Criminal Justice

Serve Justice in UU’s Online Bachelor’s Degree Program

The study of criminology and the criminal justice system explores all aspects of crime, law, the justice system and the agencies and programs designed to prevent and control crime such as law enforcement, courts, prisons, probation and security. 

It is a field that focuses on all parties impacted by criminal behavior: the law enforcement offices that investigate criminal activity, the correctional entities responsible for administering sanctions prescribed by courts and the victims who share a voice in the administration of justice.

Choose a Social Path for Security Services Administration

Urbana University offers a Criminal Justice degree program where professors take criminal justice theories and apply them to modern-day criminal justice practice. Close communication with criminal justice system entities allows Urbana to create new classes or fine tune current offerings to maintain-cutting edge practices.

Urbana’s Criminal Justice program has a strong reputation throughout various criminal justice agencies. Because of this, our students have the opportunity to gain experience through 15 different internship organizations.

Faculty Spotlight

Karen Benton

Karen Benton believes that criminal justice professors should have experience as criminal justice professionals in order to connect theories with practice. With over 20 years working in positions such as probation officer and Director of Diversion Programming for Clark County Juvenile Court, Benton shows the importance of bringing the real world into the classroom.


A Criminal Justice Program for Next-level Career Opportunities

The field of criminal justice offers a variety of career paths at the local, state and federal levels. Employment opportunities can be found in areas of law enforcement, corrections, security, victim advocacy, health and social service agencies, and crime prevention. 


Program Outcomes
  1. Students will compare the correlation between classroom instruction and the field of criminal justice

  2. Students will demonstrate the knowledge necessary to enter the criminal justice profession

  3. Students will identify problems with diverse societal groups

  4. Students will recognize criminal justice theoretical underpinnings

  5. Students will demonstrate a general understanding of victimization

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two nits of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional units from English, mathematics, science, social science, foreign language or philosophy. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 830

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally-accredited institution are required.

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