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Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

Complete Coursework: varies Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $248.25 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology online is not a typical Criminal Justice degree. It offers you a deeper understanding of the big picture of crime and its social contexts, particularly how inequalities (race, class, gender, sexualities), the role of individual background, and social forces intersect. You will learn about the underlying sociological factors that lead to delinquent behaviors—and what can be done to reverse these trends. This degree can help you move into advanced studies in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, public health, public administration or psychology. Graduates of the B.A. in Criminology are prepared to enter many public service fields, including local, state and federal government or local police departments.

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Interested in pursuing a double major? A-State Online allows you to pair our B.A. in Criminology with select A-State Online degrees: B.A. in Communication Studies, B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Sociology.

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Program Requirements

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

The introductory survey course in criminology, dealing with the main components of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, and corrections, as well as issues and procedures pertinent to the operation of these components.
Rules of Evidence of import at the operational level in law enforcement and criminal procedures, personal conduct of the officer as a witness, examination of safeguarding personal constitutional liberties.
An examination of the context, structure, and dynamics of local, state, and federal criminal confinement facilities.
Explores the relationship of the police to courts, probation, community corrections, institutional corrections, and parole. Also explores the relationship between police and other social institutions and the philosophy of police as an agent of social control.
Sociological patterns of crime and criminals, with emphasis on causes, effects, and prevention.
General functions of the individual agencies and the duties and responsibilities of the individuals who perform these functions.
Senior research project in Criminology intended to demonstrate student’s ability to formulate a proposal, collect and analyze data, and present findings.

Prerequistes, Declared Criminology major, SOC 3383, SOC 4293

Central concepts and techniques of conducting descriptive and inferential analysis employed in quantitative investigation to understand social processes and phenomena.
Overview of quantitative and qualitative tools used in the social sciences to analyze relationships among social variables.

Major Electives

Students must take 21 hours of major electives.

An examination of non-institutional correctional agencies and techniques including probation, parole, diversion, pretrial release, community service, restitution, halfway house, and similar programs.
Causative factors in home, school, and community, extent of the problem, and methods of prevention and treatment.
Historical and current trends in serial homicide, including viewpoints of offenders, victims, and law-enforcement community. Must be arranged with the professor and approved by department chair.
Social justice in the criminal justice system, including issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Must be arranged with the professor and approved by department chair.
Examines race, ethnicity and other bases for minority status in society, focusing on social inequality and the social construction of minority and majority group statuses and relations.
Examines various types of unusual group behavior, such as panics, riots, protests, fads, urban myths and legends, and millenarian groups. Must be arranged in consultation with a professor, and approved by the department chair.
An exploration of the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of drug use and abuse. Special attention will be focused on proper use of drugs within contemporary society.

Communication Requirement

Must have six credit hours of the following courses.

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.
Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement

Must have three to four credit hours or any higher level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite. The course listed below is the only one offered online through A-State at this time. You may also take Math 1054.

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Arts and Humanities Requirement

Students must complete three courses from this section. At least one must be a fine arts course, one humanities, and one English course. Please note that Intro to the Literature of the Western World I ENG 2003 and Intro to the Literature of the Western World II ENG 2013 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other Fine Arts courses not offered online are ART 2501, THEA 2503, PHIL 1103.

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.
This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

Social Sciences Requirement

Three of the following courses must be completed. At least one course must be selected from SOC 2213, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Please note that POSC 2103, Introduction to American Government, and SOC 2213, Introduction to Sociology are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other social science courses that can be taken but not offered online are ECON 2313, ECON 2333, POSC 1003.

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
Human society and social behavior.
Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement

One of the following courses and lab must be completed. Please note that Biological Science BIO 1003 and Laboratory for Biological Science BIO 1001 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other courses that may be taken but not offered online are BIO 1033, BIO 1063, BIO 2013.

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.
Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.
Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign Language up to 12 hours (courses to be determined)

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