Program Overview

Chadron State College currently offers a Criminal Justice Bachelor of Art. This course is designed to teach students about the criminal justice systems and operation. Students will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. Students will also learn about the criminal justice system within society. The curriculum will emphasize criminology, criminal justice systems, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Students will also have the chance to study issues of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology and their relationship to criminal justice.

This course offers 30 credit hours of required and elective courses which can be taken online. Those who have earned an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice can apply for this program. In order to earn a BA, students must also complete institutional requirements, Essential Studies requirements, and upper division hours. The Criminal Justice requirements involve courses on topics such as ethical issues, institutional corrections, drugs and alcohol, and forensic studies. Students must also complete either an internship (which may be taken any time) or a cross-cultural/justice studies program (which can only be taken during the spring). The latter requires instructor’s permission as well as completion of study abroad requirements.

Upon graduation, students will have various employment opportunities at local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Jobs include police officer, state trooper, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    The Justice Studies Department offers thirty credit hours of required and elective Criminal Justice courses online.

    Students who have earned an Associate of Arts (AA) in Criminal Justice can apply to complete these thirty hours and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1911, Chadron State College is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located in the rural town of Chadron, Nebraska. The vision statement of the school states: “Chadron State College aspires to be a premiere institution of higher education in the western High Plains states, innovatively pursuing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.”

    Chadron State College offers undergraduate programs and graduate programs, awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Fields of study are housed within the schools of:

    • School of Business, Entrepreneurship, Applied and Mathematical Sciences and Sciences
    • School of Education, Human Performance, Counseling, Psychology and Social Work
    • School of Liberal Arts
    • Graduate Studies

    Chadron State College supports distance education, including: bachelor’s degree completion programs, master’s degree programs, elective and general studies courses, and alternative teacher certificate courses. CSC Online offers courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students pay a flat rate of tuition for distance education programming, with no out-of-state tuition. 


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