Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Criminal Behavior

Who are criminals? How do they think? Why do they do what they do? Fully understanding criminal behavior, how to prevent the crime, predict future actions and assist in investigation, is the key to furthering your career in criminology. With TU’s criminal behavior program, you will be prepared to answer questions among offenders and how best the justice system can manage them.

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Criminal Behavior is designed to provide students with an understanding of unlawful behavior that extends beyond the yellow police tape. Students will be provided the education to work in fields such as prison systems, rehabilitation centers, police departments, courthouses, law firms, schools, government agencies or the private sector.

Individuals with this degree may also work in areas dealing with important legal activities that involve adults and minors. Students will study diverse areas of criminal behavior and come to understand common traits among offenders and how the justice system manages such individuals.

The major has a basis of forensic psychology, with a greater emphasis on the criminal justice system, especially for students who intend to work in fields such as law enforcement, institutional or community corrections, and public or private security.

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours

Criminal Behavior Major 33 hours

  • COR110 Correctional Strategies
  • COR420 Agency Management
  • ENF239 Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics
  • ENF293 Criminology
  • FOR344 Psychology of Violence and Aggressions
  • FOR365 Drugs and Society
  • FOR423 Case Management
  • PSY362 Abnormal Behavior
  • FOR3?? Threat Assessment
  • SOC250 Social Psychology
  • SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society

Total Bachelor of Criminal Justice hours 121

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

There are no related concentrations available.

Agency Management (COR420) – This course analyzes some of the distinct differences between public and private management. The theory of controlling, organizing, planning, directing and assembling resources is covered. Students will develop a course project designed to cover the concepts explored in this course.

Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics (ENF239) – Emphasis on the investigation of specific crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson. Students will be required to investigate a “mock” crime scene, collect and analyze evidence obtained and present their investigation in a “moot” court.

Psychology of Violence and Aggression (FOR344) – Course examines the changes in the methods, patterns, and meanings of violence. Special attention is paid to individual and collective violence in the streets, in schools, at home, within the media, by the police, by terrorists and by the military. The major theories explaining the causes of violence, and important research about attitudes toward violence and the showing of force to bring about change are reviewed.

Drugs and Society (FOR365) – Considers various types of drugs, dynamics of use, abuse, addiction, and recovery; social, legal, economic, and psychological impact on structure and function of society; current trends; diagnosis and treatment; prevention strategies.

  • Community Corrections
  • Institutional Corrections
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Private or Public Security

This program is still new, but we will update with new graduate information once available.

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