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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

A Degree That Serves You and the Community

This program is offered on Campus and Online.

You strive to be honorable and fair in every aspect of your life. You value the integrity of the law and are committed to leading by example. With a criminal justice degree from Post University, you can be prepared for criminal justice jobs in the Federal Marshals Office; FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Department of Homeland Security; or IRS. You may also seek employment or career advancement as a U.S. Postal Police officer, courtroom security officer, corporate security officer, or state/federal corrections employee. Many of our graduates go on to pursue their master’s or law degree at Post University to advance their criminal justice career.

Turn your commitment to justice into a career. Contact us to enroll in Post University’s on-campus or online criminal justice degree program today.

As a student in this program, you will develop skills in report writing, finger-printing, and crime scene documentation. You will gain wellounded knowledge in the areas of law enforcement, forensic science, corporate security, criminal investigation, and corrections, including probation, parole, and imprisonment. Through in-class discussions and off-site learning opportunities, you will:

  • Examine the structure of the American criminal justice system and branches of government, their functions and how they interrelate with juvenile and adult proceedings
  • Analyze and apply the U.S. Constitution to contemporary issues in criminal justice
  • Assess theories relating to the causation of crime and criminal activity and identify the categories of crimes, penalties and their defenses
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and professional responsibility
  • Develop and demonstrate effective communication on a college level to write and articulate criminal justice principles in the field

Though not required, we encourage and aid you in your search for internships that will grant you hands-on access to work in the field. Our students have found opportunities with the FBI, local and municipal police departments, forensic labs, courthouses, and nonprofits that serve as diversionary programs through court support services.

At Post University, we understand you have responsibilities you can’t put on hold while you attend school — and you don’t have to. We offer 100 percent online courses to fit your schedule, or you can take classes at our Waterbury, Connecticut.

Unlike other online criminal justice schools, though you will study in an interactive environment, you will never be alone. As soon as you enroll, you will receive one-on-one support from our experienced faculty and a dedicated academic advisor. They can answer your questions and help you tailor your degree to your career goals with one of our unique concentrations in growing areas of the criminal justice field.

 

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Normal Time for Completion: 48 Months
This program is offered on Main Campus, online, evenings, and weekends.

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program develop skills in report writing, fingerprinting, and crime scene investigation. Students will gain well-rounded knowledge in the areas of law enforcement, forensic science, corporate security, courts and corrections. Students are encouraged to seek out internships that will grant them hands-on access to work in corrections, the court system and local, state, and federal law enforcement. Graduates are prepared for a variety of career options at the federal, state and local levels of law enforcement, court systems, and corrections. Graduates completing the program will be prepared to secure employment in the Federal Marshall’s office, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Department of Homeland Security, or the IRS. Graduates also may pursue careers in security, corrections, and the court system.

Programs Outcomes

  • Students will examine the structure of the American Criminal Justice System, including, but not limited to identifying and demonstrating an understanding of the branches of government, their functions and how they interrelate with juvenile and adult proceedings
  • Students will be able to describe the nature of criminal law and its derivative in Common Law, analyze and apply the U.S. Constitution to contemporary issues in criminal justice
  • Students will be able to assess theories relating to the causation of crime and criminal activity and identify the categories of crimes, penalties and their defenses
  • Students will develop and demonstrate leadership in analyzing vital issues of concern within their field
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the foundations of American criminal law and demonstrate how they translate to modern day criminal law
  • Students will be able to distinguish and identify discretion in the context of a criminal justice professional and demonstrate an understanding of ethical and professional responsibility
  • Students will develop and demonstrate effective communication on a college level to write and articulate criminal justice principles in the field
  • Students will be able to explain the role and function of law enforcement, including municipal police, the county sheriff, local agencies, state and federal law enforcement, public and private security industry
  • Students will be able to understand the purpose and function of probation, parole and imprisonment
  • Students will be able to identify, analyze, and apply research-based techniques to complex issues facing criminal justice practitioners
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354B.S. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE TOTAL CREDITS120 crsh
355
356GENERAL EDUCATION60 crsh
357COMMON CORE12 crss
358ENG110 College Writing3 crs
359ENG130 Literature and Composition3 crs
360COM107 Introduction to Communication3 crs
361CIS112 Introduction to Computing3 crs
362LIBERAL ARTS24 crss
363History Elective3 crs

The University reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The University will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.

For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.

Criminal Justice Concentrations

 

Law Enforcement
This concentration provides an introduction to the core areas of law enforcement, including juvenile justice, police administration and management, and white collar crime.
Legal Studies
Students in this concentration will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of law through an analysis of the role and function of the American legal system. Graduates will have the knowledge needed to pursue careers in areas like court reporting or paralegal … or, potentially, apply to law school.
Emergency Management & Homeland Security
In this concentration, you will study the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. You will also gain a historical awareness of terrorism, particularly within the United States and its interests abroad, and an understanding of ongoing efforts to secure the homeland.
Correctional Counseling
This concentration is a combination of disciplines: Coursework gives equal focus to criminal justice, sociology and human services and how they integrate with the correctional field.
Corrections
This concentration focuses on the theories, history, functions and management of correctional institutions and communities along with prisoners’ rights with the impact of these practices on the criminal justice system.

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