Criminal Justice

A Broad, Liberal Education

Our program studies the administration of justice and the resolution of conflict within society. With courses that focus on the three major aspects of the criminal justice system – police, courts, and corrections – we prepare students for graduate studies or careers in related fields.

We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree, a criminal justice minor, and criminalistics minor. Rather than training individuals for a particular occupation through instruction in specific vocational skills, our program offers a broad, liberal education focused on the cultivation of analytical and creative thought and on the ability to read, write and speak effectively.

For additional information, see below or refer to the catalog of your entry year.

Along with the face to face program we also offer an online program.

"As a policy we do not add any students to online restricted classes who are not in our online program. However, depending on the enrollment numbers in the ONLR sections (restricted only to students in our online program), we may release some seats from ONLR sections to ONL sections (open to all students) immediately after the priority registration deadline. After that, depending on the enrollment numbers in the ONLR sections, we may move additional open seats from ONRL sections to ONL sections. If you are interested in taking the online section, then you will need to, on your own, continue to check myNKU for openings in the ONL section of those courses."

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

A major in Criminal Justice will provide a conceptual understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, theories of crime and punishment, criminal law, and social science research methods through its core courses.

For those interested in a major in criminal justice, take a look at our current degree checklist for a detailed list of course requirements.

Transfer Agreement Between NKU and Gateway

Students must earn at least a C- in all CRJ courses taken at KCTCS to count toward the criminal justice degree at NKU. To declare a major in criminal justice, students must have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 in prior college coursework.

Read complete details on the transfer agreement (pdf).

Minor in Criminalistics

The minor in Criminalistics is recommended for students majoring in either biology or chemistry with a forensic track. This minor is offered by NKU’s criminal justice faculty. The program provides students with an understanding of the significant role science is accorded in the criminal justice system especially in criminal investigations and criminal trials.

Students minoring in this criminalistics program must earn at least a grade of C in each course counted as part of the minor.

Minor in Criminal Justice

For those interested in a minor in Criminal Justice, refer to the catalog for a detailed list of course requirements.

Minor in Political Science

Interested in a minor in Political Science? Check out the catalog for a detailed list of course requirements.

Special Admission Requirements

To declare a major in political science, criminal justice, or international studies, students – including transfer students – must have earned a GPA of at least 2.50 in all prior college work. First semester students who wish to declare a major in one of the above programs must have an ACT composite score of at least 21 or an SAT score of at least 990.

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Online Option

Students are able to pursue a bachelor of arts degree or an associates of arts degree by attending online classes. 

Students must choose either the online or classroom option. If the online is chosen, they must be accepted into the online program. Read more.

For Specific Course Descriptions

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For additional information, refer to the catalog of your entry year.

Criminal Justice, B.A.

Sample 4-Year Plan

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         Dr. Michael Bush

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                Presentation by

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