Bachelor's Degree In Criminal Justice
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
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Aug 19, 2024
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Learn to Uphold the Law with Integrity and Excellence in Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program

You have a desire to protect your community, and our Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice degree can help prepare you with the knowledge and practical experience you need to succeed in your law enforcement career. Throughout our criminal justice bachelor’s degree program, you can learn from experienced law enforcement officers who are passionate about teaching you the skills you need to serve your community with integrity and excellence. 

Our BS in Criminal Justice program provides you with opportunities to apply what you have learned through realistic simulations, internships with leading police departments, and special programs like Justice Project DNA testing. Partner with us and prepare for a career in criminal justice.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice?

Our criminal justice program is designed to prepare skilled professionals who are prepared to protect and serve in dynamic situations. Our professors have years of experience in law enforcement agencies and understand the nuances of criminological theory. With extensive experience in criminal justice and related fields, your professors are not only experts but ready to partner with you and see you succeed.

At Liberty, our mission is to Train Champions for Christ. Our courses are taught from a biblical worldview, and our professors are dedicated to fostering critical thinking skills and new methods to help you turn your knowledge into wisdom. At Liberty, you can develop as a leader so you are better prepared to impact your community.

BS in Criminal Justice Degree Specializations

Our specializations provide unique insight into various areas of study within the field of criminal justice. Whether you want to pursue strategic intelligence, homeland security, or juvenile justice, our specializations are an exciting way to hone your skills within the field of criminal justice.


Advanced Investigative Studies

Crime Scene Investigation

Homeland Security

Juvenile Justice

Public Administration

Strategic Intelligence Studies

Highlights of Our Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree Program

  • We were awarded an Illuminate Grant for Justice Project DNA testing equipment and training. This allows students under the supervision of professors from our Criminal Justice, School of Law, and Biology departments to research cold cases and assist criminal justice reform advocates in exonerating wrongly convicted individuals.
  • Our bachelor’s in criminal justice degree produces graduates of distinction who have interned with agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, Metropolitan Police Department, and NCIS. Our graduates have gained employment with the U.S. Department of Defense, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), AECOM Defense Services Sector, and the Virginia State Police.
  • You will be taught by professors recognized for their excellence in teaching and who have served with the FBI, the Virginia Beach Police Department, and other distinguished law enforcement agencies.
  • Our program is rooted in the practical application of the theories you learn through simulations within the classroom and internships in the field.

Our Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Information

  • Residential 
  • 120 total credit hours
  • You may transfer in up to 75% of the degree total.
  • This bachelor’s degree program falls under our Helms School of Government.
  • Review and download our bachelor’s in criminal justice Degree Completion Plan.
  • Find more information about our bachelor’s degree in criminal justice program in our course catalog.
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Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.

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What Will You Learn in Our BS in Criminal Justice Degree Program?

In our BS in Criminal Justice degree, you can learn important legal and procedural concepts that are reinforced through hands-on experience. Our professors have worked at the highest levels of government, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House, and are dedicated to preparing you with the knowledge and skills you need to protect your community in the field.

In our criminal justice courses, you can learn theoretical concepts underpinning law enforcement, such as judicial process, criminology, and ethics. You can have the opportunity to synthesize and apply what you have learned in classes like criminal investigation and interrogation. These courses offer real-world simulations supervised by current state troopers and FBI agents.

In our specializations, you can take unique classes that are tailored to your area of study that help fine-tune and foster skills and techniques that are pertinent to your specific degree program.

Download and review the BS in Criminal Justice Degree Completion Plan.

Featured Courses

CJUS 320 – Corrections

CJUS 340 – Criminology

CJUS 405 – Interview and Interrogation

CJUS 420 – Criminal Investigations

Potential Career Opportunities for Our BS in Criminal Justice Graduates

Some of the careers you can pursue as a graduate of our BS in Criminal Justice include:

  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Criminologist
  • Detective
  • Federal Agent serving in the CIA, DEA, FBI, Secret Service, or U.S. Marshals
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Parole officer
  • Police officer
  • Prosecutor’s office investigator