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BS in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice

Regent University's Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program with a concentration in Criminal Justice is especially suited for students who wish to learn more about law enforcement while developing crucial workplace skills. Read on to find out more.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Candidates for this bachelor's degree program should have a strong sense of justice and an interest in the methods and agencies employed in its administration. They might also be seeking a program that allows them to master the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in any role in the workplace. Applicants to Regent University's undergraduate programs should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice degree program is geared towards preparing its graduates for positions in law enforcement. For the professionally-minded student, the program's core curriculum includes coursework that provides an opportunity to develop valuable skills and experience in areas one may encounter in any work-related context, such as business writing and communication, organizational structure, information systems, team leadership, and ethics. With courses offered on-campus or online, this program also offers students the flexibility to select the criminal justice coursework that is most relevant to their intended career path, with course options in criminology, investigation and procedure, corrections, homeland security, juvenile justice, and law, among others. This bachelor's degree program is rounded out with a selection of general education courses that are designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience across many disciplines, presented with a Christian perspective.

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 Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a Concentration in Criminal Justice

This bachelor's degree may be conferred after completing 120 credit hours of required coursework and electives. This includes 49 credit hours of general education courses and 26 credit hours of general electives. The professional studies curriculum contains 24 credit hours, with 21 more credit hours allotted to criminal justice-related 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 (49 credits)

  • The Making of the Christian Mind
  • The Making of a Christian Leader
  • Introduction to Bible
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Introduction to Christian History & Thought
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • 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
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Introduction to Biology with Laboratory
    • General Biology I
    • Origins of the Cosmos
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • U.S. History I (to 1877)
    • U.S. History II (from 1877)
  • Microeconomics
  • Students 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

Professional Studies Major Courses (24 credits)

  • Business Leadership and Communication
  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Survey of Leadership
  • Leading Teams
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Principles of Management
  • Ethics

Criminal Justice Concentration Courses (21 credits)

  • Students choose 9 credits of any 100- to 400-level criminal justice courses
  • Students choose 12 credits of any 300- to 400-level criminal justice courses

Elective Courses (26 credits)

  • Students choose 26 credits of general elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Upon completing this bachelor's degree program, students might be prepared to continue their studies in a graduate degree or certificate program. A graduate degree or certificate could provide an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of criminal justice or specialize in a certain role, which may allow for career advancement.

Some program options to consider might include:

  • Master of Arts in National Security Studies
  • Master of Arts in Human Services - Criminal Justice & Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Law - Criminal Justice

Career Paths:

The BA in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice program is designed to equip its graduates with a range of workplace skills to complement their knowledge of criminal justice processes, agencies and regulations. As such, those who earn this degree could pursue a variety of roles that suit their career interests, including opportunities like the following:

  • Investigator
  • Forensic specialist
  • Probation or corrections officer
  • Security guard
  • Immigration or customs officer

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