Our Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Available:
Undergraduate Program
Online Program

Next Start Date: 
January 10, 2022 (All Programs)

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is the standard for advancement in law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, emergency management and related areas. Many 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. 

Students in the General Track pursue careers in law enforcement, probation, and parole, corrections, or other areas not related to crime scene investigation or forensic science. The Forensic Track gives students an edge for careers in the forensic sciences, either in the laboratory or 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.

Highlights

FBI Academy Alliance Partner – 1 of 16 schools in the U.S. 

The FBINAA's Academic Alliances is a program designed to offer NAA (National Academy Associates) 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 RANKINGS:

#4 in the nation in 2019 by BestColleges
#6 in the nation in 2019 by Successful Student

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

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:

  • Attorney
  • Police Officer
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • IRS Criminal Investigation
  • Special Agent
  • U.S. DHS Agricultural Specialist
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Special Agent
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Customs Agent
  • Airport Security

Criminal Justice Areas of Study

The Criminal Justice degree course requirements are identical for undergraduate and evening program students. Learn about the classes we offer and areas you can focus on when you study Criminal Justice.

For students wishing to pursue a career in the Forensic Laboratory or in Crime Scene Investigation, there are three required courses for the Forensic Track: DNA, Toxicology, and the FBI Fingerprint Recognition and Comparison course. 

Major Course Requirements

  • Criminal Justice, B.A. (Undergraduate & Online Program)
    • General Concentration
      Dive into materials on terrorism, homeland security, and emergency and disaster management.
    • Forensic Concentration
      Take courses on forensic toxicology, forensic DNA, FBI fingerprinting, and crime scene investigation. 

Minor Course Requirements

Certificate Course Requirements