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:

  • 39 common core hours
  • 39 major hours
  • 9 Math & Science hours
  • 33 elective hours

BS-Criminal Justice Curriculum

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


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

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