% of graduating class OR 2.7 GPA in the 15-unit core curriculum (four English, three Math, three History, three Science and two Electives)
  • College placement testing: There are three tests (English, Math and Reading) that are given to students who do not score at least a 19 on the ACT or equivalent SAT scores in that area. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiency.

If the student does not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies are required to be completed within the first 24 credit hours (typically two semesters). Our earning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.

Returning Students: Students who have not attended any other school since leaving SOSU are accepted under the following circumstances:

  • The student has a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0; or
  • If the student’s cumulative GPA is under a 2.0 and their final semester with SOSU was on academic probation, they can return on probation. This status will stay in effect until the student raises their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0.
  • For students who have been suspended, university policy states that for the first suspension, a student must sit out at least one semester before returning. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SOSU.

Note: There would not be any placement testing required for these students since they should have already participated in testing; however, they may have some deficiencies that need to be completed.


Courses

For the B.A. in Criminal Justice online, students must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours. The curriculum is comprised of 30 Core credit hours, 31 Organizational and Strategic Communication credit hours, 44 General Education credit hours, 18-24 credit hours in a minor, and 12 elective hours selected in consultation with an advisor to meet university requirements for graduation.

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Students must complete the following courses for a total of 30 credit hours:

CJ 2533: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the historical development and contemporary practices related to the major components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts and corrections.

CJ 3113: Introduction to Policing in the U.S.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a critical overview of policing and current issues that relate to law enforcement in the U.S. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533)

CJ 3123: Introduction to Law & The Legal System

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the current legal system, both criminal and civil. The course will focus on the historical development of the U.S. legal system and introduce students to the legal requirements of our system of justice. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533)

CJ 3133: Introduction to U.S. Corrections

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the historical development of the correctional system and a complete analysis of the system. Topics included are the prison community, effects of incarceration, rehabilitative efforts and community treatment strategies. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533)

CJ 4260: Independent Study in Criminal Justice

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: Varies

A current review of scientific literature in one of the areas of criminal justice: policing, legal systems, corrections of juvenile justice. Instructor permission required; variable credit hours 1-4. (Prerequisites: CJ 2533, SOC 4333)

CJ 4333: Capstone in Criminal Justice

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth, comprehensive research project designed to provide students the accumulation of the criminal justice program. (Prerequisites: CJ 2533, SOC 4333, CJ 3113, CJ 3123, CJ 3133, SOC 3523, SOC 3033, SOC 3123, 9 elective hours)

SOC 3523: Juvenile Delinquency

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of research and theory related to the causes, extent and correction of delinquency.

SOC 3003: Introduction to Social Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the empirical approaches and techniques in Sociology, including the study of both descriptive and inferential statistics.

SOC 3313: Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the philosophy and methods related to sociological research. (Prerequisite: SOC 1113 and 3003)

Note: Previously listed as SOC 3123 Methods of Social Research

SOC 4333: Criminology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Summary of sociological research on crime, theories of criminal behavior, and trends in criminal law and correction.

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 credit hours:

CJ 3333: Administration of Criminal Justice

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of administration and organization of the major components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice and the courts. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533)

CJ 3323: Criminal Investigations & Forensics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Criminal investigation procedures including case preparation, specific techniques for specific offenses and crime science. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533)

CJ 3343: Victimology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A historical and contemporary examination of crime and how victims are treated in contemporary society. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533)

CJ 3433: Criminal Law and Procedures

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of statutory criminal law and its application to law enforcement and the criminal courts in the United States. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533)

CJ 4283: Correctional Law

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the laws governing the field of corrections from both the inmates’ and correctional employees’ point of view. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533

CJ 4403: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an analysis of differing criminal justice systems across nation-states. (Prerequisite: CJ 2533)

SFTY 3133: Drugs in Society

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of drugs and their effects. This course examines physiological, psychological and societal effects of drug misuse and abuse in our society. In addition, the historical development of behavior-altering substances from the early Chinese to the modern drug culture is studied.

Students must complete one of the following courses for a total of 3 credit hours:

PSY 3373: Psychology of Personality

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive survey of contemporary and classical theories of personality, personality development, and concepts used in understanding personality. (Prerequisite: PSY 1113)

PSY 4313: Abnormal Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the dynamics, etiology, prevention and treatment of abnormal behavior, including the anxiety and psychosomatic disorders, depressive disorders, social and interpersonal disorders, psychoses, substance abuse disorders, and other abnormal personality patterns. (Prerequisites: PSY 1113 and three additional upper division hours of psychology.)

In consultation with an advisor, students must select a minor, which will range between 18-24 credit hours.

Students must complete 44 credit hours of General Education courses from the following categories.

Communications (9 hours)

  1. English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
  2. Speech Communications (COMM 2213)

Social Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)

  1. Political Science (POSC 1513)
  2. American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
  3. Social Science (SOC 1113)
  4. Mental and Physical Health (PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 hours)

  1. Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114)
  2. Physical Sciences (PSCI 1114 or 1414)
  3. Mathematics (MATH 1303 or 1513)
  4. Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1553 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 hours: 3-6 from group 1; 3-6 from group 2; 0-3 from group 3)

  1. Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113; or PHIL 2113)
  2. Fine Arts (ART 1103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 3133; or THTR 1183, 3183)
  3. Foreign Language (SPAN 1113 or NS 1213)

Electives selected with an advisor as needed to meet university graduation requirements.

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