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Department of Justice Studies

Department of Justice Studies

Distance Learning


The Departments of Justice Studies offers many courses via distance learning (DL). The Department of Justice Studies Bachelor of Science degree programs in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies are available through distance as well as on campus in the College of Arts & Sciences. Students with an AA degree, or transfer credits from another college or university, can complete the upper division courses (60 credit hours) on-line. These degrees are offered via the Internet to assist professionals that may be on shift work, or have work and family obligations that preclude their attending campus courses. We find that 80% of our students take courses both on-campus and online, while 20% of our students never come to campus and receive all their courses via the Internet. To view a list of current and upcoming Internet courses and technical information click on the Schedule and Technical Support links on the left.

The Department of Public Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences also offers the majority of its courses in an Internet-based format, enabling many students to complete most of their degree requirements via distance learning. Courses incorporate Internet technology such as electronic readings, web boards, and chat rooms, in some cases supplemented by optional discussion sessions held on the FGCU campus. Students may register for one or more courses per semester, selecting from the distance courses scheduled each term. Eligibility requirements include adequate home computer system and Internet service capacities for completing Internet based coursework.

Special Note: in each of the MPA program’s core courses, students who have less than one year of full-time professional work experience in the public or not-for-profit sectors are required to supplement their internet-based work in the courses by attending two to four sessions conducted on the FGCU campus. These supplemental on-campus sessions in the core courses will be offered during the evening or on weekends. Check the course schedule on Gulfline for the times and dates of the on-campus sessions. These pre-professional students also must complete a 3-credit MPA internship (PAD 6940). The MPA Admissions Committee will determine whether or not an applicant's work experience satisfies these requirements.