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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Details

Liberty University has designed the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree in an online format to suit the busy lifestyles of working adults.  The flexible online curriculum gives professional students the opportunity to earn a valuable degree towards educational goals or to advance in future career aspirations.  The bachelors program can solidify an experienced law enforcement officials training or give an interested student the academic and experience to enter the criminal justice field. 

Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program provides students the critical stepping stones in the justice field with a foundation of knowledge and skill to be well prepared careers within related fields of service.  The specialized justice curriculum prepares students to demonstrate and apply the Christian way of learning religious, economic and political liberties, while pursuing the academic background of the criminal justice system. The Helms School of Government currently offers ten residential degree programs where students seeking other concentrations can pursue minors in Government, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Politics and Policy, Western Legal Traditions and Strategic Intelligence Studies. Online students should be advised that not all of the Government School programs may be offered as an online program.  

Graduates of the degree program will develop the oral and written communication skills necessary to advance in professional organizations.  The learned coursework builds on the students previous degrees, leadership and managerial assets to confidently pursue future career opportunities and certifications.  Earning the bachelors degree will give students the vital resources to understand the internal workings of the criminal justice system and proper evaluation of individual types of crime using the constitutional, procedural and organizational methods of the federal criminal justice system.  A Criminal Justice degree will equip graduates to effectively discern the behavioral characteristics that exemplify substantive and procedural criminal law, as well as the relevance between the laws.  Graduates will demonstrate the learned methods of identifying the constitutional, procedural, and organizational differences of the federal criminal justice and representative systems.

The flexible and unique online format delivers courses through a virtual classroom within an inpidual students time frame, and all coursework will be submitted online to instructors.  The 120-credit-hour degree program is comprised of 45 general education courses covering topics in sciences, math, English, humanities, communications and the arts.  The core criminal justice curriculum is 45 credit hours and delves into administration, casework, corrections, counseling, juvenile justice, probation & parole, social services and victim advocacy.  The remaining 30 credit hours are reserved for a students interdisciplinary choice of electives from various other concentrations.  Liberty University offers course credit for life experiences to inpidual students, with previous law enforcement work experience who can document successful completion from an accredited police academy may be eligible to apply credit hours toward the Criminal Justice degree.  In addition, Liberty University is a military friendly institution and recognizes some forms of military experience as eligible college credit.  

For students with a specific educational goal, the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offers seven concentrations: Business Administration and Management, Criminal Psychology, Forensics, Homeland Security, Public Administration, Strategic Intelligence and Youth Corrections.  The specialized curriculum will differ in core coursework, and place a emphasis on the inpidual students focus, while teaching the general Criminal Justice program.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program will give graduates the competitive advantage in current or future career endeavors.  The opportunities for entry-level job placement are attainable with the formal education and academic background from Liberty University.

Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.


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