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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice / Public Administration

Program Details

Liberty University has designed the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree with an emphasis in Public Administration 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 with the emphasis in public administration can solidify an experienced law enforcement officials training or give an interested student the academic and experience to enter the criminal justice field. 

The public administration specialization prepares students for a career in the competitive market of criminal justice by giving students the resources to gain foundational knowledge and skills regarding the application of management and structure of the criminal justice system as it relates to issues effecting the general public. Courses will strengthen your leadership and public management skills as you learn to develop responses and solutions to difficult situations, emphasizing the importance of applying ethics to practices and integrating faith with learning in a professional atmosphere.  The public administration courses will encourage a student's investigative and cognitive abilities, leading to a thorough understanding of the administrative duties responsible for the efficient functioning of an organization.  Students will use the curriculum to apply learned sciences and technologies when creating infrastructure protection plan and analysis of a criminal act.  Earning a criminal justice degree with an emphasis in public administration will develop the professional skills in scientific and analytic practices of law. The experiences gained through specialized courses will prepare graduates to serve communities and future organizations as an integral part of a well trained team of administrators and leaders.  

Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program provides students with 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 individual student's 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 core courses are augmented for the public administration emphasis by replacing four courses with: An Introduction to Public Administration,  Public Financing & Budgeting, Government Regulation of Business and Advanced Public Administration training.  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 individual students with previous law enforcement work experience who can document successful completion from an accredited police academy.  In addition, Liberty University is a military friendly institution and recognizes some forms of military experience as eligible college credit.

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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