Online Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice – Counseling
Apply By: 1/6/2021
Classes Start: 1/11/2021
Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice – Counseling, 100% Online
Earn your online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Peru State College Online and discover a fascinating career helping make communities and individuals stronger and safer.
The important field of criminal justice touches our lives in many ways and covers a wide range of services and functions, from law enforcement, courts and prisons, to counseling services and a number of organizations and agencies people depend on every day.
Because upholding our nation’s legal system is so critical, this is a field with enormous potential. And with an online criminal justice degree from Peru State College, you can secure a rewarding career to be proud of. We offer three specializations that allow you to delve deeper into a specific interest, including criminal justice counseling, administration and legal studies. You simply choose the path that best aligns with your particular passion in this essential, honorable line of work.
With Peru State College’s online criminal justice – counseling program, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge in criminal justice and law enforcement, plus a counseling emphasis. Courses will explore theories of social influence, diversity, addiction and chemical dependencies, and will build skills in leading group counseling sessions in a variety of environments. For example, some prison systems need qualified professionals to counsel groups and individuals incarcerated because of substance-related issues.
Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Peru State College ensures the utmost quality across all of our online degrees. But what makes our online Counseling option even more appealing are the premium flexibility, expert faculty, renowned high value and an engaged online community you can count on for support.
With deep, 150-year roots, Peru State College has been offering online programs for more than 20 years. And today, our expertise online adds up to a smooth educational journey for you, from enrollment through graduation.
It’s time to turn goals into action. Welcome to Peru State College Online, where you can earn an online bachelor’s in criminal justice – counseling designed expertly for you.
Empowering Education, Expert Faculty
At Peru State College Online, the online criminal justice courses throughout the 120-credit-hour program are taught by renowned faculty, with real-world, criminal justice experience themselves.
Our faculty members have worked or work in policing, corrections, parole and probation, and make it their priority to stay on top of current criminal justice and counseling practices. Through our continually refreshed curriculum, you are ensured solid knowledge essential to launching or enhancing your career.
Rest assured, your instructors are experts in online teaching, as well, and strive for a smooth, interactive experience for you and your classmates. By keeping the online classroom smaller than you would typically find with a physical campus, the faculty is able to respond quicker, and focus on meaningful interaction with students one-on-one and as a group.
Our online testing practices are also quality-designed to help you perform at your best, with proctored exams giving way to a more personalized, less stressful experience.
Getting excited about your degree path with us? Our online criminal justice courses form the basis of a quality education designed for your ultimate success.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Through the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice – counseling, you can anticipate the following learning goals and outcomes:
- Students will have content knowledge in the criminal justice field
- Students will be able to explain the major components of the criminal justice system.
- Students will be able to synthesize information from a variety of sources.
- Students will communicate effectively both in written and verbal form
- Students will be able present research on criminal justice topics.
- Students will be able to write criminal justice reports for incidents that occur in the field.
- Students will think critically
- Students will be able to evaluate a comprehensive analysis of a juvenile court case.
- Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge of information technology as applied to criminal justice research and practice.
- Students will be able to use problem-solving skills while making informed decisions.
- Students will be able to implement an effective solution for an emergency exercise.
- Students will develop applied skills to be used in the criminal justice field
- Students will be able to participate and document simulated criminal justice activities.
Credit for Experience You Already Have
We make it easy to transfer to Peru State College Online. With nearly 80% of our students transferring in, we’re glad to evaluate all possibilities to make the most of knowledge you’ve gained elsewhere.
- Prior college coursework
- Corporate and military training
- Even life and work experience
It all adds up to maximum transfer credit, and minimal time and tuition to graduation and the new life waiting, for you.
Up to 90* credit hours are accepted from an accredited college
or up to 66 from a community, vocational or tech college.
You could start at Peru State College Online already 75% finished with your program!
Low Tuition, Top-Value Education
Per credit hour
For any state
No other per-credit hour fees
At Peru State College Online, we take it all seriously – including your education investment. Our students work hard on their education, so we do our part to make it as affordable as possible. Peru State’s approach of hiqh quality at a competitive cost works well for both you and us, earning our college the distinction of being a Top ROI, Best Buy and Best Value.
What’s our secret? No surprises here …
- At a lean $299 per credit hour, our low, “one-rate, any-state” tuition simplifies things, with no other per-credit-hour fees to worry about.
- Other cost-friendly options are available, too, like transfer credit, financial aid, and corporate or military tuition assistance, if applicable to you.
- Finally, it’s free to apply.
Less financial stress for you, enormous pride for us. Ready to make the most out of your education dollars? At Peru State College Online, you’ll find transformative education offered affordably, for you.
An Engaged Online Community
With no physical boundaries, Peru State College’s rich tradition of community on campus easily extends to our family online. You will immediately feel welcome among our circle of faculty, staff and distance learners like you.
Simple, Clear Application Process
Whether you’d like a little help from us or prefer to get started on your own, your journey at Peru State College Online begins with a smooth — and FREE — application process.
- STEP ONE. Complete the Application for Admission (FREE)
- STEP TWO. Request your official high school and, if applicable, college transcripts (not required if you are transferring from Chadron State College or Wayne State College)
We promise a speedy response to your application, averaging about 24 hours to process. From there, we’ll work together to enroll and get you moving toward your graduation goal ahead.
The education, support and experiences provided by Peru State have forever changed my life for the better.
Flexible, Quality Learning
At Peru State College Online, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how flexible quality learning can be. All courses are intentionally designed for online learning, and our 120-credit-hour online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice – counseling can be safely accomplished wherever and whenever is best for you.
Criminal Justice Core Requirements
You must complete the following requirements in addition to the General Studies requirements. No grade lower than “C-” will satisfy major requirements.
CJUS 110 Survey of Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to general criminal justice concepts and knowledge about the relationships of crime and criminal behavior. The purpose, role, and interrelationships of the police, other law enforcement officials, the courts and judiciary, corrections, and parole systems are discussed.
CJUS 220 Introduction to Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
This course is a general introductory course that describes the history and development of corrections in America, the various aspects of correctional practices, and issues and perspectives affecting institutional life within the correctional system. Organizational and administrative practices are examined.
Prerequisites: Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 230 Policing (3 Credit Hours)
This course covers the major roles of the police in American society. The course investigates the origins of policing and law enforcement, police organization, the functions of police in society, and the polices’ relationships to the various components of the criminal justice system. Issues confronting police administration are discussed.
Prerequisites: Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 308 Community-Based Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on correctional processes and strategies regarding probation, parole, juveniles, diversion, and other innovative approaches applied in a community setting.
Prerequisites: Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 330 Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
This is an introductory course that concentrates on research methods and designs and statistical analysis procedures used in research projects. This course demonstrates how research methods are utilized in the criminal justice field.
Prerequisites: Survey of Criminal Justice, Statistics
CJUS 340 Criminal Procedures and the Courts (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides an overview of the structure and functions of the criminal court system in the United States, including county, state, federal, and specialized courts. The roles of court personnel, case flow management, a variety of issues confronting the court system, court standards as compared to actual functioning, and court reform measures are studied. Constitutional rules regarding evidence, search and seizure, interrogations and confessions, and suspect identification guidelines receive significant attention. Constitutional rights, remedies, post-trial appeal processes, and criminal procedure during times of crisis receive consideration.
CJUS 360 Criminology (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines the nature and causes of crime as a social phenomenon.
Prerequisites: Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 385 Victimology (3 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the theoretical perspectives of victimization, the scope of victimization in the United States, the justice system’s response, victim’s rights, restorative justice, and research and evaluation findings. Being exposed to and understanding victimization issues enhances students’ knowledge about a comprehensive system of justice rather than a “criminal’s justice system.”
CJUS 401 Homeland Security (3 Credit Hours)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of Homeland Security, incident management, terrorism and counter terrorism as impacting the United States.
Prerequisites: Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 410 Juvenile Deliquency (3 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the nature and extent of delinquent acts and status offenses historically, theoretical approaches to explain why these behaviors develop including environmental/contextual approaches to explanation, and how the justice system and society legally respond. A variety of cultural and social factors related to delinquency are examined, along with program implications for prevention and intervention.
Prerequisites: Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 495 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
This course requires students to use critical thinking, research, oral and written communication skills to investigate, discuss and explain how major criminal justice theories contribute to an understanding of deviant, delinquent or abnormal behaviors and crime. Particular emphasis is placed on discussion and evaluation of contemporary problems facing one of the elements of the criminal justice system; law enforcement, courts, and corrections. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for criminal justice students and should be taken in the last year of study.
For Seniors Only.
Required Program Prerequisites
CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications (3 Credit Hours)
This course is an introduction to basic computer concepts and Windows-based spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software currently used in industry. Development of problem-solving and proficiency using selected commercial software packages is stressed.
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
This course is a general introduction to contemporary psychology focusing on basic concepts, principles, terminology, trends in psychological research, and the application of this knowledge. General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science
SOC 201 Principles of Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
This course is an introductory study of group and social dynamics, cultures, social problems, social institutions, inter-group relationships, and the impact of social policies. General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science
Select eight courses from the following options.
CJUS 190 Criminal Law (3 Credit Hours)
This course will focus on the concepts of substantive criminal law as they pertain to elements of criminal acts. Special focus will be assigned to basic legal concepts such as assigning punishment, voluntary criminal acts and omissions, explaining the nexus between mens rea and actus reus. Topics will also include theories of causation, homicide, theft, affirmative defenses and attempted crimes. Further, contemporary criminal law issues confronting law enforcement officials from crime prevention to court appearance are considered. Special attention will also be given to evidentiary standards relating to rules of relevancy, character evidence and hearsay.
CJUS 390 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
This course will focus on ethical principles and concepts as they apply to elements of the criminal justice system. Special focus will be assigned to the three major areas of criminal justice: police, courts, and corrections. Students will learn about general philosophical theories and ethics designed to govern both individual behavior and institutions as a whole. Students will be provided with a framework for making ethical decisions in order to be successful practitioners in the field of criminal justice.
CJUS 441 Criminal Justice Internship (3 Credit Hours)
This course is designed for students to explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals. Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit. A minimum of forty hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester. The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Internship Supervisor. Contact the Center for Engaged Learning for specific details. Prerequisites Required: 45 completed hours and good academic standing
CJUS 442 Criminal Justice Internship (3 Credit Hours)
This course is designed for students to complete a second internship, explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals. Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit. A minimum of forty-five (45) hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester. The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Cooperative Program Coordinator. A final paper will be prepared at the conclusion of the internship. Prerequisites Required: 45 completed hours and good academic standing
CJUS 450 Criminalistics (3 Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to the basics of forensic science, focusing on the legal and procedural methods of evidence and evidence collection techniques to include fingerprint collection and analysis, firearms identification, gunshot residue, tool marks, footprint and tire mark impressions, forensic serology, blood splatter evidence, forensic photography, DNA theory and analysis, and electronic surveillance issues.
CJUS 490 Comparative Justice and Human Services Systems (3 Credit Hours)
This course allows students the opportunity to examine and compare the United States criminal justice system with those existing in foreign countries. Exploration and problem identification of key contemporary issues affecting these systems is an integral course element. The criminal justice system(s) under study are contrasted with the courts, policing, corrections and juvenile justice systems within the American system. In addition, innovative human service delivery systems are studied from a critical policy response perspective. Cultural and social factors that have influenced the development and ongoing operation of each system under study receive in depth examination. Prerequisite Required: Sophomore Standing General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies
CJUS 491 International Field Experience (3 Credit Hours)
This is a specialized international field experience where students are immersed in the criminal justice and human service systems to examine and compare the various aspects of each country’s systems. Cultural and social factors that have influenced the development of each system under study will be examined. Students will attend daily scheduled presentations, tours, social and cultural events and celebrations, visit historical sites, volunteer to help local agencies, and participate in other educational opportunities that become available for students while in-country.
CJUS 498 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite Required: Juniors and Seniors Only
CMIS 300 Information Systems Management (3 Credit Hours)
This course introduces concepts of systems management from a business viewpoint and an information systems viewpoint. Students utilize graphical tools including flowcharts to examine business and information systems processes. Fundamental programming concepts are introduced including algorithms, data types, control structures and Boolean logic. An overview of project management including critical path and dependencies is introduced.
CMIS 360 Cyber Security (3 Credit Hours)
Fundamentals of information security are addressed. Current issues as well as historical incidents will be examined to assess vulnerabilities and provide solutions and countermeasures. Topics include identification and authentication, access control, security models, and operating system integrity. Security is considered from macro and micro scales and from virtual to physical intrusions. Costs, potential liabilities, and other issues with data leakage are explored. This course is designed so students of any major with an interest in Cyber Security may take the course. General Studies Outcome: Technology and its application
Prerequisites: Information Systems Concepts and Applications
COUN 300 Professional Ethics (3 Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to the profession of chemical dependency/addictions counseling with an emphasis on professional ethics and issues in alcohol and drug counseling. Students study the NAADAC ethical guidelines as well as histories and philosophies of ethical code development in related fields such as medicine, psychology, and social work. Students will also investigate how many ethical issues are practically resolved through interviews with professionals in the field of addiction. Various populations-at-risk are studied, and specific professional and ethical issues relating to these populations will be explored.
COUN 310 Techniques of Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
This course will study the fundamental theories, principles, and techniques of counseling are presented as they apply to education, psychology, and social work practices. Practical experience in the use of numerous counseling techniques will also be provided and practiced in role play format.
COUN 320 Assessment, Evaluation, and Casework Management (3 Credit Hours)
This course applies the theory and practice of current techniques utilized in alcohol and drug abuse casework. Special emphasis is placed on disorders relating to substance abuse/dependency diagnosis, treatment, and/or referral, including practice assessing and managing a sample case. Students will develop drug/alcohol assessment summaries, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge plans. They will also write clinical case reviews of sample cases.
COUN 330 Diversity Issues in Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on counseling issues that impact the socio-cultural, economic and educational factors in minority populations. Students learn traditional, as well as adapted, counseling techniques aimed specifically towards helping Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and other identified populations. Students practice intervention strategies in class sessions using identified issues.
COUN 390 Group Work (3 Credit Hours)
Group Work focuses on the theories and dynamics of group counseling. A primary goal of the course is the development of specific skills that can enhance group leadership. Understanding the group process and group development, how to set up groups and choosing group members, and the different types of groups are covered. Students facilitate an experiential group process to practice the techniques presented.
COUN 410 Addictions (3 Credit Hours)
This course surveys the physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of a variety of populations that are at-risk for addictions, compulsions, and dependence, particularly focusing on alcohol and drugs. The etiological, behavioral, cultural, and demographic conditions and belief systems of various addictions are explored.
COUN 420 Medical and Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides an overview of the medical and treatment trends and issues associated with alcohol/drug disorders, physical and mental disorders, generational use/abuse/dependence on alcohol and/or drugs, drug treatment theories, practices and programs, and unique or special populations.
EDUC 365 Child Abuse and Neglect Detection (3 Credit Hours)
The content of this course will cover a broad range of topics dealing with child abuse and neglect issues as related to the public schools, the juvenile justice system, and the community at large. The course will emphasize the relationship between child abuse and juvenile delinquency. A further emphasis will be placed on equipping the student to obtain competent detection and reporting skills, skills dealing with the treatment of victims, and the prevention of abuse and neglect.
HP 301 Analysis of Evil (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides an overview and understanding of evil. This course includes an exploration of the definition and descriptions of evil as portrayed by religion, pop culture, selected American literature (short story and novel) and cultural anthropology. Additional focus will be given to the lives of serial murderers and law enforcement response to the acts of such people. Additional focus will be given to the topic of both victim and offender profiling.
HP 302 Analysis of Evil II (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides an overview and understanding of ritualistic crime and deviant cult activities, particularly as it applies to small folk groups, isolated societies, small towns and rural environments. The course includes an exploration of the definition of evil as portrayed by religion, an understanding of various psychological, philosophical, sociological, and behavioral theories of evil, insights into the dynamics of groups that exhibit extreme violence or self-destructive behaviors and the people that lead them. Particular focus will be given to individual and group deviance, psychological dynamics of charismatic cult leaders and their followers, and church, community, civic agency/law enforcement responses to the acts of such people
HP 311 Forensics Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
Forensic Psychology is the application of psychology to legal issues. This course will provide a foundational understanding of the intersection of psychology and the law. Special attention will be given to developing an understanding of the most prevalent mental disorders that are encountered in forensic evaluations and how forensic psychologists assists judges and juries in determining criminal responsibility and punishment. Students will learn about the insanity defense, capital murder and the death penalty, competency to stand trial, offender treatment, eye witness and expert testimony and child custody matters. Additional topics to be covered include the psychological underpinnings and motivations for sexual offenses, murder, and repeated criminal behavior.
PSYC 250 Human Growth and Development (3 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of growth from birth through old age. In addition, factors thought to influence this growth are also examined. General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science
PSYC 420 Social Influence, Compliance and Obedience (3 Credit Hours)
This is an in-depth examination of selected topics in social influence, the processes, through which a person or group changes or attempts to change the opinions, attitudes, or behaviors of another person or group. Topics will include compliance, conformity, obedience, cultural and gender differences in influence, and motivations and mechanisms of resistances to influence. Students will be introduced to current and classic theory within the social influence domain; including persuasion, compliance gaining, interpersonal influence and social influence through mass mediated contexts. Over the semester students will be exposed to thirty classic works in the disciplines of psychology, communication, business management, sociology, and cultural anthropology relating to the course title. General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science
Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology
PSYC 450 Abnormal Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
Focusing on personality disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, this course deals extensively with DSM-IV categories of abnormal psychology. General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science. Requires Junior Standing.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development
SOC 255 Diversity Issues in the United States (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides a comprehensive review of majority-minority relations in the United States and begins with an introduction of the sociological framework of the study of minorities, culture, prejudice, discrimination and intergroup relations. Subsequent weeks will be spent learning specifically about the experiences of a wide variety of minority groups, each starting with a socio-historical perspective and ending with a sociological analysis of their contemporary situation. General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science
SOC 300 Contemporary Social Problems (3 Credit Hours)
This course is an introduction to the causes, treatment, and prevention of selected social problems with particular emphasis on the problems of conflict and inequality. General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional and Global Studies/Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science
SOC 322 The World’s Religions (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides an introduction to the world’s major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism,and Christianity. Central to the understanding of each will be knowledge of: location and history of the origins of the faith, especially in relation to world history; the difference between philosophy and religion, and where each fits; basic theological concepts; and social teachings. Dual listed as PHIL 322. General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science
SOC 340 The Family (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides an examination of the role of the family in contemporary society with an emphasis on the factors influencing the family structure, functions, and roles, and their implications for both the community and individuals at varying stages of the family life cycle. General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq and Explanatory Schema – Soc Science
SPED 500 Inclusionary Practices for Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
This course will provide an overview of the handicapping conditions served under the legislation of IDEA. A review of the law and the eligibility requirements for each identified handicapping condition will be examined. The purpose of the course will be to train general and special educators in practices conducive to creating inclusionary environments in which to teach both regular education and special education students. Best practices regarding the development of an inclusionary program will be presented. Methods of alternative instruction designed to meet individual needs within large group settings at the K-12 level will be discussed. Practice in collaborative techniques will be provided. Prerequisites required: Graduate Status
SPED 540 Behavior Management (3 Credit Hours)
This course will focus on basic principles of behavior modification as well as survey practical applications of this approach. Course content will include theoretical implications, behavioral and functional analysis, targeting behaviors, collecting information, interventions, positive behavioral support and monitoring for change. Prerequisites required: Graduate Status
Careers and Outcomes
Exciting Careers Within Your Reach
With your online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice – counseling, there are a number of fascinating career options to explore.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 22% by 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for these professionals was $46,240 in May 2019.
Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5% by 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location. In May 2019, the median annual wage for police and detectives was $65,170, and $54,290 for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists.
Specific careers available with an online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice include:
An abundance of opportunity. A rewarding, impactful career. In the fascinating field of criminal justice, the world needs professionals like you, driven to make a difference. So, come to Peru State College Online, and discover quality criminal justice education designed exactly for you.
Job titles and median salaries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.