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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

​Start Your Career in Crime Analysis, Investigations, Law Enforcement
or Victim Advocacy​

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree will prepare you for a wide range of career options. You can serve as an advocate for victims of crime, or work for a nonprofit that focuses on criminal justice policy. You can help people keep their lives on track by working with troubled youths or serving as a probation officer.

The BACJ degree can lead to rewarding careers in the court system at the local, state or federal level, and it opens doors to positions with law enforcement agencies at all levels of government. There is also a wide range of nonprofit organizations that work in the criminal justice field.

The BACJ is an interdisciplinary degree program that develops critical thinking and analytic skills — expertise that you will use every day on the job, no matter what part of the criminal justice field you work in.

Classes explore topics like ethics, social and behavioral factors behind crime, the institutions of the criminal justice system, and victimology. You will cultivate leadership and interpersonal skills and learn how to communicate effectively in a wide range of situations. 

Robust Jobs Outlook

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program earn a highly marketable degree in an area that the State of Colorado considers one of critical future need. With 30 percent of federal government employees eligible to retire by late 2017, not to mention state and local government employees, workforce demand is strong. 

What You'll Learn

The BACJ program has a liberal arts basis that teaches students to use critical thinking and analytic skills.  Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • be able to draw on multiple disciplines and research traditions to identify and understand the social and behavioral contributors to crime and delinquency;
  • have a comprehensive understanding of the institutions in the criminal justice system and how politics and policy making affect these institutions;
  • have effective critical thinking, oral and written communication skills;
  • have a comprehensive knowledge of the ethical concerns of the criminal justice field;
  • understand how perceptions of the criminal justice system vary cross-culturally, and how such differences influence policy and public perception;
  • understand the impact and interplay of public policy on the trends, solutions, and research in the field;
  • have demonstrated honed interpersonal and leadership skills; and
  • have developed a basis for the skills necessary to perform information analysis; engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and evaluation.

For more information, contact:

Nora Scanlon
BACJ Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator
Nora.Scanlon@ucdenver​.edu​ | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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