Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts) Sample Online Curriculum

This sample course of study is based on the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog. This is not an official advising document. It can serve as a guide for how your existing credits may transfer. All efforts have been made to provide accurate information. However, this information is subject to change by the department.

Our online enrollment coordinators can provide a free unofficial transfer evaluation before you apply. Official review of your student records happens when you apply to and are admitted to ODU.

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Lower Division General Education and Departmental Requirements

This bachelor's program is available completely online at ODU, which means you can start as a freshman. If you already have college credits, you may be able to transfer them to ODU and satisfy many of these lower division course requirements.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
GEN ED. Written Communication3ENGL 110C English Composition
GEN ED. Written Communication II3ENGL 211C Intro to Academic Writing
GEN ED. Literature3
GEN ED. Oral Communication Skills3
GEN ED. Language and Culture*0-12
GEN ED. Information Literacy/Research Skills3
GEN ED. Human Creativity3
GEN ED. Interpreting the Past3
GEN ED. Philosophy and Ethics3
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. Impact of Technology3Any ODU "T" course
GEN ED. Math Skills3STAT 130M Elementary Statistics
GEN ED. Human Behavior3SOC 201S Intro to Sociology

* For the Bachelor of Arts degree, you must have language competence through the 202 level. You may receive credit for prior coursework or demonstrated competence, but an associate degree usually does not complete this requirement in full.

Program Coursework

Some course requirements may vary depending on whether you pursue the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
PSYC 201S Intro to Psychology3
CRJS 215S Introduction to Criminology3
CRJS 222 The Criminal Justice System3
CRJS 262 Law and the Criminal Justice System3
SOC 337 Introduction to Social Research3
CRJS 426W Criminological Theory3
CRJS 436 Capstone Research Project3
One Stratification course3Choose from SOC 320, 323, 340, 402, or 426
One upper-level Law course3Choose from CRJS 320, 406, 462, or other approved course
Six Criminal Justice elective courses 18Any 300-400 level CRJS courses. Up to six hours of internship coursework may be used.
B.S. only: One additional Human Behavior course0-3This is in addition to the GEN ED course. CRJS 215S cannot be used to meet this requirement.


Upper-Division General Education Requirements

  • Option A. An approved minor, second degree or second major (12 credit hours minimum)
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor (12 credit hours)
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure.
  • Option D. Two upper division courses from outside the College of Arts and Letters, or two upper division courses not required by the major from the Arts and Humanities Component. (6 credit hours)


View Criminal Justice Course Descriptions in ODU's Undergraduate Catalog


This bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours total.

To complete this degree at ODU as a transfer, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at ODU.


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