Through a curriculum grounded in modern criminal justice concepts and theories, the online criminal justice bachelor’s degree from Southeastern University prepares you to be an ethical leader in the field.
Featuring a curriculum focused on practical applications, research and critical thinking, our online criminal justice degree provides a comprehensive understanding of the modern system’s various aspects. You will explore the three major components — the courts, law enforcement agencies and correctional systems — and how they are related. With the fully online program, you’ll have the ability to study on your own time while learning from faculty who are experts in the field.
Through our online criminal justice degree, you’ll discover the practical applications of criminal justice and criminological theories, including how both helped shape our modern system. Our program teaches the criminological theories that attempt to explain the causes of crime, as well as how to conduct research to build an effective case.
The faith-based curriculum teaches you to demonstrate servant leadership in the field — making you a more effective problem-solver and strengthening your ability to gather all of the facts to make ethical, informed decisions. Analyze topics such as corrections and punishment, sociology of policing and U.S. criminal courts. To provide a versatile background, you will also study sociology, business law, human diversity and the United States Constitution.
After completing the program, you will have the credentials necessary for advancing your professional goals in a number of careers, such as a police officer, correctional officer, deputy sheriff or crime scene technician.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
Through a total of 120 credits, you’ll explore a variety of general education subjects and build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of criminal justice. You will also be able to choose 28 credits of general elective courses in the discipline(s) of your choice.
The general education component of undergraduate degrees provides you with a basic understanding of a broad range of subjects. This supports the liberal arts emphasis of the university’s academic mission.
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BUSI 3403 Essentials of Business Law This course introduces the legal principles and US court system which applies to normal business transactions including contracts, torts, property, business structure, and important employment laws. 3 CRIM 2223 Introduction to Crime Scene Investigations This course provides an overview of crime scene response. Students will have the opportunity to perform hands-on exercises utilizing techniques performed by crime scene investigators to include sketching and photographing crime scenes, writing reports, collecting and packaging evidence, processing scenes and evidence for latent prints, and courtroom testimony. Advanced crime scene processing techniques will also be demonstrated. 3 CRIM 3103 Criminal Justice System This course covers the origin, evolution, and daily operation of the criminal justice system in our society. Relationships between the police, courts, and corrections elements are studied, as well as how the United States' system differs from other nations. The relationship between the specific stages of the crime-control process is also covered. 3 CRIM 3203 WI: Sociology of Policing This course will cover the evolution and structure of policing in United States society with special attention to conflicts and imperatives which define police officers' roles and the character of police work. 3 CRIM 3223 WI: Research in Criminal Justice This course is a writing intensive course that examines of the fundamental research methods in the field of criminal justice. This includes: the development of research questions and research design, methods of data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. 3 CRIM 3303 Juvenile Delinquency This course covers the types of delinquency as well as supporting theories. The effects of social institutions on delinquency, prevention, and control are also studied. The juvenile justice system is compared to the adult system and the social consequences of delinquency are studied. 3 CRIM 3403 American Criminal Courts This course examines the court system in the United States. Major topics include: role of the courts, trial procedures, role of decision makers in the court system, distinctions between civil and criminal systems, the alternatives available to the accused prior to trial proceedings, and public policy as it relates to the court system. 3 CRIM 4103 Corrections and Punishment This course covers the changing relationship between the way our society is organized and how we handle criminal offenders. There is an emphasis on contemporary conditions and alternatives to traditional responses to crime. Topics covered include the prison environment, deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution, and system reform. 3 CRIM 4203 Theory and Criminal Justice This course covers an analysis of how crime affects society. Prevention and control of criminal behavior are based on theoretical models. Several of these models are examined as they relate to the day-to-day functions of the police, courts, and corrections. 3 CRIM 4303 Criminal Justice Senior Seminar This course is designed as the capstone learning experience for all Criminal Justice majors. The course will integrate activities into a comprehensive understanding of the integrative nature of the criminal justice system. Emphasis is on policy evaluation, career options, and member training for a criminal justice agency. 3 PPOL 2413 United States Government This course is an examination of American politics: the constitutional basis, organization, and function of our government. 3
Select one of the following:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUSV 3333 Understanding Human Diversity This course examines the complex nature of culture and personal identity, explores populations at-risk, and encourages students to understand and appreciate diversity. Specific knowledge of individual cultures, awareness of the patterns of oppression experienced by those cultures, and skills relevant to developing a culturally competent approach to working with diverse people groups are addressed. 3 LDRS 3033 Leadership and Human Diversity This course examines the complex nature of leadership, culture and personal identity, explores populations at-risk, and encourages students to understand and appreciate diversity. Specific knowledge of leadership as it relates to individual cultures, awareness of the patterns of oppression experienced by those cultures, and skills relevant to developing a culturally competent approach to working with diverse people groups are addressed. 3
Choose any undergraduate-level courses that total 28 credits.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$390 per credit hour||$46,800|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$800|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$1,200|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated two to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we offer a variety of financial aid options to help make your online education even more affordable.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grants through financial aid, which do not have to be repaid. However, not all undergraduate students will receive federal grants. We also offer payment plan options to spread the cost over a few months. Once you apply, you'll have access to a tuition planner, who will work with you to determine the best financial plan. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
- We proudly welcome those who have served our country and God in the armed forces. We are a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program, and you can earn veterans benefits under the GI Bill. For information, visit our Financial Aid page.
- As an adult learner, you can seek private scholarships and grants, as well as tuition reimbursement benefits that may be offered through your employer.
Benefits of Learning Online
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