Are you interested in a career in law enforcement? Do you like helping people? Discover online criminal justice degrees at Iowa Wesleyan University.

online criminal justice degreeThe online criminal justice bachelor degree is designed to familiarize students with the complex nature of the American criminal justice system. The program includes an overview of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. We strive to provide students with the invaluable ability to think critically and act independently in their career. The online criminal justice degree includes an overview of the criminal justice system including its three basic components: the police, courts, and corrections. Criminological theory and research examine criminal behavior and crime causation. The combination of criminal justice coursework and hands-on learning through internships prepares students for careers in law enforcement, the law or corrections or to pursue graduate and professional education.

Criminal justice is extremely attractive from an employment standpoint. “There are a lot of jobs out there right now,” Richard Buffington, Division of Science Chair and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute said, adding that “homeland security and terrorism are highly relevant issues in our society, and the need for trained professionals is paramount.”

Career Outcomes

Earning a Criminal Justice degree through IW Online will give you the knowledge to pursue careers in areas such as:

  • Parole Officer
  • Court Administrator
  • Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Court Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Court Administrator
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff Deputy
  • Jail Administrator
  • Baliff
  • State Patrol

Criminal Justice Requirements

The criminal justice program provides an overview of the criminal justice system including the three basic components: the police, the courts, and corrections.

(BS: 120 Hours)


  • CJ 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 260 Criminal Law and Individual Rights (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 307 Criminology (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 316 Introduction to Corrections (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 347 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 350 Constitutional Law (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 355 Law Enforcement (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 416 Crime and Punishment (3 hrs.)
  • Criminal Justice elective courses (6 hrs.)
  • CJ 498 Internship in Criminal Justice (6 hrs.)


  • GOV 305 Current Issues in Government (3 hrs.)
  • PSYCH 131 General Psychology ( 3 hrs.) OR
  • PSYCH 251 Development Psychology (3 hrs.)
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs.)
  • MATH 171 Elementary Statistics (4 hrs.)



  • 8 Week Courses
  • Six start dates each year
  • $425 per credit hour