How King’s Criminal Justice Courses Will Prepare You for a Career

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Today’s criminal justice professional must keep pace with a different reality than in decades past––one where technology powers new threats to public safety and the criminal mind is often more savvy and astute. King University offers a unique program for law enforcement professionals who have an associate degree or some college credits to continue their education and advance their career in the criminal justice system. Our online criminal justice degree curriculum is guided by our unique programmatic focus on restorative justice––a system of criminal justice that places a large focus on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with the victims and the community at large.

Counselor with inmatesKing University’s criminal justice program focuses on restorative justice

The program outcomes find graduates in rewarding careers in diverse field areas such as probation, parole, state and federal law enforcement and the court system. Take a look inside the King University catalogue to learn more about the courses that will define your degree and shape your future career.

Criminal Justice Courses

Alternatives to Justice – Restorative Justice: This course brings King University’s criminal justice curriculum full circle with its focus on bridging previous coursework to their real-world applications. Students will learn how they can be change agents in society throughout their careers while identifying alternatives to our current justice systems, specifically restorative justice.

Crime Scene Investigation: Forensic science improves the likelihood that investigators solve crimes. This course provides an introduction to use of forensic investigation in the criminal justice system, including the collection and preservation of evidence, forensic science technology and evidence presentation in the courts.

Criminal Procedure: The court systems of our criminal justice system operate by procedure and due process. This course outlines the history of our criminal court system as defined by the U.S. Constitution, Federal and State laws with a special emphasis on the public safeguards found in the Constitution.

Criminal Law: Understanding precedent is essential in understanding and safeguarding the law. This course provides a historical overview of the foundations of criminal law and examines elements of crime, purposes, functions and limits of the law. This course will use historical state and federal cases to explain current precedent.

Juvenile Justice: Criminal intervention at the juvenile level is key in the prevention of future crime through the rehabilitation of young adults. Using specific court cases as precedent, this course will focus on theories of delinquency, special juvenile intervention, status offense, drug crime and gangs.

American Policing: The foundations and evolution of the justice system has shaped where American policing is today. This course examines the progression of American law enforcement through a study of our country’s early relationship with British law enforcement with a focus on law enforcement as a type of social control. Students will also be called on to analyze the use of policy in shaping new law enforcement practices and techniques.

Research Methods in Criminal Justice: Social sciences research helps to deliver a deeper understanding of criminal justice practices and theories. Using various research strategies, this course examines qualitative and quantitative methods of social science research emphasizing criminal justice theory and policy.

Statistics in Criminal Justice Research: Using statistical methods to present complex information, this course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of criminological theories of criminal behavior and the effectiveness of criminal justice policy.

Theories of Criminology: Gaining a better understanding of why people commit crimes and how people become victims of crimes can help you to better serve your community and promote public safety. This course delves deeper into the analysis of major criminological, sociological and psychological theories of the nature of crime.

Ethics and Justice: Law enforcement must serve with integrity and judicial honesty. Students will learn various ethical issues faced by criminal justice professionals through guided discussion and will examine different ethical dilemmas and scenarios.

Criminal Justice Policy: Learn about current issues facing law enforcement through this course, which focuses on a variety of topics, including research methodological issues, police operations, correctional treatment programs, court and legal issues, gun control, corrections and drug issues.

Admission and Enrollment Requirements

Students seeking enrollment in King’s online criminal justice degree must have earned 45 to 60 credit hours from an accredited university and must have a minimum of a 2.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale. A total of 124 credit hours are required to graduate from King University.