CJ-100: The American Criminal Justice System

Duration: 10 Weeks
Credits: 5 Credits (210 Clock Hours)



This basic course covers the complex subject of criminal justice in America. The student is exposed to an analysis of such varied subjects as societal problems, determinants of individuals' behavior, government processes, and conceptions of morality and justice. This course draws from an interdisciplinary foundation of research, with contributions from criminology, law, history, sociology, psychology, and political science. This approach provided analytical tools to evaluate the varied institutions, processes, and social phenomena of criminal justice. Examples of subjects covered include: Victimization and Criminal Behavior, Criminal Justice System, the Rule of Law, Police and Law Enforcement Operations, Courts and Pretrial Processes, Prosecution and Defense, Incarceration, Corrections, Juvenile Justice and other vital contemporary issues that define Criminal Justice in 21st Century America.

Course Syllabus (click to view)


Earn Your Certificate Online

Upon completion of this individual course, students will be awarded a certificate from the The Washington Online Learning Institute.

Certification from the accredited Washington Online Learning Institute will signify the student's achievement in both knowledge and competence.

This certificate is valid in all 50 States.


Course Format: Instructor Led Online Course

Students are required to complete weekly reading assignments both from the textbook and other supplemental materials. Students must also participate in discussions with the course instructor and fellow students. Discussion forums are provided in the WOLI online classroom.

Online tests are conducted at the end of each course.

Students are not required to attend any scheduled class meetings. Log in at your convenience to attend school.


Fully Accredited Online School

WOLI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) Commission on Secondary Schools, one of the most prestigious accrediting agencies in the United States.