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B.A. in Criminology
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology Online

Program Overview


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.

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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.

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.

To initiate a double major, fill out this form, and an advisor will contact you.

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Tuition


Our B.A. in Criminology online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. Administrative fees are included in the tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774
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$218.00 $40.00 $258.00 $654.00 $120.00 $774.00

Calendar


Our B.A. in Criminology is a flexible online program with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
Spring 2020 7wk 1/13/2020 2/28/2020 12/30/2019 1/3/2020 1/9/2020 1/10/2020 2/18/2020
7wk 3/9/2020 5/1/2020 2/24/2020 2/28/2020 3/5/2020 3/6/2020 4/15/2020
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Admissions


A-State Online offers a streamline admission process for both new students and transfers. Review the requirements for admission to the B.A. in Criminology Studies online program below.

  • When completing the online application, choose the appropriate application type – A-State Online Freshman (if you have never attended college) or A-State Online Transfer (if you have previously attended any college).
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students that have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

When the student has:

  • Less than 12 college hours: submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

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Courses


Students must complete 120 credit hours of coursework.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

CRIM 1023: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CRIM 2263: Criminal Evidence and Procedure

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CRIM 3183: Institutional Corrections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the context, structure, and dynamics of local, state, and federal criminal confinement facilities.

CRIM 3223: Police and Society

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CRIM 3263: Criminology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Sociological patterns of crime and criminals, with emphasis on causes, effects, and prevention.

CRIM 4103: Criminal Justice Systems

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

General functions of the individual agencies and the duties and responsibilities of the individuals who perform these functions.

CRIM 4493: Capstone in Criminology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

SOC 3383: Social Statistics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Central concepts and techniques of conducting descriptive and inferential analysis employed in quantitative investigation to understand social processes and phenomena.

SOC 4073: Sociology of Family Violence

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the causes, prevalence and consequences of child abuse, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse.

SOC 4293: Methods of Social Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of quantitative and qualitative tools used in the social sciences to analyze relationships among social variables.

Students must take 21 hours of major electives.

CRIM 3193: Community Corrections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of non-institutional correctional agencies and techniques including probation, parole, diversion, pretrial release, community service, restitution, halfway house, and similar programs.

CRIM 3323: Juvenile Delinquency

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Causative factors in home, school, and community, extent of the problem, and methods of prevention and treatment.

CRIM 3423: Serial Homicide

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CRIM 4243: Social Justice

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

SOC 3353: Minority Groups

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

SOC 3463: Collective Behavior

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

HLTH 4543: Drug Use and Abuse

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

Must have 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

Must have 3 to 4 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.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

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.

ENG 2003: Intro/Literature Western World I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Intro/Literature Western World II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

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.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

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.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

BIO 1001: Laboratory for Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

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.

CHEM 1043: Fundamentals of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CHEM 1041: Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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

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