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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Earn a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree in under 4 Years

Prepare to serve your community or country in any number of possible criminal justice careers by earning your bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at South University. Get the foundational knowledge and training you need at a campus near you or in our online Criminal Justice degree program.

Gain Insights into Crime’s Causes & Responses

Our bachelor’s in Criminal Justice degree program introduces you to a diverse and comprehensive spectrum of viewpoints on the causes of crime and allows you to closely examine the individual parts and processes of the U.S. criminal justice system.

Your criminal justice courses will explore the current and historical response by police, courts, and corrections to crime and violence; ethical questions and contemporary issues in the field; leadership and community interaction within criminal justice agencies, and much more.

After completing your bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, you’ll be able to:

  • Effectively solve field-based problems by applying a mastery of skills, principles, and practices in the areas of theoretical and applied criminal justice.
  • Understand the causes of crime and delinquency, the process of adjudicating criminal cases, and the major components of the criminal justice system.
  • Apply effective communication and ethical skills within criminal justice careers.
  • Effectively interpret and apply research methodology, using scientific reasoning to study crime and justice.
You can earn your bachelor's in Criminal Justice online in as little as 3 years, or complete one of the bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice programs on campus in as little as 45 months.

Engaging Criminal Justice Classes & Faculty

Comparing criminal justice colleges and programs? At South University, the criminal justice courses online and on campus are led by experienced instructors* who provide an engaging learning environment designed to help you succeed. They draw on examples from their own criminal justice careers and offer one-on-one support and mentorship throughout the program.

As you start the Criminal Justice degree program, your general education requirements can give you a solid foundation in communications, math, natural sciences, arts and humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. Then, your criminal justice major requirements can build your knowledge on:

  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal courts
  • Corrections
  • Criminal law and procedures
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Race, class, and gender in criminal justice
  • Criminal justice management and administration
  • Criminology
  • Comparative criminal justice systems
  • Ethics in criminal justice
Your elective criminal justice classes may cover:
  • Criminal justice and the media
  • Organized crime
  • Crime mapping and prevention
  • Restorative justice
  • Illegal immigration and the criminal justice system
  • Terrorism and homeland security
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Cyber crime
  • Forensics
  • White collar crime
  • Serial killers and mass murderers
  • Community based corrections
  • Victimology
  • Violence in society
  • Crime scene investigation and case management
Through these electives, you can focus your criminal justice studies on a specific interest or obtain a broader skill set across areas. Your elective criminal justice classes can also include up to three supervised 120-hour internships, where you apply what you learn in the classroom directly to the work environment and explore various criminal justice careers and settings.

In addition to equipping you for entry-level positions in the field, earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice can prepare you for graduate studies, like our Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program.

Criminal Justice Degree Requirements for Admissions

To be accepted into our campus or online Criminal Justice programs, you must meet all standard university admissions requirements for undergraduate programs. Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. For questions about admissions or financial aid, call us at 1.888.444.3404.

Preparing for Criminal Justice Careers

Wondering what can you do with a Criminal Justice degree? After completing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree, jobs that our graduates pursue include entry-level positions in law enforcement, correctional organizations, local and state government, and legal institutions. Jobs you can get with a Criminal Justice degree may include:

  • Bailiffs
  • Police Detectives
  • Police Identification and Records Officers
  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
  • Immigration and Customs Inspectors
  • Police Patrol Officers
  • Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
  • Private Detectives and Investigators
For professionals with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree, salary varies based on factors like experience level, position, industry, and geographic region. After first earning your bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, you may be able to pursue more advanced positions and careers with a criminal justice degree at the master’s level.

End your search for Criminal Justice schools with South University. Request information to learn more about our Criminal Justice degree outcomes and discuss preparing for any of the criminal justice careers that interest you.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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