Online Criminal Justice Degree Overview

Bluefield College, an affordable and veteran friendly online college based in southwest VirginiaEarn Your Criminal Justice Degree Online

The online Criminal Justice degree, part of the Online Degree Program at Bluefield College, is an exciting course curriculum that analyzes the legal, social, economic, and political contexts that shape our approach to criminal justice. The program blends principle courses in the functions and organization of the criminal justice system with courses focused on specific components of the system in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, to build or refine the mobile and transferable skills our students’ need to meet the challenges of a criminal justice career anywhere in the country.

The Criminal Justice Major offers students a broad focus range, designed to provide them an excellent academic foundation for entry into the criminal justice profession, or in preparation for law school for those considering a legal career. Criminal Justice students are taught to think critically, act ethically, and apply theory to practical situations that they currently encounter or will encounter in criminal justice careers.


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Criminal Justice Major Internships

Earning your Criminal Justice degree online gives students numerous opportunities for internship experience, including several that are offered every semester on and off campus, as well as, some that are created for individual students through a hometown or other contact for a particular semester or summer.

Bluefield College Campus Safety Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office
Bluefield, VA Police Department Bluefield, WV Police Department
Federal District Court, Bluefield, WV Local and County Police Agencies
Prisons Law Offices

Criminal Justice Major Outcomes

The Criminal Justice online degree program prepares the student for entry into the criminal justice system, and allows them to experience the various components in their courses and internships to discover their passion.

Career Opportunities

Corrections – officer and counselor Law Enforcement Officer – local, state, federal
Juvenile detention – officer and counselor Criminalist
Private policing and security Probation/parole officer
Lawyer/prosecution, public defender, child advocate

Graduate Schools Attended

Appalachian Law School Mercer Law School
WVU College of Law Baylor Law School
Harvard Law School Radford University

Contact Information

Kimberly D. Farmer

Kimberly D. Farmer
Professor of Criminal Justice; Pre-Law Advisor; Chair, Department of Criminal Justice







Christopher Hayes

Class of  2012

"The Criminal Justice Faculty is always available and they go the extra mile to help each student reach his or her goals. The online format has taken online learning to the next level. If it were not for this innovative program and faculty, I don’t know that I could have returned to school and felt so at home."


Paul Perry

Class of  2012

"I felt I had learned all I needed in my fifteen years of criminal justice experience prior to enrolling in the online Criminal Justice program at Bluefield College. Needless to say, I was wrong. Bluefield’s online Criminal Justice program provides a wealth of information taught by competent, knowledgeable, and experienced professors."

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