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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program at Southeastern University allows students to pursue various careers in criminal justice as well as advanced degrees such as those in law. In light of SU’s Christian-centered teachings, the program emphasizes the importance of aiding prisoners and others involved in the criminal justice system though ethical leadership and management or counseling. The ethical groundings involved in the general education as well as the major program will give students vital skills and knowledge needed for a career and general lifestyle that is Christ-centered.
Students begin their studies with a liberal-arts education that is Christ-centered. They will learn about Christian values including God and the responsibilities humans face as stewards in God’s world. The Criminal Justice major will teach the three main branches of the American system: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. The courses teach about the various elements of the criminal justice system and their relationship to one another. Students will explore discipline foundations and other sociology areas as well as special topics. Criminological theories and an exploration into the cause of crime will also be presented in the program along with techniques in conducting criminological research and how to interpret its results.
Students have the option to select elective courses or complete a minor program in a related discipline such as social services, pre-law, business, and psychology. These extra courses can help students focus on a certain area that is related to their career goals and/or specific interests (such as pre-law courses preparing students for law school). Students with a degree in criminal justice have the capability to pursue a number of careers including a police or corrections officer, customs inspector, crime scene technician, or counselor in a correctional facility. Individuals may also pursue advanced degrees which can expand their employment potential or allow them to specialize in a specific area.
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