The Program in Depth

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.

You Can Learn How to:

  • Apply foundational knowledge of criminal justice including causes of crime, criminal behaviors and victims of crime.
  • Define and identify the various components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems which include law enforcement, law and courts and corrections.
  • Analyze and apply law enforcement principles including the structure of police organizations, police discretion, police subculture and the legal constraints of policing.
  • Analyze and apply knowledge of law adjudication including criminal law, criminal procedures and the decision-making processes associated with the defense and prosecution of criminal offenders.
  • Analyze and apply knowledge of community-based corrections including the incarceration, treatment and alternative punishments offered in the correctional system.
  • Use critical thinking skills and apply ethical theories to ethical dilemmas faced by criminal justice practitioners in law enforcement, courts, corrections and forensics.
  • 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.

Some Courses You'll Take

At AIU, more of the courses you take will be in your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Generalist specialization, your classes can include:

  • Security and Loss Prevention or Program Elective

    This course examines the theories and principles of security and loss prevention through a systematic review of key issues and concepts associated wit...

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  • Crime and Substance Abuse

    This course examines drug abuse and its relationship to crime. Topics include the statistical relationship between drugs and crime, drug laws and cour...

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  • Administration of Criminal Justice

    This course focuses on the challenges administrators face in law enforcement, courts and corrections. Students will examine the various organizational...

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