Criminal Justice - Online Bachelor's Degree

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Prepare for advancement in your existing career in criminal justice, or get a solid academic foundation for a variety of criminal justice careers with the bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at Virginia College.

Online Learning for Busy Working People

Online learning is a smart choice for people who have to work full time, have varying work hours (like active military personnel) and/or have an active family life. Your courses in this online criminal justice bachelor's degree program can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet or laptop — anywhere there's an Internet signal.

An Online Degree Program Designed for Criminal Justice Careers

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is designed to provide a multidimensional framework in law enforcement, criminal law, corrections, the criminal court system and private security that will allow successful students to pursue a range of career opportunities upon completion. The curriculum includes coursework in each of those areas, along with courses designed to hone computer skills that are required to work in most criminal justice careers. Specific courses include:

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Courts in America
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Business, Corporate, and Industrial Security
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Criminal Investigations
  • White Collar Crime
  • Terrorism
  • Community-Oriented Policing and Problem Solving
  • Gangs
  • Organized Crime
  • Crime Scene Investigation

Skills That Will Assist You in Criminal Justice Jobs

Upon completion of this online degree program, graduates should be able to:

  • Document the entire criminal justice process from law enforcement to the administration of justice through corrections
  • Identify the effects of substantive and procedural law on individuals within the criminal justice system
  • Explain the nature and extent of crime in the United States and theories of causation
  • Describe the philosophical and historical foundations of corrections in America
  • Classify the safety and security of business enterprises as they relate to private, retail, and industrial aspects
  • Analyze the principles, techniques, strategies, theory, and scope of criminal investigations
  • Trace the historical development and current structure of local, state, and federal court systems

Get Started Today.

If you've always wanted a career in law enforcement or criminal justice, the bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at Virginia College — online or on campus — is a good place to start. Complete the Request More Information form now!

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Why get an online degree from Virginia College?

Virginia College's flexible online associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs allow you to do school work when you have time — and wherever there is an Internet connection. Our programs meet the needs of people who are busy balancing work, family, military or other obligations. In addition to flexibility and convenience, we offer:

  • The most direct path to your new career
  • Career placement assistance
  • No hidden fees
  • Personalized service centered around you
  • Instructors with real-world experience

How to pay for your online degree

One of the first questions many of our prospective online students ask is, "How will I pay for college?" The Financial Planning department at Virginia College is prepared to discuss how a combination of scholarships, Pell grants and student loans are available to those who qualify. It can be a complicated process, but we are here, ready to help you make the best decisions.

To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with a financial planning associate.

Get started with your online degree

Want to get a degree through Virginia College Online Programs? Here are a few simple steps to help you get started:

  • Explore our list of available online degree programs.
  • Fill out our Request More Information form or give us a call at (888) 827-7770 to speak with an Enrollment Specialist.
  • Ready to enroll? Create a new student account online. The account is free, and it is the starting point for the application process.

Learn more about our application process on our Admissions page.