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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Serve the Community with a BS in Criminal Justice  

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 bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Post University, you can be prepared for criminal justice careers 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 courtroom security officer, corporate security officer, or state/federal corrections employee*. Some of our graduates go on to pursue a graduate degree to advance their criminal justice careers. 

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. 

Program Highlights

As a student in our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you can develop skills in report writing, fingerprinting, and crime scene documentation. You can gain well-rounded knowledge in the areas of law enforcement, forensics, corporate security, criminal investigation, and corrections, including probation, parole, and imprisonment.  

Whatever role you hope to play in the delivery of justice you’ll be equipped with a sound foundation of principles and procedural theory as they apply to the current criminal justice landscape—from a deep understanding of crime and criminal activity to the structure of the American Criminal Justice System. You’ll also explore the nature of criminal law and its roots in Common Law, as well as analyze and apply the U.S. Constitution to contemporary issues in criminal justice. You’ll trace crime and criminal activity to causation theories and explore categories of crime and penalties as well as their defenses. Plus, you’ll investigate the mechanics of law enforcement, including the roles and functions of municipal police, the county sheriff, local agencies, state and federal law enforcement, public and private security industry, as well as the purpose and function of probation, parole and law enforcement.    


What Can I do With a BS in Criminal Justice Degree?

BS in Criminal Justice graduates are prepared for a variety of career options at the federal, state, and local levels of law enforcement, courts, and corrections.  

Unlike other online criminal justice schools, you will study in an interactive environment. You will not take this academic journey alone. As soon as you enroll, you will receive one-on-one support from our experienced faculty and your 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. 

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree is not designed to fulfill the educational requirements for any professional credential, such as a police officer certification. Professional credentials also have other requirements outside of education. Law enforcement and other public safety positions often require testing, specialized trainings, background checks, and more. Job requirements also vary by jurisdiction, involving the local, state, or national levels. Learn about law enforcement and public safety careers through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: specifically: Police and Detectives, Correctional Officers and Bailiffs, and Emergency Management Directors.


Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.


Criminal Justice Concentrations

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program can choose from one of five concentrations that build on a general foundation of criminal justice. 

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, paralegal, or 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. 


This concentration focuses on the theories, history, functions, and management of correctional institutions and communities along with prisoners’ rights and the impact of these practices on the criminal justice system. 

Crime Scene Investigation

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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 criminal justice bachelor’s degree courses to fit your schedule, or you can take classes at our main campus in Waterbury, Connecticut. 

Ready to pursue a career serving others? Contact us to get started at our campus in Waterbury, Connecticut, or enroll in our online criminal justice bachelor’s degree program today!  

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