Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Enroll in South University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program and learn how to better serve your community. With criminal justice courses that focus on the causes of crime and critical insights into the functions of the criminal justice system, this program builds on your knowledge in the field. Criminal Justice classes include topics like response by police, courts and corrections, crime and violence, ethical concerns, theoretical and applied criminal justice, causes of crime, and the process of adjudicating criminal cases. A Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice can prepare graduates to seek entry-level positions in the field*.
Please note: While you may be able to take some general education courses at this campus, all other courses, including specialized courses, will be taken online.
*South University does not promise or guarantee employment.
Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements, provided the course meets the standards of the Credit for Transcripted and Non-Transcripted Work policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.
Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. Work from other fields must include any required prerequisite courses in the elective field.
A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.
Courses may be seleted from this list to apply to Area II Foundation Requirements
Acceptance into a South University Criminal Justice program or its completion does not imply or guarantee that a student will be able to obtain employment in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole or related fields. The student should contact the national, state or local agency/institution in which the student intends to gain employment for specific requirements and the application process.
Offered at Austin, Columbia, Montgomery, Online Programs, Richmond, Savannah, Tampa, Virginia Beach, and West Palm Beach.
Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed to give students broad perspectives on the causes of crime and critical insights to the functions of the components of the criminal justice system.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of skills in the areas of theoretical and applied criminal justice as well as in principles and practices to effectively solve a variety of field-based problems.
- Understand the causes of crime and delinquency, the process of adjudicating criminal cases, and the major components of the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrate effective communication and ethical skills as applied to the discipline.
- Develop the techniques to effectively interpret and make use of research methodology and to apply scientific reasoning to the study of crime and justice.
Courses in the program deal with crime, violence, and other forms of deviance and the responses to these problems by police, courts, and corrections; contemporary criminal justice issues; and ethical concerns and research. Students in the criminal justice program have the opportunity to receive preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools as well as to seek entry-level positions in the criminal justice system upon graduation.
Career OutlookStudents in the criminal justice program receive excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools as well as for entry-level careers in the criminal justice system.
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