Program Overview

Criminal justice and law enforcement agencies actively encourage officers and staff to pursue higher education degrees and actively seek to hire new associates who have advanced degrees.  Members with a college education have expertise in criminal justice, advanced training and prestige in their field. Law enforcement agencies seek officers, special agents, sheriffs, and other members of local and state law enforcement with these degrees to perform the administrative and expert tasks that educated inpiduals can perform. In addition, federal organizations like the FBI seek inpiduals with a strong educational and experience background almost exclusively, especially as demands for homeland security continue to grow.

As part of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program at Saint Louis University is an online option for developing as a professional in the field of criminal justice and related studies. The online program is intended for working adults interested in security management but are either unable or unwilling to meet the rigors of a traditional class schedule. Online classrooms and curriculum have the advantage of allowing students to take classes from home, at any time, allowing students to complete their education without sacrificing their work schedule or personal life in order to do so. Through the program, students can concentrate their education in criminal justice, security management, and security management technology. 

Through the program, students will become proficient in the subject of criminal justice and security with a curriculum including principles of security, crime prevention, and asset protection, theories of crime, constitutional criminal procedures & issues, criminal law & evidence, criminal investigations, security administration. Through the specialization in criminal justice, students will take courses in juvenile justice systems, sociology of law, corrections, deviance & social control, and justice administration.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview

    Saint Louis University is a private, not-for-profit, co-educational Jesuit university located in St. Louis, Missouri that was founded in 1818. Originally, the school was called the Saint Louis Academy, the first students attended school in a private home, located along the Mississippi River. By 1889, the campus relocated to its permanent home, first constructing DuBourg Hall. Though the college continued to evolve, adding to the physical campus and expanding curriculums, SLU retains its Catholic, Jesuit heritage.

    The university offers about 100 undergraduate programs and more than 70 graduate programs. The school’s academic programs are divided into the following colleges:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • College of Philosophy & Letters
    • John Cook School of Business
    • Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
    • School of Social Work
    • College of Education and Public Service
    • The Graduate School
    • School of Law
    • School of Professional Studies
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Nursing
    • Doisy College of Health Sciences

    For added convenience for working professionals and non-traditional students, Saint Louis University supports a distance education campus, offering online bachelor’s degrees, minor and certificate programs, and master’s programs. Students may also enroll in individual online classes through the SLU School for Professional Studies.


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