Undergraduate degrees

Do you want to make a career out of standing up for social justice? Do you want a job in a secure field that makes a difference in the world? Here in the department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, we share your passion and will equip you with the skills you’ll need to succeed in the criminal justice field.

Whether you are interested in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, or the courts—or if you intend to attend graduate or law school—explore our undergraduate degree programs in criminal justice to see which is right for you.

Current Criminology and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Course Listing

The NAU Academic Catalog is the official source for curriculum-related information for all NAU academic programs and courses, for the given Catalog year. For educational and financial reasons, the University reserves the right to change, at any time, any of the provisions, statements, policies, curricula, procedures, regulations, or fees found in this catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice 

If you are interested in pursuing a career in one of the major areas of the Criminal Justice System—the courts, corrections, juvenile justice, or law enforcement—or if you want to further your education in law school or graduate school, the BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice will provide you with the knowledge and analytical skills to do so. In this program you will learn about the nature of crime and the purpose, operations, and consequences of the various components of the justice system, in both the United States and abroad.

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (online)

The online format of the BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice is for students throughout Arizona who are not on the Flagstaff campus. Tucson area students can combine live classes with online.Students applying for the online option must:

  • have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice or Administration of Justice Studies from an accredited Arizona Community College
  • have completed the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)

Bachelor of Applied Science: Criminal Justice (online) 

NAU offers this specialization leading to a bachelor of applied science (B.A.S.) degree in Criminal Justice - for non-traditional students who have earned the appropriate associate of arts (AA) or associate of applied science (AAS) degrees.

Minor in Criminal Justice

To earn a minor in criminal justice, you must take:

  • CCJ 101
  • CCJ 250
  • 15 hours of additional criminal justice coursework

Note: You can apply up to 9 hours of coursework transferred from another university to your criminal justice minor. No more than 6 hours of credit can be earned through independent study (i.e., CCJ 408, CCJ 497, CCJ 485).

Bachelor Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS): Criminal Justice (online)

You may pursue an emphasis in criminal justice with a B.A. or B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies. To earn credits for a criminal justice emphasis, you must take:

  • CCJ 101
  • CCJ 250
  • CCJ 345W
  • CCJ 450C, CCJ 475C, or CCJ 480C
  • 9 additional hours of criminal justice coursework approved by the department
  • The current catalog includes info about what makes it interdisciplinary – a focus block