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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Pursue Your Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Online or On Campus!

As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program at Post University, you could develop the foundational understanding and practical skills necessary to pursue opportunities within the field of criminal justice. In addition to exploring issues and principles within law enforcement, forensics, corporate security, criminal investigation, courts, and corrections—including probation, parole, and imprisonment—you will be given opportunities to hone and develop skills for report writing, fingerprinting, and crime scene investigation and documentation.

Coursework for your criminal justice bachelor’s degree offers a solid 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. It also explores the nature of criminal law and its roots in common law as well as analyzing and applying the U.S. Constitution to contemporary issues in criminal justice. Coursework also encourages tracing crime and criminal activity to causation theories and explores categories of crime and penalties as well as their defenses. This program also offers the ability to customize your degree to your future goals with your choice of concentrations in law enforcement, legal studies, emergency management and homeland security, correctional counseling, and corrections.

What Could I Do with a Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree?

Upon completing the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you will have had the opportunity to investigate the mechanics of law enforcement, including the roles and functions of municipal police, the county sheriff, local agencies, state and federal law enforcement, the public and private security industry, as well as the purpose and function of probation, parole, and law enforcement. The program offers the tools—and concentrations—you could use to pursue roles and opportunities within the 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.


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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.


Industry-Focused Curriculum for Professional Skills

Coursework for your on-campus or online bachelor’s in criminal justice program is designed to help you build the foundation of insights and practical skills necessary to:

  • Describe and define the American criminal justice system
  • Illustrate how the U.S. Constitution applies to criminal laws and procedures
  • Effectively communicate criminal justice principles
  • Assess criminal activity causation theories and identify categories of crimes, penalties, and their defenses
  • Compare and contrast criminal law foundations to modern-day law
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and function of probation, parole, and imprisonment
  • Identify, analyze, and apply research-based techniques to issues facing criminal justice practitioners


Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Concentrations

In addition to core coursework covering criminal justice, juvenile justice, law, and criminology, you will have the opportunity to customize your degree to your future goals with one of these six 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

Pursue an understanding of the fundamental principles of law through an analysis of the role and function of the American legal system. It is designed to offer the insights and skills you could use to pursue opportunities in paralegal work.

Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Study the four phases of emergency management—mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery—as well as a historical awareness of terrorism, particularly within the United States and its interests abroad. You will also cover ongoing efforts to secure the homeland.

Correctional Counseling

​In a combination of disciplines, coursework gives equal focus to criminal justice, sociology, and human services as well as 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

This concentration offers a methodical and detailed approach to crime scene investigation, including crime scene processing, identification and collection of physical evidence, and chain of custody. It also offers the opportunity to develop skills for successfully recognizing, documenting, collecting, and preserving physical evidence. 

Benefits of Earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Online

From the admissions process to the day you graduate, we are with you every step of the way.

  • Receive support from your personal Post team focused on your academic success
  • Learn from industry professionals in interactive courses
  • No class times or set login times for your online bachelor’s in criminal justice
  • Online courses emphasize practical application of various criminal justice-related issues

Pursue Your Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Online or On Campus at Post!

At Post University, we understand you have responsibilities you cannot put on hold while you attend school — and you do not have to. We offer flexible online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice courses to fit your schedule, or you can take classes at our main campus in Waterbury, Connecticut. Online or on campus, a student success advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and help you address challenges throughout your program.

Ready to pursue a future of public service? Contact us to learn more about our bachelor’s in criminal justice program.

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