Be the Frontline of Defense with Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Degree
Our country needs people like you during times of crisis. You have a sense of duty and dedication to the nation and are ready to work hard for its defense. Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security will prepare you to respond on the frontline of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Throughout this degree program, you’ll gain the ability to prepare your community, state, and the nation for critical incidents and look for ways to facilitate interagency cooperation.
Our professors have held leadership positions in homeland security agencies. Through hands-on activities, you will gain a practical understanding of terrorism, incident command, and infrastructure protection. The knowledge of interagency workings and the coordination of resources will help you in cases where a large disaster or terrorist attack has taken place and you have to coordinate across multiple agencies.
Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security?
Our professors use their experience in the field to teach you practical skills and knowledge that will be invaluable to your career. Besides the activities you participate in with your classmates, there are also many opportunities to intern in homeland security or related agencies. We have a variety of connections that come from being one of the largest residential Christian colleges in the nation.
With opportunities like our Washington Fellowships, you can gain hands-on experience through internships with organizations like Homeland Security and other federal state and local agencies. Benefit from membership in Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society. Gain opportunities for scholarship and career advancement as you connect with the criminal justice arena. Our Criminal Justice Club also hosts many events and offers opportunities for you to network and advance in a criminal justice career.
What Will You Learn in Our B.S. in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Degree Program?
In our B.S. in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security degree, you will learn how to plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters. We will teach you how to coordinate staff and budgets from multiple agencies when responding to a critical incident. Since your effectiveness in your position requires you to plan ahead and not just react to disaster, you will learn the different phases of a disaster so that you are prepared to respond appropriately.
Understanding what agencies you need to coordinate with and what resources are available to respond to terrorist attacks, natural or manmade disasters will also be a key part of your studies. On the subject of terrorism, you will learn what causes it, and how to react to it and how to stop it from happening in the first place.
Download and review our B.S. in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Degree Completion Plan.
CJUS 300 – Administration of Justice Organizations
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the theoretical and practical management perspectives embraced by the American criminal justice system. This will include nature of criminal justice organizations, individual and group behavior within those organizations, processes inherent in those organizations, and areas of criminal justice reform from a Christian perspective.
CJUS 380 – Introduction to Homeland Security
- An introduction to the public and private sector dimension of the broad range theoretical and practical aspects of homeland security and emergency management
- National and association standards found in agencies and documents such as Presidential Directives, NFPA 1600, IAEM, and IACP will be examined.
CJUS 381 – Incident Command System
An introduction to the basic tasks of emergency preparedness and disaster mitigation, including planning, response, and recovery. Special emphasis will be placed on command arrangements, coordination, and budgetary issues among emergency responders (law enforcement, firefighters, transportation, public works, and health care system officials), and within and between federal, state, and local governments.
GOVT 480 – Terrorism
A cross-disciplinary study of terrorism as a form of organized political violence; its intellectual, cultural, political, and religious roots; and its uses in ethnic, sectarian, and international conflicts.
Highlights of Our Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree Program
- We were awarded an Illuminate Grant for Justice Project DNA testing equipment and training, allowing 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 in 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
- 120 total credit hours
- You may Transfer in up to 75% of your total degree.
- This bachelor’s degree program falls under our Helms School of Government.
- View our bachelor’s in criminal justice – homeland security Degree Completion Plan.
- Find more information about our bachelor’s degree in criminal justice program in our course catalog.
Career Opportunities for Our B.S. in Criminal Justice Graduates
- Emergency management specialist
- Homeland security analyst
- Industrial security specialist
- Security specialist
- Transportation security officer
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)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission through Fall 2022 acceptance)
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.