Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice –Online Program

Offered by: Wilmington University

College credits: 120

Course length: 7-15 weeks



The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is to prepare students to enter or advance in jobs within the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, corrections, and the courts. Upon completion of the undergraduate program, some students may also consider graduate study in law or criminology (sociology). A certificate program in criminal justice is also available.

Program of Study

The Criminal Justice program is dedicated to providing the theoretical, practical, and professional knowledge needed in today’s environment to be successful in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, courts, probation, parole, private security, and the related service careers. Emphasis is placed upon preparing students to enter the professional workplace, grow in their current position, or continue studies in graduate school. The curriculum is designed to provide students with expert instruction on the most current trends, policies, and practices in the field. The goal is to prepare students to become scholarly practitioners in their chosen profession. Further, the General Education Requirements courses, required of all Wilmington University undergraduates, provide a well-rounded academic foundation.

This is not a “one size fits all” major, but one that provides variety in the course selection to encourage each individual student to build a personal program for the future with the assistance of an Academic Advisor.

Students have “out of class” opportunities through membership in the Criminal Justice Association to experience site visits to a variety of criminal justice agencies and meet with practitioners in the field. Internships provide students with an insider’s view of the many facets of the criminal justice field under the guidance of a full-time faculty member. The major also offers a summer study abroad program that awards credit for the opportunity to study criminal justice systems of other countries. The program is offered statewide, with day and evening classes in New Castle, and evening classes in Dover and Georgetown, Delaware, and in New Jersey at the Burlington County College and Cumberland County College locations.

Program Competencies

  1. Exercise critical thinking strategies, including reasoning, problem solving, analysis, and evaluation in criminal justice settings.
  2. Exhibit flexible thinking and goal-directed behaviors in criminal justice course projects.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate skill in the use and the application of technology in criminal justice settings.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematics and statistics by applying criminal justice research findings to criminal justice practice.
  6. Incorporate theoretical perspectives into criminal justice practice.
  7. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical principles, codes, and standards within the criminal justice field and integrate ethical, legal, and economic accountability into professional criminal justice practice.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to self-directedness, self-discipline, and lifelong learning through examinations of criminal justice career paths.
  9. Recognize the principles associated with a pluralistic society in a variety of criminal justice settings as they uniquely apply to practitioners, victims, and offenders and show respect for our multicultural world.
  10. Recognize an awareness of self in relationship to others in team efforts that demonstrate flexible thinking and goal-directed behavior in the resolution of criminal justice issues.


You will take courses such as:
  • CRJ 101 Survey of Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 205 Principles of Criminology
  • CRJ 206 Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice
  • CRJ 303 Administration of Criminal Justice Organizations
  • CRJ 304 Constitutional Law
  • CRJ 316 Criminal Law
  • CRJ 318 Criminal Investigation
  • CRJ 341 Community Corrections
  • CRJ 350 Computer Operations in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 410 Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 411 Criminal Evidence and Procedures
  • CRJ 412 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 413 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

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Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:

●      Federal financial aid funds
●      Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
●      The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
●      Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
Active Military or Veteran? If so, talk to your coach or Wilmington University about your eligibility for additional tuition benefits.


●      WilmU’s online classes are primarily offered in 15-week and 7-week formats and you can start every other month.
●      Take your classes online, with flexibility to balance work, school, family, and personal life.
●      Gain knowledge and skills that are career-relevant and can be applied tomorrow.
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  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

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  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
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  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
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