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)

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General Education Core (54 hours)

Art of Communication (9 hours)

COMM 1433 Fundamentals of Speech
ENGL 1133 English Composition I
ENGL 1233 English Composition II

Behavioral Science (3 hours)

Select one:
PSYC 1133 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 1233 Psychology of Adjustment

Historical Perspective (3 hours)

Select one:
HIST 1013 Western Civilization I
HIST 1023 Western Civilization II
HIST 2013 American History I
HIST 2023 American History II
PPOL 2413 United States Government

Social Science Elective (3 hours)

Select one:
(If SSCI 2133 is selected, add three Criminal Justice elective hours to major core)
SSCI 2133 Introduction to Sociology
SSCI 2233 Marriage & Family
BUSI 2103 Macroeconomics
BUSI 2203 Microeconomics

Business (2 hours)

BUSI 1902 Personal Financial Stewardship

Humanities and Fine Arts (3 hours)

Select one:
COMM 1503 Western Art Appreciation
COMM 2033 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 2233 Introduction to Mass Communication
COMM 2433 Film Appreciation
ENGL 2233 Introduction to Humanities
MUSIC 1003 Music Appreciation
MUSIC 1103 American Music Appreciation

Literature Elective (3 hours)

Select one:
ENGL 2133 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 2513 British Literature I
ENGL 2523 British Literature II
ENGL 3633 American Literature
ENGL 3933 African American Literature
ENGL 4343 Native American Literature & Culture
ENGL 4533 Contemporary Literature

Mathematics (6 hours)

MATH 1313 Liberal Arts Math I
MATH 1323 Liberal Arts Math II

Natural Sciences (4 hours)

Select one, Plus the corresponding lab:
BIOL 1333 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
NSCI 1033 Life Science
NSCI 1113 Introduction to Physics
NSCI 1133 Physical Science I
NSCI 1213 Introduction to Chemistry
NSCI 1433 Botany
NSCI 2033 Astronomy and Earth Science
NSCI 2233 Astronomy
NSCI 2433 Zoology
NSCI 3333 Ecology
NSCI 4033 Geology

Religion (15 hours)

THEO 1503 Christ, Culture, and the University
BIBL 1703 Introduction to the Bible
THEO 1313 Survey of Christian Theology
BIBL 2213 Life of Christ
CRIM 2003 Criminal Justice and the Christian

Theology Elective (3 hours)

Select one:
PHIL 2003 Principles of Ethics
PHIL 3233 Introduction to Philosophy
MISS 3733 World Religions
HITH 3403 Historical Geography and Archeology of Israel

Major Core (36 hours)

Program Studies

BUSI 3403 Business Law I
CRIM 3103 Criminal Justice System
CRIM 3203 Sociology of Policing
CRIM 3303 Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 3403 American Criminal Courts
CRIM 4103 Corrections and Punishment
CRIM 4203 Theory and Criminal Justice
CRIM 4303 Criminal Justice Senior Seminar
SOWK 3033 Understanding Human Diversity
SOWK 4053 Research Methods
SSCI 2133 Introduction to Sociology
PPOL 2403 United States Constitution

General Electives (34 hours)

Any college-level courses.


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

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