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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

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.

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

Department Chair for Criminal Justice

Dr. Amanda Trent

Amanda Trent started her career in corrections at Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office. Major Trent served as a supervisor in the court security/services division, Training Sergeant and Accreditation Manager before leaving the agency as a member of the transition team for the Western Virginia Regional Jail. Major Trent served as the Professional Standards Unit Lieutenant responsible for background investigations, training, accreditation and safety/sanitation as well as all criminal incidents and internal investigations at the facility and served as Captain of the Services Division before being promoted to the Major over the Services Division.

She has been utilized as a training coordinator for the jail basic academy and holds specialty certifications as a defensive tactics, use of force and intermediate weapons instructor and Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association.

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.

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