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Northern Arizona University’s bachelor’s degree program in Justice Studies is more than the standard criminal justice degree. You will not only study criminal justice theory but you will also learn how to apply it to current justice issues based on community needs. Learn about justice practices and issues directly from current and former law enforcement leaders, detectives, officers and lawyers who apply their real-life experience to your education and training. This degree program can be completed entirely online or in person at select NAU campuses across Arizona.

Match Your Degree To Your Criminal Justice Career Goals

NAU’s Justice Studies program fits you whether you’re looking to enter the criminal justice field or are a senior official looking for further advancement. Choose from two unique emphases:

  • Justice Theory - If you’re new to the field, pursue the Justice Theory emphasis to gain a foundation in criminal justice.
  • Justice Administration - If you’re experienced, learn how to apply effective criminal justice methods and gain leadership skills for higher-ranking positions.

Career opportunities include:

  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Corrections
  • DEA Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • Local State Police
  • Probation Officer
  • Railroad Safety

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Interdisciplinary Studies - Justice Studies 90-30

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120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
90
120

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

In addition to University Requirements:

  • 30 units of Justice Studies Specialization Requirements
  • Completion of Computer Literacy, Communication Skills, and Science or Language Requirements
  • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan
Student Learning Outcomes

Core Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the ethical issues impacting the criminal justice field
  • Identify and discuss the various steps involved in the adjudication process
  • Distinguish between the crime control model of criminal justice and the due process model of criminal justice
  • Describe how the courts are related to other components of the criminal justice system 
In addition, students pursuing an emphasis in Justice Administration will be able to: 
  • Have an in-depth understanding of specific areas of the criminal justice field (e.g., employment law for justice administrators, forensics, cultural diversity)
  • Have a general understanding of the theoretical causes of crime and be able to use this theoretical foundation to analyze practical criminal justice situations
  • Use leadership theories to develop strategies for leading in the criminal justice field 
In addition, students pursuing an emphasis in Intelligence Studies will be able to: 
  • Provide a detailed understanding of basic intelligence concepts including the intelligence cycle, which serves as a framework for understanding intelligence activities.
  • Explain the conceptual and practical foundations, organization, collection of platforms, capabilities, limitations, exploitation and key issues of intelligence collection with emphasis on various disciplines including HUMINT, SIGINT, MASINT, GEOINT and OSINT used in intelligence products
  • Identify, describe and evaluate applicable intelligence technologies
  • Understand how and why social media is used to facilitate terrorist ideologies
  • Identify ways to monitor, collect (covertly, overtly, and electronically), organize, and analyze data relating to a wide range criminal activity.
  • Understand the role criminal intelligence has in crime prevention and intervention.
  • Articulate understanding of the craft of intelligence analysis to include: critical thinking techniques, recognizing cognitive biases and logic errors, intelligence analysis process, intelligence-policy connection and natural points of conflict within this critical relationship, intelligence failures and associated causes, and challenges facing today's intelligence analyst.
  • Examine the range of ethical responsibilities different U.S. intelligence communities hold, the relationship between intelligence and the policy-making process as well as the legal foundations and oversight mechanisms with particular emphasis on the intersection of national security concerns and civil liabilities

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • To be admitted to the 90-30 program in Justice Studies you must have completed or be in the process of completing JUS 110 and JUS 120 or their equivalent.
Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Students with a completed AGEC from Arizona Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Students with a completed IGETC from a California Community College will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
Major Requirements
  • All coursework in the Specialization Areas must be upper-division and from Northern Arizona University. Substitutions and use of credit from other institutions are not allowed in the Specialization.

    Multi-use of coursework is not permitted within the Major Requirements. Major Requirements include Specialization, Communication, Computer Literacy, Language and Science.

  • Justice Studies Specialization
    Take the following 30 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

  • Select one Emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration or Intelligence Studies (21 units)
Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Communication Requirements (6 units)

    Choose 6 units in the following two categories. 

    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
      • CST 111, CST 311, CST 312, CST 314, CST 315CST 318 (Performance-based courses are defined as having at least 51 percent of the evaluation of the student being based upon oral performance.)
      • Or advisor approved
    • Theory-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.

  • Language or Science Requirement Option (18-19 units)

    Language Requirement Option (19 units)

    Language Requirement (16 units)
    You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.
     
    AND

    Computer Literacy (3 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

  • OR

    Science Requirement Option (18 units)
  • Science Requirement, select from the following (12 units):

    • ANT 101, ANT 250
    • GSP 130, GSP 150
    • Courses with Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics, Statistics prefixes. Please note that other courses must be approved by the program director.
  • AND

    Computer Literacy (6 units)

    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

    • Select ISM 120 or BBA 293 (3 units)
    • BBA 340 or Advisor Approved coursework including the CIS or CS prefix (3 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Justice Studies

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B
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 36 units of major coursework
  • 6 units of communication skills
  • 12-16 hours of a foreign language
  • Elective courses, as needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Foreign Language Optional
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan
Student Learning Outcomes

Core Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the ethical issues impacting the criminal justice field
  • Identify and discuss the various steps involved in the adjudication process
  • Distinguish between the crime control model of criminal justice and the due process model of criminal justice
  • Describe how the courts are related to other components of the criminal justice system 
Students pursuing an emphasis in Justice Administration will be able to:
  • Have an in-depth understanding of specific areas of the criminal justice field (e.g., employment law for justice administrators, forensics, cultural diversity)
  • Have a general understanding of the theoretical causes of crime and be able to use this theoretical foundation to analyze practical criminal justice situations
  • Use leadership theories to develop strategies for leading in the criminal justice field
 
Students pursuing an emphasis in Intelligence Studies will be able to:
  • Provide a detailed understanding of basic intelligence concepts including the intelligence cycle, which serves as a framework for understanding intelligence activities.
  • Explain the conceptual and practical foundations, organization, collection of platforms, capabilities, limitations, exploitation and key issues of intelligence collection with emphasis on various disciplines including HUMINT, SIGINT, MASINT, GEOINT and OSINT used in intelligence products.
  • Identify, describe and evaluate applicable intelligence technologies.
  • Understand how and why social media is used to facilitate terrorist ideologies.
  • Identify ways to monitor, collect (covertly, overtly, and electronically), organize, and analyze data relating to a wide range criminal activity.
  • Understand the role criminal intelligence has in crime prevention and intervention.
  • Articulate understanding of the craft of intelligence analysis to include: critical thinking techniques, recognizing cognitive biases and logic errors, intelligence analysis process, intelligence-policy connection and natural points of conflict within this critical relationship, intelligence failures and associated causes, and challenges facing today's intelligence analyst.
  • Examine the range of ethical responsibilities different U.S. intelligence communities hold, the relationship between intelligence and the policy-making process as well as the legal foundations and oversight mechanisms with particular emphasis on the intersection of national security concerns and civil liabilities.

Details

Major Requirements
  • Communication Requirements (6 units)

    Choose 6 units in the following two categories. 

    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
      • CST 111, CST 311, CST 312, CST 314, CST 315CST 318 (Performance-based courses are defined as having at least 51 percent of the evaluation of the student being based upon oral performance.)
      • Or advisor approved
    • Theory-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.

  • Language or Science Requirement Option (18-19 units)

    Language Requirement Option (19 units)

    Language Requirement (16 units)
    You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.
     
    AND

    Computer Literacy (3 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

  • OR

    Science Requirement Option (18 units)
  • Science Requirement, select from the following (12 units):

    • ANT 101, ANT 250
    • GSP 130, GSP 150
    • Courses with Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics, Statistics prefixes. Please note that other courses must be approved by the program director.
  • AND

    Computer Literacy (6 units)

    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

    • Select ISM 120 or BBA 293 (3 units)
    • BBA 340 or Advisor Approved coursework including the CIS or CS prefix (3 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Homeland Security

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Degree Information
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Blended
UCERT
18 units
Maximum Transfer Units
10
18

University Requirements

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18

Details

Certificate Requirements
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Justice Studies

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BAS
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • 64 units in an associate degree transfer block (students with an A.A.S from an Arizona community college may transfer up to 75 units)
  • 18 units of B.A.S. Requirements
  • 27 units of Justice Studies Specialization Requirements
  • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 unit

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan
Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective Writing: Demonstrate the ability to identify scholarly and credible research, and use this information to present logical, written arguments in favor of or in opposition to a position.
  2. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to assess scholarly theories and credible research, and to use this assessment to analyze practical criminal justice or intelligence issues.
  3. Understanding of the Criminal Justice System: Demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice system.
  4. Understanding of Criminological Theories: Demonstrate an understanding of criminological theories.
  5.  Ethics: Explain the current ethical issues impacting the criminal justice or intelligence field, and offer theory-based solutions for addressing such issues.
  6.  Leadership: Demonstrate the ability to use leadership theories to address practical situations in the criminal justice or intelligence field.
  7. Current Issues Impacting the Criminal Justice or Intelligence Field: Demonstrate an understanding of the current issues impacting the criminal justice or intelligence field.
  8. Job Opportunities in the Criminal Justice or Intelligence Field: Demonstrate an understanding of the job opportunities and necessary qualifications for employment in the criminal justice or intelligence field. 
In addition, students pursuing an Emphasis in Justice Administration Studies will be able to:
  1. In-Depth Knowledge of a Specific Justice Field: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a specific field within the justice system (e.g., juvenile justice, mentally ill offenders, employment law, forensics)
 
In addition, students pursuing an Emphasis in Intelligence Studies will be able to:
  1. Identify and Analyze Intelligence: Demonstrate an understanding of how intelligence is used to investigate criminal activity, including terrorism.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • To be admitted into the Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies you must have:

    • completed or be in the process of completing JUS 110 and JUS 120 or their equivalent.
    • an associate's degree, either completed or in progress, at a regionally accredited institution and the associate's degree must be completed prior to the awarding of the B.A.S. degree.
Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. Requirement. 
    • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements.
    • Students with a completed AGEC from Arizona Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Students with a completed IGETC from California Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
Associate Degree Transfer Block
    • 64 units in an associate's degree transfer block (If you have been awarded an A.A.S degree from an Arizona Community College, NAU will accept up to 75 transfer units.)
Major Requirements
  • B.A.S. Requirements (18 units)

  • This coursework is designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills. Some departments may require that you take specific courses from the B.A.S. Requirements or may place other restrictions on the courses that the department requires. Please see departmental requirements for specific information. Other courses may be used to fulfill the B.A.S. Elective requirements. Please note: at least 15 units in the core must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses.

  • Communication Block (3 units)
  • Public Administration and Management Block (3 units)
  • Values, Ethics, and Policy Block (3 units)
  • Technical, Quantitative, Qualitative and Science Block (3 units)
  • Please note you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. Requirement. 

  • Select one Emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration or Intelligence Studies (21 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Homeland Security - Minor

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MINR
18 units
Maximum Transfer Units
18
18

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, analyze, and disseminate intelligence information in an ethical and legal manner
  • Effectively use intelligence to address homeland security issues
  • Identify and mitigate risk
  • Lead response to natural and manmade disasters and terrorist attacks
  • Understand the role of emergency management in relation to homeland security issues 

Details

Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Justice Studies - Minor

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MINR
18 units
Maximum Transfer Units
18
18

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Some online/blended coursework Required

Details

Minor Requirements
  • This minor is not available to students pursuing a BIS or BAS Criminal Justice degree, a BIS or BAS Law Enforcement Management degree, the BS Criminology & Criminal Justice degree, or the Bachelor of Justice Studies degree. Please contact an advisor for more information.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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