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Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Prepare for a Successful Career in Criminal Justice


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.


Criminal Justice Degrees

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice

    Prepare for a specialized career in criminal justice. With this two-year degree, you’ll gain an understanding of criminal law as well as the nature of crime and how it relates to a biblical worldview.

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice 

    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.

  • Criminal Justice Minor 

    Add a Criminal Justice Minor to your major. Enhance your career with an increased understanding of the criminal justice field. 

  • Certificate in Criminal Justice (Undergraduate)

    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. 

  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

    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.

    • Criminal Justice - Online
    • Forensic Psychology - Online
    • Homeland Security - Online
    • Public Administration - Online
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

    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.

  • Certificate in Criminal Justice (Graduate)

    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. 



Did You Know?

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 



Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Joel Cox

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice/Government

Dr. Joel Cox

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.

Lawrence Presley

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Professor Lawrence Presley

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.


Courses You Could Take

  • Criminology

    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. 

  • Criminal Law

    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.

  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure

    Study the constitutional provisions and Supreme Court decisions affecting law enforcement procedure. This course also investigates civil liability for acts of law enforcement personnel. 

  • Juvenile Justice

    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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