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Program Details

Gardner-Webb University has created a Criminal Justice bachelor degree completion program, designed for students who have previously earned college credit hours, and are seeking the additional coursework.  Earning a degree in Criminal Justice should give graduates the needed education and experiences to pursue entry-level positions in law enforcement agencies, public and private security organizations and correctional institutions.   

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is comprised of courses designed to prepare students for a sought after career in the field of law enforcement.  The specialized curriculum should introduce students to the concepts required for higher positions at the local, state, and federal levels.  The curriculum also enhances students understandings of the philosophy of law enforcement, the social implications of corrections and appropriate methods for handling criminals in the justice system.

Criminal justice is a sought after career field, and contributes to the safety and protection of society. The multi-faceted program of study will teach students the concepts of law creation, court systems, policing procedures, and correction facilities in addition to the academic curriculum needed for a broad depth and breadth understanding of the discipline.

A foundation in criminal justice will consist of learning the goals associated with enforcing laws, reducing crime, providing security and punishing those who infringe on established rules. The concept of criminal justice is a blend of practices and organizations that carry out the learned goals. The long standing set of goals and ideas of a criminal justice program have originated from previous cultures, religious sects and improved awareness of mental disorders.

Criminology can be used in many aspects of modern society, and is in constant demand for well trained and educated professionals. A strict program of study will introduce students to the fundamentals of law, courts and corrections.  Graduates should be able to apply the learned fundamentals in roles and responsibilities of forensic science, law enforcement, crime scene investigators, detectives, psychology, corrections officers, law, paralegal and more.


Minimum of 48 transferable hours from an accredited college. 2.0 GPA or higher. Program requires the completion of 128 credits, including transfer hours.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges