Program Overview

Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree with the concentration on Homeland Security from Brandman University. The flexible learning format enables students to gain the needed higher education to continue careers, to enter the competitive job market or as the foundation for additional educational pursuits at a Masters level. Students can also choose to specialize their education in five areas of concentration: Corrections, Leadership, Forensics or Victim Advocacy.

Students entering a Criminal Justice program after the events of 9/11 have the increased awareness of how critical a hHomeland Security program can be in times of emergency. Students in the homeland security concentration may be introduced to the various settings and strategic situations that require skilled first-responders. In the event of an act of terrorism or a natural disaster, well-trained individuals should be able to provide medical assistance, policing, emergency communication, and agricultural sustainability. The specialized curriculum is designed to supplement the core criminal justice bachelor’s curriculum as well as serve as the needed higher education to excel in current careers.

The criminal justice education is a sought after career field by many professionals, and contributes to the safety and protection of a society in times of peace and in times of need. The multi-faceted program of study may introduce students to concepts of law creation, court systems, policing procedures, and correction facilities in addition to the academic curriculum needed to understand the homeland security discipline.

This program of study should introduce students to the fundamentals of law, administration, courts, society, constitutional rights and the corrections processes. Graduates may have the opportunity to display the needed professionalism when assessing domestic and international security issues. The acts of terrorism are not limited to physical catastrophes, but can also include computer infrastructure breaches, intelligence and confidential information espionage. The role of the graduate will be to lead, manage, and develop others in the prevention, planning, and execution of protective abilities.

Upon successful completion of the required 120 credits, potential graduates should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice field during the final capstone course at the culmination of the program. Successful students should also be able to use the learned concepts to examine criminal behaviors in dynamic social settings.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Students must have completed 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent for admission to Brandman University.

    School Overview

    Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution that is a part of the Chapman University System. Founded in 1861, Chapman University is one of California’s oldest, most prestigious private universities and is located in Orange, California. Its overall mission is “to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers.”  Steeped in academic tradition, this university offers quality education consistent with the needs of a new kind of student: one who demands the same high academic standards as a traditional university but whose life requires greater flexibility and real-world relevance in the curriculum.  With undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in Business, Arts and Sciences, Health, Education, and professional development, Brandman offers numerous fully-online programs to provide added flexibility for its students.


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