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BS in Criminal Justice

Those who aspire to begin a career in law enforcement or security can build a solid foundation of knowledge of criminal justice theories and applicable skills through Regent University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. Read on to learn more.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:

Bachelor

Program Prerequisites:

The BS in Criminal Justice is especially geared towards students who are interested in studying multiple aspects of law enforcement and criminology through a Christian perspective. Applicants to Regent University's undergraduate programs should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice that may be completed online or on campus. This degree program is designed to expose students to a comprehensive curriculum in criminal justice topics, including criminology, law enforcement, investigation methods, ethics, and technology. As a compliment to the criminal justice core curriculum, which includes coursework in criminal justice theory, research, and applicable laws, students of this degree program will have the opportunity to concentrate their degree in one of three subjects: Corrections, Homeland Security, and Law Enforcement. This degree program ends with the completion of a capstone course that affords students an opportunity to design a project and generate their own research which is presented at a final seminar.

Learning Format:

Online and on campus

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

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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Coursework for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

This BS in Criminal Justice degree program requires 120 total credit hours for completion. At least 49 credit hours are general education courses, while 48 credit hours are allocated to the criminal justice core curriculum, major electives and concentration courses. Finally, students may choose 23 credit hours of general electives to round out their studies. 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 (49 credits)

  • The Making of the Christian Mind
  • The Making of a Christian Leader
  • Introduction to Bible
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Introduction to Christian History & Thought
  • Public Speaking (on-campus students only)
  • Regent Foundations of Success (online students only)
  • English Composition
  • Research and Academic Writing
  • The True, the Good & the Beautiful
  • Literature of the Western World
  • Art and Culture
  • Statistics
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Introduction to Biology with Laboratory
    • General Biology I
    • Origins of the Cosmos
  • Choose one of the following:
    • U.S. History I (to 1877)
    • U.S. History II (from 1877)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Introduction to Economics
    • Microeconomics
  • Choose one of the following:
    • World Geography
    • Western Civilization I
    • Western Civilization II
    • World History I
    • World History II
    • Introduction to Spanish I
    • Introduction to Spanish II
    • Intermediate Spanish I
    • Intermediate Spanish II

Criminal Justice Major Courses (30 credits)

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Theories of Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Research in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Students choose 6 credits of criminal justice elective courses

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following concentration areas:
    • Corrections
    • Homeland Security
    • Law Enforcement

Elective Courses (23 credits)

  • Students choose 23 credits of general elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Graduates of the BS in Criminal Justice degree program might be interested in advancing their studies and pursuing a master's degree in the field. This may prepare the student for an executive-level career in law enforcement or a position in research or education. Interested graduates might consider one of the following degrees as an option:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminology
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Master of Arts in National Security Studies
  • Master of Arts in Human Services, concentration in Criminal Justice & Ministry

Career Paths:

This degree program is designed to prepare the successful graduate for an entry-level career in law enforcement, security or the criminal justice system - at the local, state or federal levels. Graduates might wish to seek a position in which they may assist with court proceedings, criminal investigations, community disaster preparation, and other tasks relating to keeping the peace. Some positions to consider may include:

  • Bailiff
  • Customs agent
  • Detective
  • Homeland Security official
  • Police officer
  • Probation officer

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