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Criminal Justice (B.S.)

BS in Criminal Justice

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Residential Program

Launch your career with the knowledge and skills you need to enter the criminal justice field. 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. 

At the Helms School of Government, we help students stand out as Christ-centered moral, ethical, and value-driven men and women. Gain the skill sets necessary to excel as a leader in courts, corrections, and policing in all jurisdictions.

Whether you’re pursuing an entry-level position or you’re currently employed and seeking to enhance your career, let us help you become a leader in your field.

Careers You Could Have:

  • Criminologist
  • Customs Service Inspector
  • Detective
  • Federal Agent (various: CIA, DEA, FBI, U.S. Marshals, Secret Service, etc.)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Prosecutor’s Office Investigator
  • Military Service
  • Crime Scene Investigator

Learn How To:

  • Evaluate the nature of the criminal justice system from a biblical worldview
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral formats
  • Demonstrate competence in the discipline of criminal justice
  • Solve various criminal justice dilemmas
  • Evaluate substantive and procedural criminal law from a Constitutional perspective

Academic Information

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Credit Hours

  • 120 credit hours

Courses You'll Take

  • Juvenile Justice (CJUS 310)
  • Corrections (CJUS 320)
  • Judicial Process (CJUS 330)
  • Criminal Law (CJUS 400)
  • Criminal Investigations I (CJUS 420)

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Law enforcement personnel who can document successful completion from an accredited police officer school in their state may earn up to 14 credit hours toward their degree. Military experience may also be evaluated for potential college credit.

Program of Study (DCP)

Where Students Have Interned

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  • U.S. Marshals 
  • NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service)
  • FBI
  • Metropolitan Police Department 
  • U.S. Secret Service 
  • Fairfax County Police Department
  • Alexandria Police Department 
  • US Marshals in Arlington, Va. - NSOTC Intern 

Where Alumni Have Worked

  • AECOM - Defense Services Sector
  • Department of Public Safety - Cobb County, Ga.
  • Virginia State Police 
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  
  • U.S. Department of Defense 
  • Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice 
  • Alaska State Trooper
  • Arlington (VA) County Police
  • Chesterfield (VA) County Police

“The criminal justice program at Liberty matched my passion for justice and serving people. The criminal justice professors truly care for their students. The program provides a unique atmosphere not available at most schools.”

- Brittany Peters Hopkins, Lynchburg Police Department

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