Criminal Justice Courses

Cyber crime, threats to homeland security, and advances in forensic science are a few of the issues emerging in the field of criminal justice. That’s why DeVry’s criminal justice courses take a holistic approach to law enforcement education.

Our classes include subjects such as criminal law and investigation, ethics, and terrorism investigation. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from seasoned instructors along the way and you can build the confidence needed to understand crime and pursue justice.

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Criminal Justice Courses

Criminal Justice*
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on criminal and juvenile justice. It examines the total system of police, courts and corrections. This course is for students with one year of professional experience in law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field. It covers the interaction of law, crime and criminal justice agencies. Topics include crime prevention, management and control.

PREREQUISITE(S): Corequisite: ENGL112

Law Enforcement*
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the role of police and law enforcement. It examines the field's historical roots. It also covers the current state of community policing and homeland security. Topics include police functions, actions, technology, controls and standards.


Juvenile Justice*
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines juvenile behavior problems and how our justice system responds. Topics include:

  • The causes of juvenile behavior problems
  • The history of the juvenile justice system
  • Agencies, police, law, courts and corrections dealing with juvenile cases
  • Contemporary issues such as gangs and juveniles in adult courts


Theory and Practice of Corrections*
Credit Hours: 3

This is a deep study of our corrections system, including:

  • The history of punishment
  • Moral and practical justifications for punishment
  • Sentencing trends and alternatives to incarceration
  • The organization and operation of correctional institutions
  • Inmate life, treatment, discharge and parole


Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the causes of crime and the behavior of criminals. Coursework also focuses on victims and societal reaction to crime. Subjects covered include:

  • Criminal statistics
  • Patterns of crime
  • How our criminal justice system treats types of crimes


Criminal Law and Procedure*
Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses crimes and penalties as defined by law. It also covers law enforcement processes and procedures. Subjects include:

  • Constitutional law principles
  • Types of legal offenses
  • Search, seizure, arrest, interrogation, identification, trial, sentencing, punishment and appeal


Criminal Investigation*
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers theory, practice and techniques used in criminal investigation. You can explore methods for recognizing crimes, suspects and perpetrators. You can apply problem-solving methods to:

  • Case preparation and testimonies
  • Preparing evidence
  • Investigating and reconstructing crimes


Ethics and Criminal Justice*
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, you will apply ethical theories the criminal justice system. You will study contemporary problems in law enforcement, corrections and the judicial system. You will apply ethical frameworks to typical dilemmas in these areas.


Terrorism Investigation*
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on how law enforcement professionals investigate terrorism. This includes:

  • The strategic, political, social and religious roots of terrorism
  • The challenges, laws and policies used to defend our homeland
  • Preparations for, and responses to, terrorist attacks


Additional Online Courses

*Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require successful completion of required math and English transitional studies courses. Required transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
^Courses marked with a caret (^) are licensed in New Jersey; students whose enrolled location is in New Jersey may enroll in these courses in the onsite, online and blended modalities.
+Courses marked with a plus sign (+) are available as honors courses (restrictions apply).
Note: To enroll in a course with a corequisite, students must have either successfully completed the corequisite course during a prior session or concurrently enroll in the corequisite course.