Program Overview

Dallas Baptist University offers a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice that can be completed online. This program consists of 126 credits that will prepare students to be educated criminal justice professionals. They will gain the knowledge and skills that it takes to have a strong grasp of crime and society's control mechanisms.

Students will cover courses that will uncover how criminal justice merges with the perspectives of criminology, psychology, sociology, political science and law. Students will be taught several skills such as how to problem solve, and how to apply a theory to a practice. The courses students will cover include:

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethics in Law Enforcement
  • Organization and Administration
  • Criminology
  • Economic Crimes
  • Research Methods
  • Homeland & Organizational Security
  • Principles of Management
  • Multicultural Perspectives

This program's graduates will go on to have exciting careers that will require them to understand social issues, criminal behavior analysis, legal and ethical principles, strategic management and policy development. The career path that a student could choose could range from Police Officers, Senior Investigator or a Legal Assistant.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Other Requirements
    Minimum of 42 upper-level credit hours. (Exception: Inverted Degree Program)
    Minimum of 12 credit hours in major in residence at Dallas Baptist University, 9 credit hours of which must be upper-level.
    Minimum of 32 credit hours in residence at DBU.
    Completion of 30 of the last 36 credit hours in residence at Dallas Baptist University. Students must receive approval of the registrar prior to taking courses at any other college or university.
    Minimum of 126 credit hours to graduate.
    Satisfactory completion of all requirements on official degree plan.

    School Overview

    Decatur Baptist College opened its doors in 1898 as the first two-year, institution of higher education in Texas, with a focus on liberal arts. As the name suggests, the school was located in Decatur, and thrived there for many years until the Dallas Baptist Association suggested a moved to Dallas. The campus made the move and corresponding name change in 1965, setting up shop southwest of the state capital. Other campuses have since popped up in Plano, Hurst ad Mansfield. Just five years later, it expanded its programming, offering four-year degrees. Almost 100 years after its inception, in 1985, the school’s name officially changed to what we know it as today; Dallas Baptist University.

    DBU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from seven schools, including Business, Christian Faith, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Math, and Professional Studies. Many programs are offered online for those already in the workforce, and distance learning opens up the school’s ministry to students from afar. As with most school’s today, Dallas Baptist University has many options in online courses, weekend college, dual and accelerated degree programs—a plethora of ways to make quality education, with a strong Christian foundation, more available to the masses.


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