Our Criminal Justice Program
Available: Women's College & Co-ed Online Undergraduate
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is the standard for advancement in law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, emergency management and related areas. Most law enforcement jurisdictions require a bachelor’s degree as entry level into the profession. The BA in CJ gives the student a well-rounded background for many careers in law enforcement or criminal justice. The Forensic Track gives students an edge when looking for careers in the forensic sciences either in the laboratory or in crime scene investigation.
Opportunities in public service and law enforcement are growing rapidly, and higher education is the key to achieving greater earning potential and command level positions.
Students in this track, pursue careers in law enforcement, probation, pardon and parole, US Marshal Service, Corrections or other areas not related to crime scene investigation or forensic science.
Students wishing to pursue a career in the Forensic Laboratory or in Crime Scene Investigation, should take the forensic track. There are three required courses for the forensic track: DNA, Toxicology and the FBI Fingerprint Recognition and Comparison course.
FBI Academy Alliance Partner – 1 of 16 schools in the U.S.
The FBI National The FBINAA's Academic Alliances is program designed to offer NAA members the opportunity to further their education in a manner that is affordable, and convenient. All the schools that are a part of this program are either nationally and/or regionally accredited universities offering degree programs that would interest and benefit law enforcement executives.
Our Forensic Program is also ranked:
- #4 in the nation in 2019 by BestColleges.com
- #6 in the nation in 2019 by SuccessfulStudents.org
Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location.
Police and Detectives
Median Pay 2018: $43,380 in SC
Job Outlook 2018-2018: Projecting 5% growth
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is the standard for advancement in law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, emergency management and related areas. With this degree, you will be able to pursue a number of Criminal Justice positions including:
- Forensic Investigator
- Correctional Officer
- Bureau of Protective Services
- Customs Agent
- Homeland Security
- Airport Security
Harry Cooper, Senior Lecturer of Business and Criminal Justice
B.S., J.D., University of South Carolina.
D’Michelle DuPre, Senior Lecturer of Criminal Justice
B.A., University of South Carolina; M.D., Ross University School of Medicine.