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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice degree program introduces you to the theoretical, ethical, and evolving real-world issues in the law enforcement field. Criminal justice professionals today must be polished community-builders, communicators, analytic thinkers, problem solvers, and public relations experts.

You will establish a solid foundational understanding of the justice system and focus on current, evolving law enforcement issues that will help build your leadership and conflict resolution skills to confront any challenge efficiently and professionally.

Current strategic methodologies are used to give real-world experience along with a higher education.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is a flexible 120-hour degree program completed 100% online.

In addition to offering classes 100% online, CLS is also able to offer onsite options for students who want to attend class in person. However, availability of onsite courses is dependent on the number of students enrolled at each location.

degree topics include:

  • Ethics
  • Deviance and social control
  • Statistics in criminal justice


  • Drugs and society
  • Comparative justice systems
  • Introduction to forensic science
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The College of Liberal Studies Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is a fast paced accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When a student is admitted into the program – he/she is assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses necessary for completing the degree. 

Manageable Accelerated Courses

All undergraduate courses in this program are designed at an accelerated pace – meaning each course is 8-weeks long. Most students choose to take 4 courses (or 12 credit hours) a semester, two the first half of the semester and two the second half of the semester. However, some choose to take a full schedule of 6 courses (or 18 credit hours). The amount of credit hours you take a semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules – these courses are fast paced and intensive.

Depending on how many credit hours are transferred, along with the number of courses taken in a semester, this program can be completed in as little as 18 months. The majority of students complete the program in 4 – 5 years.

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  • A minimum of 120 hours is needed for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be earned from the OU College of Liberal Studies.
  • A minimum of 60 hours must be earned from a baccalaureate (four-year) institution.
  • A minimum of 40 hours must be upper-division coursework.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is needed for graduation.
  • 15 - 46 hours of coursework must be completed.
  • One upper division (3000/4000 level) Gen Ed course must be completed.
  • An Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.) from an accredited 2-year Oklahoma institution waives the lower-division general education requirements.
  • No more than 30 lower-division and upper-division hours can be waived with advanced standing credit and/or extra institutional learning.

Electives fulfill the remaining hours necessary for the completion of a B.S. degree after general education and B.S. major requirements have been met.

Electives can be taken online through the College of Liberal Studies and/or transferred from another college or university, subject to the minimum graduation requirements presented above.

Free electives (0-72 hours) (All grades must be “D” or higher)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall Session I: July 1
  • Fall Session II: September 15
  • Spring Session I: December 1
  • Spring Session II: February 15
  • Summer: May 1