Program Overview

When students are accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program at Bethel University, they receive a laptop or tablet computer to assist in their studies. Students keep this laptop or tablet computer upon successful graduation of the program, in order to use in their future career endeavors. All textbooks are also included in the price of tuition. This program begins every five weeks, and may be completed in a minimum of 18 months, depending on transfer credit and other portfolio documentation.

The majority of participants in this program are working professionals with familial and career responsibilities. Therefore, coursework and classes in the criminal justice program may be accessed at any point during the day or night, in order to convenience a variety of students. Some projects may even involve an individual’s current or past work experience.

The majority of courses involve three credit hours each. Up to 80 credit hours may be transferred into this program from previous institutions. However, not all previously earned credits may be transferrable. Students should consult an advisor at Bethel University before attempting credit transfer. CLEP, DSST, military training, and workforce experience may also be converted into credit hours. Some of the courses involved in the criminal justice program include Planning for Emergency and Disaster Management, Management of Terrorist Incidents, and Forensic Science.

Instruction students receive will include topics such as safety personnel preparation, disaster response, criminal procedures, trace evidence, forensic microscopy, terrorist response practices, and public policy overview. These courses are designed to give students a general foundation in criminal justice topics.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1871, John Alexis Edgren began Baptist Union Theological Seminary in Chicago to prepare pastors for the ministry of Swedish Baptist immigrants. After the turn of the century, the school relocated to St. Paul and expanded to offer four-year degrees, becoming Bethel College and Seminary. As the school progressed forward, new programs and campus locations were established. In 2004, the school transitioned into Bethel University. Today, retaining its Christian-based vision, the private, not-for-profit Bethel University main campus is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional facilities at San Diego and along the East Coast.

    Bethel University supports goals of adult students seeking associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs. In order to accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, accelerated programs are offered online, in the evenings, or on weekends. The Graduate School at Bethel University awards master’s and doctorate degrees, along with certificate and license programs. Students progress through accelerated formats that incorporate faith values. Classes are taught in the evenings and/or on weekends in addition to other campus locations and online. 


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