Criminal Justice - Fully Online
Major and Minor
Launch your law enforcement career on your own terms, through evening and online study
Study to become a courts, corrections and police systems professional.
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Interdisciplinary coursework makes you well-rounded and ready to work
Our curriculum focuses on knowledge derived primarily from the social sciences. You'll learn to apply criminological theories to concrete situations, analyze and interpret social science data, formulate ethical responses to professional situations and critique how issues of power and inequalities in the U.S. impact criminal justice outcomes. In addition to required core courses, you'll take elective options as chosen in consultation with your academic advisor and participate in a field work to practice standards of professional behavior.
ECON 135: Applied Statistics
Fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics studied through business applications. Topics include central tendency and variability, frequency distributions, elementary probability theory, binomial, normal, and t-distributions, sampling theory, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis. Prerequisite: One of: MATH-105/105T,Math-130/130T, Math ACT of 22 or higher, or Math SAT of 530 or higher. Students majoring in a Social Science should take SOC/PSYC-210 rather than this course. Credit will not be given for both SOC-210 or PSYC-215 and ECON-135. (QUANT). 4 credits
SOC 321: Methods of Social Research
Contemporary methods are employed in assembling, analyzing, and interpreting social data. Data base management and statistical software packages are used to evaluate research findings. Individual research assignments and class projects introduce the student to techniques for dealing with specific types of theoretical and social research problems. Prerequisites: SOC 210 AND one of the following: SOC 320 or CJ 342 or CJ 343. (INFOLIT). 4 credits
This major is part of Simpson College's convenient and flexible online program, which enables you to complete four to eight credits every eight weeks, in a fully online format.
Some courses are available in the evening at the Simpson College West Des Moines Campus.
Prepare to address contemporary issues of criminal justice
As an adult student in our undergraduate Criminal Justice program, you can expect the same individualized attention from faculty and academic and career advisors as you would in a more traditional setting. You’ll work one-on-one with an advisor who will help you stay on track and make sure you’re taking the correct courses, with your career goals front and center.
You’ll learn the components of the criminal justice system, the value of research and analysis, and the theoretical explanations for crime and criminal behavior. The program is rooted in the importance of diversity issues and ethical decision-making in the criminal justice system, and you'll network with and learn from members of the professional criminal justice community to understand and develop insights on the future of law enforcement, for the betterment of all.
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We're committed to making sure our graduate programs are accessible and affordable for all students.
Students in this program are eligible for federal financial aid, and we allow an interest-free grace period for students receiving employer reimbursement.
We accept transfer credits from other accredited institutions. Transcripts are evaluated to determine how many credits will transfer, as well as how a student’s former coursework meets Simpson’s degree requirements.
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Save up to $9,000 on tuition
We value the work you've already done and think it should count toward your degree. If you’re at least 25 years of age and classified as a freshman or sophomore at Simpson, you can submit a Life Experience Portfolio during the admissions process. The LEP can earn up to 24 credits free of charge.
Employer Reimbursement Cuts Interest Costs
Many employers reimburse their employees’ tuition after a class has been completed, and we offer the chance to delay payment until 45 days after the term ends. You won’t have to pay until after the course ends.
We're transfer friendly
During the application process, you'll submit transcripts of previous undergraduate work from other accredited institutions if applicable. Transcripts are then evaluated to determine how many credits will transfer, as well as how your former coursework meets Simpson’s degree requirements.