With this Momentum program, instead of attending classes, you’ll work with faculty mentors to demonstrate your mastery in one competency area and move to the next until you complete your degree. You must have a conferred associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from an accredited college to enroll in this program. Visit AMU or APU to learn more about Momentum.

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice provides you with sound knowledge in the areas of U.S. law enforcement, criminology, investigations, law, and community relations. A wide range of course offerings enable you to focus on juvenile issues, causes of crime and criminal behavior, corrections and incarceration, investigative procedures and techniques, leadership, maritime law, or forensics. This bachelor’s degree will enhance your professional career path if you are currently in the criminal justice field, or can help to prepare you for a new career as a criminologist, agent, or investigator in federal, state or local law enforcement, judicial, and other organizations.

Our criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interactions and an expanded network of criminal justice professionals who are dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation. Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or criminal justice organizations.

Note: for a more in-depth study in forensics, consider our Criminal Justice B.S. degree.

Degree Requirements (60 semester hours)

A conferred associate of arts or associate of science degree (or higher degree) is required for admission into any Momentum program. This conferred degree fulfills the first 60 credits toward the Momentum bachelor’s degree. 

Momentum Requirements (61 semester hours)

CMRJ201 - Criminal Justice Administration

  • CMRJ201A - Criminal Justice Components: Explain how the three (3) major components of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections) work together to create system outcomes.

  • CMRJ201B - Use of Force Continuum in Criminal Justice: Explain the use of force continuum and how to determine the level of force needed.

  • CMRJ201C - Professional Discretion in Criminal Justice: Illustrate how criminal justice professionals within the court systems use discretion in their every-day decisions with suspects.

  • CMRJ201D - Alternative Sanctions in Criminal Justice: Analyze the utilization of alternative sanctions in sentencing.

SSGS300 - Research Design and Methods

  • SSGS300A - Research Standards in Criminal Justice: Conduct research using academically accepted standards in criminal justice writing and research.

  • SSGS300B - Sources in Criminal Justice Research: Identify appropriate primary and secondary sources of data in criminal justice research.

  • SSGS300C - Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Criminal Justice: Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative research methods as applied to criminal justice research.

CMRJ100 - Introduction to Law Enforcement

  • CMRJ100A - Historical Evolution of the Criminal Justice System: Summarize the historical evolution of the American criminal justice system.

  • CMRJ100B - Policing Strategies in Law Enforcement: Compare and contrast the types of policing strategies in law enforcement.

  • CMRJ100C - The Legislative & Judicial Branches in Law Enforcement: Explain how the legislative and judicial branches of government can affect law enforcement operations, policies, and procedures.

CMRJ101 - Evidence and Procedures

  • CMRJ101A - Role of Investigators: Explain the role investigators serve within the various stages of a criminal investigation.

  • CMRJ101B - Evidence - From Crime Scene to Court Proceeding: Explain how evidence is identified and transitions from crime scene to court proceedings.

  • CMRJ101C - Evidence Types in Criminal Investigation: Identify the various types and sources of evidence commonly used in a criminal investigation.

CMRJ303 - Criminology

  • CMRJ303A - Criminal Justice Theory: Outline the evolution of criminal justice theory and describe how theory is utilized to determine responses to crime during different eras.

  • CMRJ303B - Classical and Positivist Theories of Criminal Behavior: Distinguish between classical and positivist theories of criminal behavior.

  • CMRJ303C - Criminal Behavior in Criminal Justice Policy: Explain how biological, psychological, and sociological explanations of criminal behavior have impacted the development of criminal justice policy.

LSTD301 - Constitutional Law

  • LSTD301A - The Constitution in the Application of Law: Summarize the responsibilities of each of the three branches of government and explain the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in determining how the Constitution is interpreted and applied to law.

  • LSTD301B - Supreme Court Interpretations of the Constitution: Produce a legal brief that critiques how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution in rendering a landmark decision.

  • LSTD301C - Civil Rights and Liberties: Describe the civil rights and liberties afforded to U.S. citizens by the U.S. Constitution.

LSTD302 - Criminal Law

  • LSTD302A - Criminal and Civil Law: Apply the tenets of criminal and civil law to explain the concepts related to both including an explanation of how they differ.

  • LSTD302B - Federal and State Court Systems: Illustrate the roles of federal and state government court systems describing how they are used in interpreting and applying the Constitution and formulating case law.

  • LSTD3023C - Classification of Crime: Deconstruct crime by providing classifications of the types of crime (including those against property, persons, the public and the government), elements involved in crime, and how one becomes party to a crime.

LSTD400 - Criminal Legal Process

  • LSTD400A - Supreme Court Interpretation of the 4th Amendment: Critique the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of the 4th Amendment and the impact of that interpretation on law enforcement procedures.

  • LSTD400B - Impact on Practice of the 4th & 5th Amendments: Summarize the rules, practices and procedures mandated by the 4th and 5th Amendments.

  • LSTD400C - Criminal Court Proceeding: Summarize the phases of criminal court proceeding from arrest to conviction and describe remedies used for violations of rights in this process under the U.S. Constitution.

CMRJ302 - U.S. Law Enforcement

  • CMRJ302A - Managerial Theories and Styles of Policing: Distinguish between the styles of department and individual policing and relate those to police managerial theories, skills and overall police sub-culture.

  • CMRJ302B - Evolution of Law Enforcement and Policing: Discuss the evolution of law enforcement and how agencies select, prepare and train officers for duty.

  • CMRJ302C - Ethics and discretion: Explain the role of ethics and police discretion within community policing ideology and practice.

CMRJ316 - Corrections and Incarceration

  • CMRJ316A - Institutional Sentencing Philosophies in Criminal Justice: Evaluate the effectiveness of various institutional sentencing philosophies and punishments used in corrections.

  • CMRJ316B - Legal Principles and Criminological Theories in Corrections: Explain how legal principles and criminological theories govern corrections at the federal, state, and local levels.

  • CMRJ316C - Corruption in Correctional Facilities: Critique how corrections facilities deal with corruption among correctional personnel, influence of security threat groups, and health issues associated with older inmates.

CMRJ308 - Ethics in Criminal Justice

  • CMRJ308A - Leadership Styles and Ethical Behavior in Criminal Justice: Compare and contrast two leadership styles and their impact on motivating ethical behavior of personnel.

  • CMRJ308B - Ethical Decision Making in Criminal Justice: Examine ethical decision making and its application in criminal justice.

  • CMRJ308C - Ethical Leadership Strategies: Summarize the strategies utilized by criminal justice leaders to instill ethical decision making in personnel.

CMRJ306 - Criminal Investigation

  • CMRJ306A - Preservation of Evidence: Explain at least three important steps a first responder at a crime scene needs to take in order to preserve evidence.

  • CMRJ306B - Criminal Investigation and the Crime Lab: Discuss the evolution of criminal investigation and the role of the crime lab in the criminal justice system.

  • CMRJ306C - DNA in Criminal Investigation: Assess the impact of the use of DNA on the criminal investigation process.

CMRJ205 - Rape and Sexual Violence

  • CMRJ205A - Sexual Violence & Sex Crimes: Identify the standards, terms, theories, and issues related to the sociological, psychological, and legal implications of sexual violence and sex crimes.

  • CMRJ205B - Sex Offenders & Treatment Programs: Compare and contrast the community problems faced by juvenile versus adult sex offenders, and the available treatment programs for each group.

  • CMRJ205C - Investigation & Prosecution of Sex Crimes: Define the terms, tools, and procedures used to identify, investigate, and prosecute sexually violent crimes.

CMRJ206 - Juvenile Delinquency

  • CMRJ206A - The Juvenile Justice System: Outline the history and origins of the juvenile justice system in the U.S.

  • CMRJ206B - Juvenile Delinquency: Outline the major theories and external factors which impact juvenile delinquency.

  • CMRJ206C - Treatment Approaches for Juvenile Offenders: Critique the effectiveness of treatment approaches and programs for juvenile offenders.

CMRJ329 - Criminal Profiling

  • CMRJ329A - The Criminal Profiling Discipline: Summarize the theories, indicators, and procedures utilized by the criminal profiling discipline.

  • CMRJ329B - The Criminal Profiler: Describe the roles and responsibilities of a criminal profiler framed as both an art and a science.

  • CMRJ329C - Serial and Non-serial Criminal Offenders: Describe behavioral characteristics associated with serial and non-serial criminal offenders.

CMRJ202 - Stress Management in Law Enforcement

  • CMRJ202A - Stress in the Criminal Justice Profession: Outline the types of, causes, and strategies in resolving stress experienced by criminal justice personnel.

  • CMRJ202B - Health risks of Stress in the Criminal Justice Profession: Identify the symptoms and health risks of stress experienced by criminal justice personnel.

  • CMRJ202C - Stress Resolution in the Criminal Justice Profession: Analyze the effectiveness of programs, policies, and practices in resolving stress experienced by criminal justice personnel.

CMRJ203 - Patrol Methodologies & Community Policing

  • CMRJ203A - Roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Law Enforcement Officer: Summarize the evolution of roles and responsibilities of the U.S. law enforcement officer.

  • CMRJ203B - Contemporary Patrol Procedures: Explain the principles, methods, and legal issues which impact contemporary patrol procedures.

  • CMRJ203C - Policing Tactics in the Patrol Function: Identify the current policing tactics used to perform the patrol function.

CMRJ341 - Criminalistics

  • CMRJ341A - Evidence Collection: Outline the procedures and techniques utilized to identify, collect and process evidence for use in criminal proceedings.

  • CMRJ341B - Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Critique the evaluation, examination, testing and utilization of evidence in criminal proceedings.

  • CMRJ341C - Crime Lab: Summarize the services offered by the typical comprehensive crime lab found in the criminal justice system.

CMRJ324 - The History of Organized Crime

  • CMRJ324A - Types of Organized Crime: Identify the types of crimes historically committed by organized crime groups.

  • CMRJ324B - Organized Crime Groups: Summarize the types of domestic and transnational organized crime groups and key historical events in the evolution of organized crime.

  • CMRJ324C - Criminological Theories in Organized Crime: Describe how criminological theory and major statues and legislation have been applied in efforts to control organized crime.

CMRJ335 - Crime Analysis

  • CMRJ335A - Crime Analysis: Summarize the evolution of crime analysis to include the tools, training, techniques, and procedures.

  • CMRJ335B - Analytical Techniques in Crime Analysis: Summarize the analytical techniques used by analysts in criminal justice investigations.

  • CMRJ335C - Criminal Analysis in Crime Prevention: Apply criminal analysis and reporting techniques in crime prevention.

Total = 121 semester hours