The online criminal justice degree at Notre Dame College provides students with an overview of the justice system, homeland security and emerging law enforcement trends in criminal intelligence and cyber security. This diverse approach allows students to explore specific areas of interest in the criminal justice field.

The Notre Dame College BA in Criminal Justice Online Advantage

  • Affordable tuition
  • Delivered online
  • Work at your own pace
  • Courses taught by full-time expert faculty

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Criminal Justice Degree Outcomes

Graduates of the online criminal justice program will be able to describe and analyze the basic structure of the U.S. criminal justice system, including police, courts, corrections and victims, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students with this major can also critique the criminal justice system, including the legal, theoretical and public policy issues that impact it. Criminal justice graduates will also have a strong background knowledge of current criminal justice theories and applications, qualifying them to compare and contrast contemporary criminal justice issues. They will demonstrate the ability to construct and evaluate research designs and methods related to agency programs, investigating empirical and theoretical issues related to justice. Finally, graduates will be able to articulate knowledge and appreciation for diversity and its effects within the context of the criminal justice system.

Criminal Justice Careers

  • Law enforcement
  • Federal service agencies
  • The courts
  • Corrections
  • Homeland security
  • Victim advocacy
  • Security
  • Substance abuse counselor

For more information on careers in the criminal justice field, click here.

Criminal Justice Courses

Students enrolled in the criminal justice program at NDC complete the following coursework:  Major Courses (45 credits)

  • CJ 131 American Criminal Justice
  • CJ 235 Theory & Applied Criminology
  • CJ 432 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 450 Senior Research Seminar
  • CJ 495 Senior Practicum

Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Select three of the following:

  • IP 350 Terrorism
  • PO 415 Politics of Homeland Security
  • Cyber Crime and Security
  • Intelligence-led Policing

Crime and Criminology Select two of the following:

  • PY 360 Forensic Psychology
  • CJ 335 Organized and White Collar Crime
  • CJ 499 Victimology

Law and Legal Process Select two of the following:

  • PO 315 Constitutional Law
  • CJ 233 Criminal Law
  • Forensic Law

Research Methods

  • PO 350 Introduction to Social Science Research

Students also select two of the following courses as electives (not otherwise completed as a requirement for the Online BS in criminal justice).


  • Cyber Crime and Security
  • Intelligence-led Policing
  • Forensic Law
  • PO 415 Politics of Homeland Security
  • PY 360 Forensic Psychology

Admission Requirements

NDC admits students who demonstrate the potential for outstanding scholarship and a commitment to integrity. Admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis upon completion of an admissions interview and review of previous coursework. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required for full admission to Notre Dame College. Notre Dame College requires the following from each student seeking admission to associate degree programs:

  • Application for admission
  • Official final high school transcript stating date of graduation
  • Official transcripts from all college level coursework
  • Admissions interview

Academic transcripts must be submitted to Notre Dame College directly by the issuing school in order to be considered official.

How To Apply

  • Complete our free online application
  • Send all official transcripts
  • Complete an interview with your Enrollment Counselor

Request more information about NDC’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree Online!