Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The BS in Criminal Justice program at Southeastern University aims to provide students with a keen understanding of the history of our law enforcement agencies, the court system and the criminal justice system. Our mission is to prepare students to succeed in careers or in advanced study by teaching practical skills, advanced research and critical thinking. Graduates of this degree program seek employment as police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, corrections officers, customs inspectors, crime scene technicians, bailiffs, probation officers, and corrections counselors — and in many other careers.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the criminal justice program will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how elements of the criminal justice system develop.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the elements of the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the criminological theories that attempt to explain the causes of crime.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct criminological research and present/interpret the results of that research.

Total Credits: 124 hours

  • General education core: 54 hours
  • Required major core: 36 hours
  • General electives: 34 hours

Program Length: Classes offered in 8-week sessions
Program Delivery: Online cohort
Tuition: $390 per credit hour

Admissions Requirements

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Biographical essay
  • Personal reference form
  • ACT or SAT I scores (if applicable)


General Education Core (54 hours)

Art of Communication (9 hours)
Behavioral Science (3 hours)
Historical Perspective (3 hours)
Social Science Elective (3 hours)
Business (2 hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (3 hours)
Literature Elective (3 hours)
Mathematics (6 hours)
Natural Sciences (4 hours)
Religion (15 hours)
Theology Elective (3 hours)

Major Core (36 hours)

Program Studies

General Electives (34 hours)

Any college-level courses.


Students who complete the criminal justice program will be prepared for careers such as: