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The Generalist specialization within the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed to offer a well-rounded overview of the criminal justice system. With a specialized focus on the criminal justice system, the organizational components, processes and the legal and public policy contexts, this criminal justice bachelors degree can help prepare students in the areas of law enforcement, courts, criminology, corrections, juvenile justice and forensic science.

  • Next Start Date

    November 10, 2014

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  • Program Length

    36 MONTHS

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  • Successful completion of AIU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Generalist specialization can provide students with an applicable foundation of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:

    • Apply appropriate knowledge and skills necessary for a vital career in criminal justice and related professions.
    • Analyze and synthesize key theories of criminology, including the causes of crime, typologies, offenders, and victimization.
    • Differentiate between the substantive and procedural aspects of the criminal and juvenile justice processes.
    • Use the knowledge and understanding of law enforcement, homeland security and crisis management principles to analyze and evaluate police organization, discretion, terrorist threats and legal constraints.
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of law adjudication including criminal law, prosecution, defense, court procedures, and legal decision-making processes.
    • Utilize knowledge and analytical skills pertaining to corrections including incarceration, community-based corrections, and treatment of offenders, as well as other alternatives to incarceration programs.
    • Employ knowledge and understanding of techniques, abilities, and limitations in the forensic science laboratory, the field of medicolegal death investigations, forensic psychology and computer crimes and computer forensics.


    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
    American InterContinental University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

  • The Generalist specialization provides students the opportunity to transfer in or take specialization courses in any area of criminal justice. The courses below are suggestions but may be substituted for any upper level course in the criminal justice discipline.


    • Security and Loss Prevention or Program Elective
    • Comparative Criminal Justice System or Program Elective
    • Crime and Substance Abuse
    • Administration of Criminal Justice
    • Evidence or Program Elective
    • Criminalistics or Program Elective
    • Terrorism and Homeland Security
    • Offender Rehabilitation or Program Elective
    • Advanced Topics in Corrections
    • Criminal Investigation


    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • AIU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program with a Generalist specialization is geared toward helping students acquire a solid foundation in criminal justice including causes of crimes, criminal behaviors and victims of crime.

    They will come away with a greater understanding of juvenile justice systems, law enforcement principles, legal constraints of policing, courts and corrections.

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