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BAS in Criminal Justice

Regent University's Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Criminal Justice program provides students with the opportunity to learn about processes and practices in various areas of law enforcement, corrections, and investigations. Read on for more information about the curriculum and requirements of this program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

This program is geared toward those who have earned an associate's degree in criminal justice prior to enrolling in this program. Strong problem solving and analytical skills are helpful. Applicants to Regent University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From criminal justice theories to various systems, the BAS in Criminal Justice program at Regent University is designed to expand on topics that might have been addressed in an associate's degree program. Criminal justice courses might address criminal justice administration processes, crime prevention, causes of crime and juvenile delinquency, and criminal justice standards and codes of conduct. Other courses in the curriculum might discuss crime scene investigations, interrogation techniques, surveillance, evidence handling, aspects of the corrections system, and constitutional law. Students holding an AAS degree could transfer credits completed in that 2-year program and complete the BAS program more quickly.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the BAS in Criminal Justice Program:

Students of this bachelor's degree program must complete a total of 60 credits split evenly between general education and major area of study courses. The remaining 60+ credits are taken in general electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (30 credits)

  • The Making of a Christian Mind
  • The Making of a Christian Leader
  • Introduction to the Bible and Hermeneutics
  • English Composition
  • Research and Academic Writing
  • Literature of the Western World
  • Choose one of the following mathematics courses:
    • College Algebra
    • Statistics
  • Choose one of the U.S. History courses:
    • U.S. History I (to 1877)
    • U.S. History II (from 1877)
  • Choose one of the following economics courses:
    • Introduction to Economics
    • Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Earth Science with Lab

Major Courses: Criminal Justice (30 credits)

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Theories of Criminal Justice
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

Electives (60+ credits)

  • General electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the BAS in Criminal Justice program at Regent University who are considering advanced positions in the field, such as prison warden or police chief, might pursue a master's degree. A graduate degree might be a requirement for those seeking these types of leadership positions in criminal justice. Master's degrees that graduates might consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Criminology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Career Paths:

After earning the BAS in Criminal Justice, graduates might possess knowledge they could apply in various criminal justice systems. They might seek work in police departments, government agencies, security companies, private investigation firms, prisons, or detention centers.

Careers graduates could explore include:

  • Police officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Border patrol agent
  • Probation officer

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