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Criminal Justice (BA/BS) Program Overview

Blaze your own trail as a criminal justice professional with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bluefield University. Whether you are interested in leading your local police force, working in corrections, conducting criminal investigations, or preparing for law school, the B.S. in Criminal Justice (CRJ) program helps you build the skills needed to be successful. Follow your dream of a career serving your community with an online criminal justice degree from Bluefield University, where the central focus of your studies is becoming a compassionate leader.

A Quality Criminal Justice Degree Online or On-Campus

In the B.S. in Criminal Justice, you will learn the research, analytical, and communication skills needed to work in complex criminal justice careers. Your studies will include courses in criminology, psychology of criminal behavior, minority issues in criminal justice, and theories on social deviance. The skills you learn will enable you to approach your career from a Christian perspective. All students have the opportunity to get practical experience through a CRJ internship, and you may be able to earn up to 30 hours of college credit for any previous military or police training you have completed.

With your CRJ degree, you will be able to provide leadership in a variety of justice administration positions. You may choose to pair a CRJ major with a minor in cybersecurity, psychology and human services, or business to broaden your career opportunities. The B.S. in Criminal Justice prepares you to make a difference in your local community or to serve in positions at the state or national level. Upon completing your degree, you will also be prepared for graduate study.

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Tuition: $395 Per Credit Hour
On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: May 2024 (Online)
Next Start: August 2024 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 1-4 years*

* Time to complete can be reduced with prior learning and transfer credits

Available Grants & Scholarships

Minor in cybersecurity, psychology and human services, or business to broaden your career opportunities.
Earn up to 30 hours of college credit for previous military or police training.
Gain real world experience through internships.

Courses &


Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS)
General Education (39-41 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors

  • Bluefield Core (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (6 Credits)
  • Composition (3 Credits)
  • Health & Physical Activity (3 Credits)
  • Humanities – Fine Arts, History, Literature (6 Credits)
  • Math/Natural Science (3-4 Credits)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)
  • Degree-Specific Requirements (6-7 Credits)
    • B.A. Foreign Language or Cultural Understanding (6 Credits)
    • B.S. Math/Science Courses (6-7 Credits)
Major Requirements (39 Credits)

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Theories in Social Deviance
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Corrections
  • Minority Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Critical Perspectives in Criminal Justice
  • American Government
  • Social Research Methods
  • (Choose 1)
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Minor/Electives/Prior Learning (42 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Crime Scene Investigator
Game Warden
Law Enforcement Officer
Probation/Parole Officer
Federal Agent
Fraud Investigator
Correctional Officer
Criminal Investigator
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