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Saint Leo University

BA in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security specialization at Saint Leo University offers students the chance to learn how to detect and counteract threats to the nation. Learn more about Saint Leo University's criminal justice program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students who are thinking about applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security program at Saint Leo University should have an interest in international politics and law enforcement. All applicants to Saint Leo University need a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Saint Leo University's Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program with a Homeland Security specialization is intended to make students experts at detecting and thwarting potential threats to the country. Students might learn about weapons of mass destruction, the ways religion can influence terrorism, and Middle Eastern politics. And, because the internet is vulnerable, students might receive instruction in protecting cyberspace. Hands-on learning plays a big role in this program, too - students have the opportunity to participate in mock courtroom procedures and analyze evidence in a laboratory. Students can also choose to complete a field placement to gain criminal justice work experience.

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 Saint Leo University's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security:

Students can complete the 120 requisite credit hours for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security program in as little as four years. Students are asked to complete 42 credits in general education courses, 24 credits in the criminal justice core curriculum, and 18 credits in the Homeland Security specialization. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

University Requirement for On-Campus Students (4 credits)

  • First Year Experience
  • Choosing Wellness

University Exploration General Education Requirements (42 credits)

  • Academic Writing I
  • Academic Writing II
  • College Mathematics
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Students choose two of the following:
    • Economics for Life
    • Immigration: The Changing Face of America
    • Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times
    • Psychological Well Being: How to be Sane in an Insane World
    • The McDonaldization of Society
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Curves Ahead: Women Artists and the Female Form
    • Native American History & Life: More Than Tipis & Tomahawks
    • Once Upon a Time: Readings in Folklore and Culture
    • Building a Multiracial Society
    • Feeding the Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century
  • Students choose two of the following:
    • Evaluating the Predictions of Global Warming
    • Is Evolution True? Your Inner Fish
    • Human Ecology
    • Energy and Its Impact on Global Society
    • Science in Science Fiction
  • Students choose two of the following:
    • Living the Theatre: Dramatic Skills for all Disciplines
    • Giants of the Arts
    • Spirituals to Rock and Roll: The Story of How American Popular Music Conquered the World
    • Love and Desire in Literature
    • Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature
    • On the Proverbial Road: Journeys of Transformation in Narrative
    • Writing Wild: Exploring the Four Genres
    • Making Sense of the Sound: The Art of Listening Well to Great Music
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Encountering the Real: Faith and Philosophical Enquiry
    • Thinking and Doing Ethics
  • Students choose two of the following:
    • The Emergence of Christianity: Examination of Foundational Christian Texts
    • Christian Spiritual Vision
    • Many are Called, but Who is Chosen? Christian Understandings of Salvation
    • World Religions: East and West

Required Courses (24 credits)

  • Introduction to Law and the Legal System
  • Survey of the Criminal Justice System
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Law of Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Police Organization and Administration
  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Specialization Courses (18 credits)

  • Introduction to Homeland Defense
  • Modern Middle-East
  • Terrorism
  • Legal Issues in Counter-Terrorism
  • Exploitable Weaknesses in Terrorist Organizations
  • Local Response to Terrorism

Elective Curriculum (Credits vary)

  • Students take electives to fulfill the remaining 120-credit requirement

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

For students who want to continue their education in criminal justice, a master's degree is the next logical step. Completing a master's degree program may give students more career options. These degrees are all possibilities for graduates:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Behavioral Studies
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management
  • Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management

Career Paths:

Saint Leo University designed the training received through courses in emergency preparedness, threat analysis, and disaster management, among others, to translate into a variety of careers in the field. Some of these include:

  • Border patrol officer
  • Military support specialist
  • FEMA worker
  • Immigration enforcement agent