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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Successful criminal justice online program graduate
  • Convenient 100% online criminal justice degree offered through UTEP Connect
  • Flexible study options that fit busy work and family schedules
  • Unique focus on crime along the United States-Mexico border
  • Employment in law enforcement, corrections or the legal field

Our fully online criminal justice degree online program can prepare you for rewarding work in your community. The 120 credit hours of coursework includes 36 credit hours specific to criminal justice where you will learn the latest in criminal justice theory and research. The online format is flexible and convenient, allowing you to tailor your schedule to your needs. With an online criminal justice degree from UTEP Connect, you can prepare for a new career while working at your current job or taking care of family responsibilities.

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Why a Criminal Justice degree online?

New or aspiring entrants into the world of criminal justice will find this Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program perfect for getting started in the law enforcement or legal fields. The criminal justice online degree offers a great combination of theory and practice and is the perfect area of study for individuals who want to:

  • Make a difference in their local communities by becoming a part of law enforcement
  • Study crime as well as methods in which society responds to it
  • Help shape and change laws that affect various levels of society

Types of positions graduates of the online criminal justice degree program can expect to hold after graduation may include:

  • Border patrol agent
  • CIA agent
  • Corrections officer
  • Court bailiff
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Emergency dispatcher
  • FBI agent
  • Fish and game warden
  • Forensic evidence technician
  • Fraud investigator
  • Gaming investigators
  • Immigration/customs agent
  • Paralegal
  • Police officer
  • Private detective
  • Probation officer
  • Security guard
  • State trooper
  • TSA agent
  • U.S. air marshal

The UTEP Career Center can provide graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.

Expert Faculty

Our talented faculty brings a world of knowledge to the classroom, combining theoretical knowledge with practical, real-world experience. Faculty members who teach in our online criminal justice degree program courses come from a wide range of backgrounds that combine to provide students with skills that help them understand and perform well in the field. UTEP’s unique border location also gives students access to many local agencies, and faculty form relationships with criminal justice agencies so students can benefit from putting their classroom learning to work.


The University of Texas at El Paso has a 100-year history as a preferred educator for students in the U.S.-Mexico border communities. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Our bachelor of arts in criminal justice online degree program is one of many excellent online degree programs. Online degrees such as these help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. UTEP has earned accolades like

  • UTEP is ranked #1 in “Social Mobility” according to Washington Monthly.
  • The U.S. Department of Education ranks UTEP as a great value with the lowest net tuition of all research universities in the country.
  • Issues in Higher Education ranks UTEP #2 among all U.S. colleges and universities in the total number of degrees awarded to Hispanics.
  • UTEP is recognized as a 2016 Military Friendly® School.
  • UTEP received the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) Champion of Access and Success Award for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled and other underserved student populations.
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ranks UTEP #3 in Texas among the 7 peer “Emerging Research Universities.”
  • Washington Monthly also ranks UTEP #8 overall among “National Research Universities”—in excellent company between #6 Stanford and #10 Harvard.
  • UTEP teaching has been recognized as a “Model Institution for Excellence” (one of only six in the country) by the National Science Foundation.
  • UTEP is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive a $5 million “Teachers for a New Era” research grant from Carnegie Corporation.
  • UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Curriculum

Students in the criminal justice degree program take a full complement of required courses in English, mathematics, literature, social science, science, the arts, history, economics and other core subjects that provide a broad general education foundation. Click here to see the core curriculum for the online criminal justice degree program.

You will need to accrue a total of 120 credit hours to graduate, which includes 36 credit hours of coursework specific to criminal justice.


Introduction to Criminal Justice Explore the basic foundations of criminal justice as they apply to our democratic society, and learn about the various agencies that administer criminal justice practices and procedures.
Applied Research Methods in Criminal Justice Assess the best methodologies for studying the criminal justice policy development, application and administration.
Criminology Gain valuable knowledge on essential topics, such as the history of criminology, contemporary criminological and penological theory and crime trends in America today. Also apply critical thinking to the study of modern criminal justice practices and procedures.
Criminal Procedure

Learn the constitutional rules governing the criminal investigation, detention, prosecution and adjudication of persons in the United States with focus on the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution and the Supreme Court decisions that have interpreted the meaning of these amendments. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301


Court Systems and Practices Study the structure of American courts and how courts administer criminal justice and process criminal defendants. Also learn about the concepts of due process, the right to counsel, pre-trial release, plea bargaining, trial proceedings and sentencing.
Fundamentals of Criminal Law Study the history and philosophy of modern criminal law, including the structure, definition, and application of statute and leading case law.
Correctional Systems and Practices Scrutinize today’s institutional and community-based correctional practices based on their history and philosophy.
Police Systems and Practices Learn how U.S. law enforcement agencies are structured and operated, with an emphasis on the inner workings of local police departments.


Juvenile Justice Study juvenile justice and procedural law by exploring the causes of delinquency, the juvenile justice system and the treatment of juveniles under the law.
Family Violence Study the epidemic of family violence in the United States by reviewing scientific research, discussing society’s response to family violence and gauging the effectiveness police intervention.
Criminal Justice on the United States-Mexico Border Examine the current state of crime on the United States-Mexico border and look at the ways both governments are attempting to control unlawful activities.
Criminal Justice Ethics Learn how to apply complex ethical concepts and the reasoning process to analyze and evaluate criminal justice dilemmas.
Cyber Crime Learn how computer and internet crime represents a national security threat by exploring hardware and software components, vulnerable infrastructures and readiness for cyber terrorism.
Crime, Criminal Justice and Film Develop a comprehensive understanding of cultural norms, values, goals and beliefs pertaining to crime through the examination of film.
Immigration Law and Administration View legal and illegal immigration into the United States through the lens of federal requirements, employer sanctions, amnesty and constitutional rights.
Criminal Justice Organizations and Management Examine the structures, functions, and operations of criminal justice agencies, including the police, the courts, and corrections.