Online Criminal Justice Degree Overview
The online Criminal Justice 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.
Criminal Justice Major Internships
There are numerous opportunities for internship experience in Criminal Justice, 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
Criminal Justice Major Outcomes
The online 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.
|Corrections – officer and counselor
||Law Enforcement Officer – local, state, federal
|Juvenile detention – officer and counselor
|Private policing and security
|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
Kimberly D. Farmer
Professor of Criminal Justice; Pre-Law Advisor; Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
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."
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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