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Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Prepare for a Successful Career in Criminal Justice

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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.

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Criminal Justice Degrees

Certificate in Criminal Justice (Undergraduate)

A.A. in Criminal Justice

B.S. in Criminal Justice

Minor in Criminal Justice

Minor in Homeland Security

Certificate in Criminal Justice (Graduate)

M.S. in Criminal Justice

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

Customize Your Degree

Get a wide range of specialization options with your B.S. in Criminal Justice degree.

Choose from cognates like:

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Homeland Security
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Public Administration
  • And more

Gain Experience

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.

Career Preparation

Get real-world, project-based courses and prepare for your career through our many Criminal Justice degree options.


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Faculty Spotlight

Department Chair for Criminal Justice

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.

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

Criminal Law

Constitutional Criminal Procedure

Juvenile Justice