Our Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Undergraduate Program
Online Program

Next Start Date: 
October 17 & January 9

Opportunities in criminal justice are growing rapidly, and higher education is the key to achieving more significant earning potential and command-level positions.

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is customary for advancement in law enforcement, corrections, and courts. Many law enforcement jurisdictions require a bachelor’s degree as entry-level into the profession.

The B.A. in C.J. gives the student a well-rounded background for diverse careers in criminal justice at the local, state, and federal levels. Our program provides an understanding of the components of criminal justice, constitutional limitations, theoretical approaches, and critical thinking skills warranted to address diversity in an ever-changing environment. Lastly, our program prepares you to be a leader in administration and the necessary research skills for graduate school.

Professors provide student-centric learning and a hands-on approach as they advise you and guide you through this academic journey.

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  

Students in the criminal justice program pursue careers will be able to pursue several Criminal Justice positions, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Airport Security
  • Attorney (upon further education)
  • Correctional Officer
  • Customs Agent
  • Criminal Profiler
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Crime Scene Technician
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • IRS Criminal Investigation
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Private Security
  • Probation or Parole Officer
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Special Agent
  • U.S. DHS Agricultural Specialist
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Special Agent
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Victim Advocate

The Forensic Track gives students an edge for careers in the forensic sciences, either in the laboratory or in crime scene investigation.

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