100% Online B.S. in Criminal Justice

Begin or Advance Your Criminal Justice Career

Career-Focused. Student-Centered. Success-Oriented.

Make a difference and serve your community with the online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from King University. Designed for working adults and taught by expert faculty, our online criminal justice program introduces the concept of restorative justice, bringing victims and offenders together to repair relationships through rehabilitation and reconciliation. Coursework explores foundational topics like corrections, criminal procedure, criminology, policy, and more. This program is offered in a fully online format that allows you to earn your degree while maintaining work and life commitments.

Designed for individuals who plan to finish a bachelor’s degree, our online Criminal Justice program allows up to 72 transfer credits, giving you an opportunity to complete major coursework in as little as 16 months.

King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.

Our unwavering commitment to our students means that you’ll receive the education you need for meaningful professional and personal growth through a relevant and industry-specific course of study. Discover today why King University has the difference you need to advance your career.

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A Curriculum Built for Justice

At King, our online criminal justice degree features a comprehensive curriculum designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of the American justice system. Throughout our program, you’ll also develop proficiency in in-demand skill areas, such as writing, critical thinking, and analysis.

Our online criminal justice degree requires 48 semester hours (12 courses) of major coursework. To graduate from King University, students must complete a total of 124 semester hours, which includes a mixture of major courses, general education courses, and additional courses which may come from credit transfers or electives.

This course is designed to survey the foundations of our criminal course system as defined in the U.S. Constitution, and by federal, and state laws. Topics will include due process and procedure of criminal courts. Special emphasis will be placed on the safeguards provided to citizens in the U.S. Constitution.

Criminal Law examines state and federal crimes of the United States. This course provides an historical overview of the philosophy and foundations of criminal law and examines elements of crime, purposes and functions of law, and the limits of law. It also covers topics such as defenses to prosecution.

American Policing will provide a broad survey of the history and progression of law enforcement in America beginning with its early relationship to British law enforcement. The focus will be on understanding law enforcement as a type of social control. We will also analyze the use of policy in shaping law enforcement practices and techniques as well as the special problems associated with this type of employment such as stress.

American Systems of Corrections is an overview of the history and development of the punishment system in the United States. Discussion will include the genesis of our current system and how other countries shaped its formation. There will also be an emphasis on the goals and types of punishments, alternatives to incarcerations, and capital punishment. Christianity’s influence on our historical penitentiaries and our modern correctional facilities will also be a focus.

The Benefits of Online Learning

Learning in an online format provides the opportunity to adjust your academic path based on your personal preferences. You’ll have the chance to spend as much time with instructional materials as you need. King University’s online programs offer the same course of study and level of academic rigor as our on-campus counterparts. You’ll have access to the same experienced faculty and faith-based learning environment, and connect with your peers in a caring community atmosphere.

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Start Your Career Serving the Community

In our online B.A. in Criminal Justice program, you’ll develop the skills you need to enter management positions in law enforcement, security, or human services. This degree prepares you for any number of roles, ranging from management positions in law enforcement to homeland security to child and family services. Employers may include state or federal governments, parole or probation offices, or other protective agencies.

Median Annual Salaries in 2022

  1. Law enforcement officer $59,9361
  2. Parole officer $60,4042
  3. Private detective or investigator $48,6013
  4. Child and family advocate $37,4204

Who We Are

King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university dedicated to the integration of rigorous academic programming and the exploration of faith. For more than 150 years, we have offered students the opportunity to excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible citizens with a passion for serving the world.

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