The criminal justice system is a crucial component of all levels of government. By earning a degree in Criminal Justice from the Helms School of Government, you will gain a firm understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of the field. Helms School students perform many activities in conjunction with local and national law enforcement and homeland security agencies. Our graduates are frequently hired by these agencies.
Since our programs are both residential and online, we can help you whether you are just starting your college studies, or you are seeking to advance or change your career.
Get a foundational understanding of the history, philosophy, and practical issues that impact the U.S. criminal justice system in local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Enhance your career with a Certificate in Criminal Justice. Courses in Corrections, Criminology, and the Judicial Process will give you a greater understanding of this exciting field.
Learn to apply best practices and trends in criminal justice by mastering your written and verbal communication skills. Become a leader or manager in the criminal justice field.
Prepare for senior leadership roles in criminal justice organizations at all levels of government. Learn how to assess and improve government and law enforcement organizations while mastering techniques in teaching and leadership.
Advance in your career with a Certificate in Criminal Justice (Graduate). Our graduate-level courses will help to add communication and leadership skills to your resume.
Get a wide range of specialization options with your B.S. in Criminal Justice degree.
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Connect with law enforcement from local, state, and federal organizations through our active Criminal Justice Club.
The Criminal Justice Honors Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, will also help you further your criminal justice education experience.
Get real-world, project-based courses and prepare for your career through our many Criminal Justice degree options.
We have internship programs in Washington, D.C. and New York City
Many of our students take federal, state, and local law enforcement positions each year
Liberty hosts two law enforcement job fairs per year bringing in 25+ agencies to each fair
Specializing in the areas of criminal justice, juvenile justice, criminology, and more, Dr. Cox has a passion for public safety leadership. With extensive state and local police experience, Dr. Cox has worked as a Virginia State Trooper, local sheriff deputy, and officer with the 43rd largest city law enforcement agency in America.
Dr. Cox has worked assignments in patrol, undercover operations, community policing, property crimes, robbery, and homicide as an officer/detective.
Professor Presley has years of experience in the Criminal Justice field including a 21-year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Professor Presley received an FBI commendation for his contribution to the successful investigation and prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He then became the first chief of the Laboratory Division Quality Assurance Unit and was part of the FBI Laboratory’s first accreditation team. His final posting for the FBI was as the Supervisory Special Agent in the Laboratory Division Training Unit at Quantico, Va.
Examine theories regarding the nature and cause of criminal behavior and society’s response. This course approaches crime from a philosophical, psychological, and sociological perspective. Most importantly, it seeks to integrate a theological perspective to crime and punishment.
Get an overview of the legal elements that apply to criminal law, procedure, and evidence. Learn about proof, intent, conspiracy, classifications of crimes and related punishments, culpable mental states, defenses, and rules of evidence (including the exclusionary rule). And study the rights and procedures in the gathering of evidence.
Study the constitutional provisions and Supreme Court decisions affecting law enforcement procedure. This course also investigates civil liability for acts of law enforcement personnel.
Get an in-depth study of the juvenile justice system in the United States, and learn the general principles of juvenile delinquency. Get an overview of the juvenile criminal justice system, theories of delinquency, and other issues dealing with juveniles in the justice system.
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