Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Business Administration
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The BBA Criminal Justice specialization is designed to help you develop a real life understanding of the foundations of our criminal justice system. You will explore how the global multicultural network connects distinct legal traditions and ethics policing, both domestically and internationally. You will study coordination of local, state, federal and multinational organizations and international resources, and develop your understanding of criminal gangs and the collection and use of evidence. For your final assignment, you will complete a research project demonstrating your ability to investigate a workplace problem and recommend a plan for preventative action. As a BBA graduate, you will be prepared to apply your knowledge in a professional setting, whether in a law enforcement capacity or within private security.

General Degree Requirements


The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requires 120 semester credit hours*.

 *A minimum of 60 semester transfer credits or a conferred Associate’s degree are required.


  • Grade Point Average of "C", 2.0, or higher.

  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University.

  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: high school transcript or GED.

  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full.


The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor's degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of "C" or better.


Credit Hour Requirements


  • General Education - 39 credit hours

  • Required Foundational Courses - 33 credit hours

  • Specialization Electives - 18 credit hours

  • Open Electives – 27 credit hours*

  • Required Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours


Total - 120 credit hours


*Students may select any undergraduate Northcentral courses to fulfill this requirement. Your Academic Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Business Foundational Courses - 33 credit hours

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Foundations for Undergraduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue an undergraduate degree. Academic skills, such as academic integrity, time management, and effective use of the Northcentral Library are introduced. Students will develop the ability to locate, evaluate, use information in the context of academic and professional activities, and use APA form and style in professional communication. This course highlights personal goals, strengths, and overcoming challenges, and provides a roadmap for students to navigate their way towards completion of their educational aspirations.


Ethics in Business

Ethics and social responsibility are terms frequently applied to business practices that deal with all enterprise stakeholders' moral behavior. This course explores the responsibilities of a business, and the individuals within the business and their ethical responsibilities. The course reviews ethical business issues as applied to global, governmental, environmental, and personal rights. Ethics in Business investigates how business ethics affect the employee, firm, consumer, and society.


Managerial Accounting

This course explores the nature of managerial accounting as it relates to decision-making. Concepts and systems are analyzed, including cost-volume-profit analysis, analysis of reporting and financial statements, performance evaluation, differential analysis and product pricing, capital investment analysis, budgeting, and Just-in-Time manufacturing.


Basic Business Law

This course will familiarize students with basic legal principles that affect the everyday procedures in business. The student will understand legal principles in everyday life by utilizing the practical knowledge learned. The student will be introduced to the laws of contracts as the foundation for the legal regulation of business.


Computer Information Systems

This course provides an overview of the scope and capabilities of computer information systems in today's digital environment. Upon completion of this course students will have gained a thorough understanding of the various hardware, software, and data communication components, including terminology, applied function, and performance aspects of information technology. This course also explores current trends and future directions and advancements involving information technology.



To understand business functions, it is important to understand the micro-economic organization (the business) operating within a larger macro-economic system (the economy). This course examines economic theory as it relates to pricing and supply and demand. Also, the course covers money and banking as well as production, income, and employment.


Essentials of Marketing

Students in this course will explore the marketing function and marketing decision areas. Concepts covered include the 4Ps, relationship marketing, communication, value-delivery networks, global marketing, marketing ethics, and social responsibility. Students will build a foundation in the skills required by a business to market a product or services.


Small Business Management

This course introduces small business management and the multitudes of management skills required for successful operation. Small businesses are unique because they contain most of the elements found in large corporations, yet they have additional characteristics and peculiarities, advantages and disadvantages. Over 80% of all businesses are classified as small businesses. Small business management requires a person who is a generalist and a specialist, an innovator and a stabilizer. The small business manager can be expected to have knowledge of all aspects – internal and external – of the business.


Money, Banking, and Business Finance

The course begins with an examination of the financial system. Central to the financial system is the banking system, which accepts deposits from savers and in turn creates loans for borrowers. The borrowers fuel our economy as the financial capital supports real investment in support of business activity. Students in this course will examine the valuation of two important types of financial securities - bonds and stocks. These securities are long-term in nature with the issuing party selling the securities to raise financial capital. Students will study the different types of financial statement data and the related analysis that guides business managers.


The Dimensions of Global Business

This course involves the study of international commerce, trade and worldwide cultural and economic influences. Students will delve into the many facets of the international business environment. The concepts pursued in the course will be the foundation for understanding business in the global marketplace. Course concepts will cover global strategy, comparative country selection, operations, finance, trade, marketing, supply chain management and new global challenges.


Introduction to Business Statistical Analysis

This undergraduate level course addresses statistical techniques that may be useful for analyzing quantitative data in business practice. Students will also become familiar with setting up and using technology tools to conduct statistical analysis. Topics include Descriptive Statistics, one and two sample Hypothesis Testing, Probability, Correlation and Regression, and Nonparametric Techniques.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours, Select 6 of the following:

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Introduction to Criminal Justice

Laws regulate the actions of all people residing in the nation as well as the actions of governmental bodies and organizations. The legislature writes the laws. The executive branch enforces laws. The judiciary branch adjudicates guilt or innocence. The criminal justice system then provides the structure for carrying out this process. This undergraduate level course provides students the opportunity to examine the American criminal justice structure and the functions and processes that impact communities and society.


Introduction to Law Enforcement

Students in this course will examine the history of law enforcement and distinguish between historical and contemporary issues of criminal justice. Students will also explore the management issues involved in policing as well as challenges to the profession.



This course will examine the nature and extent of crime, as well as the causes and prevention of criminality. Particular attention will be given to theories and typologies.



In this undergraduate course, students will examine the nature and extent of criminal behavior and correctional systems, corrections and penology, and criminal rehabilitation institutions. This course will not only examine prison systems, but jail operations and management as well. Other topics include community corrections, work release and home detention, pre-trial and bail services, probation, parole, and pardons and reprieves. Particular attention will be given to theories and typologies.


Law Enforcement and the Community

This course examines the development and support of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) strategies, and how this policing style responds to the needs and demands of citizens.


Research Methods for Criminal Justice

Students in this course will examine the sources and resources of classic and contemporary research in the criminal justice field. The ability to develop, conduct and analyze scientific research within the criminal justice specialization is critical to developing new techniques or validating old practices.


Introduction to Criminal Law

This introductory course analyzes the fundamental principles and doctrines that underline criminal law in general rather than rules for a specific state. The student will become acquainted with constitutional and case law precedents and elements of criminal liability for various crimes including acts against persons and property. Criminal law’s application to vice crimes and terrorism are also addressed.


Criminal Court Process

This course offers a comprehensive analysis of the operation of the courts through an exploration of theory and actual operation. The focus is on the rules of operation and the informal methods of accomplishing institutional goals, the formal and informal working relationships between various parties in the system, and the political context in which criminal justice is dispensed. The rules and rationale behind criminal law is a major topic throughout the course.


Law Enforcement and Management

This course will examine law enforcement management and supervisors and their interrelationships with members of their organizations and the community at large. Particular attention will be paid to the best known methods and practices of police leadership and management.


Introduction to Corporate/Private Security

This introductory course is designed to expose students to emerging issues in the field of private security. A growing industry with employees now numbering in the millions, private security firms work hand in hand with public law enforcement strengthening the overall security posture of firms, schools, private homes etc. Beginning with a discussion addressing the differences between public and private police, classes will later analyze security needs of future business and private establishments in detail. Potential threats emanate from tapped phones, bugged offices, stolen papers, covert recording, undercover employees, phony repair people, fax intercepts and the list goes on. The substance of the course will include practical theoretical elements affecting the private/corporate security field. The threat of industrial espionage is not only a domestic threat; it is often a foreign threat as well. The course will garner a better understanding of corporate security, its principles, legal authority and its effect on society in general.

Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

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Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies Capstone*

This course introduces small business management and the multitudes of management skills required for successful operation. Small businesses are unique because they contain most of the elements found in large corporations, yet they have additional characteristics and peculiarities, advantages and disadvantages. Over 80% of all businesses are classified as small businesses. Small business management requires a person who is a generalist and a specialist, an innovator and a stabilizer. The small business manager can be expected to have knowledge of all aspects – internal and external – of the business.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Completion tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your BBA program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s BBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $432
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,296
  • Program cost: $26,270
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of program is determined on the program and track student enters, transfer credits if any and other unique student factors.  For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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