Criminal Justice

Online Degree Program

Overview

In the Fall of 2012, the UNK Criminal Justice Department began offering a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Online Degree Completion Program for students interested in Criminal Justice.  The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Online Degree Completion is a collaborative degree program offered by the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL). UNK is the degree granting institution. 

This program will allow students to complete all of the requirements for the UNK Criminal Justice Major or UNK Criminal Justice Comprehensive Major online, without ever having to attend classes on University of Nebraska campuses. Students are strongly recommended to have had completed their general studies courses necessary for a Bachelor's degree independently, before beginning the degree completion coursework.  If general studies courses are not yet complete, students will need to work with the program coordinator to determine best options for completing general studies courses elsewhere while completing online courses at UNK.  While the courses are online, distance students will have access to the same high quality faculty, instructional techniques, and curriculum, as those students attending. The program of study also includes hands-on experience through an internship completed a location convenient to the student.

The BSCJ program is a great fit for students who have already completed some college coursework, but are unable to relocate to the Kearney area. The program is ideal for transfer students who already have community college course credits, working professionals, and those who are seeking a second undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. The BSCJ program combines courses from the University of Nebraska campuses including Omaha (UNO), Lincoln (UNL), and Kearney (UNK) and will allow students to complete all of the requirements for the criminal justice comprehensive major online, without ever having to attend classes on the UNK campus. Students also have the option to complete the traditional criminal justice major, which includes a completing a minor in another area of study (***please speak to the online program coordinator about online minor programs available).

Online courses in criminal justice are currently being offered on all three of the University of Nebraska campuses, and students interested in online courses can begin at the start of each semester (fall, spring or summer).  A variety of core courses will be offered at different times throughout the calendar year and online students are not required to come to UNK’s campus. A simple intercampus registration process allows students to select courses from any of the NU campuses.  For more information on intercampus enrollment, click here

Program information

2013-2014 Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science 
Program Requirements Overview  
 
 
General Studies Courses 45 hours
Criminal Justice Core Courses 27 hours
Criminal Justice Electives 9 hours
Minor Courses 24 hours
Unrestricted Electives 15 hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE   120 hours 










To view specific course information for the Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Program, please click here. 

 

2014-2015 Criminal Justice Comprehensive Bachelor of Science
Program Requirements Overview
 
 
General Studies Courses 45 hours  
Criminal Justice Comprehensive Core Courses   28 hours
Criminal Justice Comprehensive Criminal Justice Electives 21 hours 
Criminal Justice Comprehensive Social Science Electives   9 hours  
Unrestricted Electives   17 hours  
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE  120 hours 
To view specific course information for the Criminal Justice Comprehensive Bachelor of Science Program, please click here. 


In addition to the courses required for the BSCJ major, UNK also requires 45 credit hours of a General Studies program.  Many two-year degree programs, including those at community colleges, fulfill these General Studies requirements.  To view the requirements of the General Studies program or to view the list of approved General Studies courses in each category, click here.    

Get Started

1. Apply for Admission

When should I apply for admission?  Individuals who have already completed high school should submit their application at least four weeks prior to the start of the term in which they are seeking admission.

2. Contact Advisor 

Your advisor will assist you in reviewing previous coursework, making a plan for registration and reviewing the program. 

3.  Register for Classes

4. I've Registered, now what?

5.  Review Online Student Letter