Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Shorter University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Program is offered fully online. Our program helps students acquire knowledge and skills that they will need to develop as criminal justice professionals. Students gain an understanding of criminal justice theories, police systems, court systems, and correctional systems in America.

Graduates will have leadership and managerial skills needed to qualify for future employment opportunities and certifications.

This is a 120 semester hour degree program; hours are divided as follows:

  • 42 common core hours
  • 39 elective hours
  • 39 major hours

Program Benefits

  • Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a future in administration, casework, security and criminal investigation.
  • Students learn excellent oral and written communication skills, computer skills, interpersonal skills, organizational and management skills.
  • Students learn strategies for adapting and staying flexible, teamwork, leadership, ethics, and how to apply Christian values to criminal-justice settings.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a future in a wide variety of roles in criminal-justice-related fields such as:

  • Corrections officer
  • Court reporter
  • Police detective
  • Police officer
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Detective
  • Security specialist


Students must meet the following criteria to be admitted:

1. Students with less than 24 transferable credit hours: a high school transcript, an ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT score of 450 or higher on each section, and a high school GPA of 2.25 or higher.

  • If the student has been out of high school for over 5 years, a high school transcript is required. ACT or SAT scores are not required.

2. Students with 24 or more transferable credit hours need a minimum college GPA of 2.0 from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution in courses that transfer.

To graduate, student must:

1. Pass ENG 1010/1020 (or ENG 1030/1040) with a “C” or better
2. Have a 2.0 cumulative GPA
3. All 3000+ level courses used in major must be passed with a “C” or better


COMMON CORE – 42 Hours

FCS 1200: Introduction to Learning (3 credit hours)

Effective Communication
ENG 1010: Freshman English I (3 credit hours)
ENG 1020: Freshman English II (3 credit hours)
ENG 2110-90: Introduction to Literature (3 credit hours)
COM 1010: Oral Communication (3 credit hours)

An Examined Life
CST 1011: Survey of the Old Testament (3 credit hours)
CST 1012: Survey of the New Testament (3 credit hours)

Historical & Social Perspective
ECO 2100: Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
ECO 2110: Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
Choose one of the following
HIS 1020: Modern Civilization since 1648
HIS 2060: American History II

Artistic Expression
Choose one of the following
ART 2010: Art, Culture, & Values
THE 2250: Theatre Appreciation

Health & Wellness
HPE 1200: Health and Wellness (3 credit hours)

Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
NAS 1500: Survey of Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)
Choose one of the following
MAT 1060: Liberal Arts Math
MAT 1100: College Algebra

Total Foundation Hours: 42

CRJ 2070: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CRJ 3090: Theories in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CRJ 3330: Correctional System (3 credit hours)
CRJ 3350: Police Systems (3 credit hours)
CRJ 3550: Judicial Systems (3 credit hours)
CRJ 3430: Procedural Law (3 credit hours)
CRJ 4100: Conflict Resolution and Mediation (3 credit hours)
CRJ 4600: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CRJ 4800: Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 hours)


ELECTIVES – 39 Hours


Approximately two-thirds of Shorter University’s faculty members have earned the highest degree available in their field of expertise.

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