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B.S. in Criminal Justice

Safeguard Your Future Through a Criminal Justice Degree

You’re passionate about justice and creating a safer future for everyone. Through Regent’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice, you’ll study criminal justice theory, criminal investigation processes and ethics, juvenile justice, and more — all presented from a Christian worldview. Explore the role of technology in forensics and criminal justice and how the courts work with law enforcement as you prepare for a career in local, state, federal, or international law enforcement. You’ll also choose one of three concentrations that best aligns with your career goals.

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August 23, 2021
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ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Regent is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2020, and also ranks #1 in its list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia.

ADVANCE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Understand criminology, police studies, crime scene investigation, community corrections, crisis intervention, and more.

FOCUS ON SAFETY

Explore homeland security through the Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program and learn how to prepare for disasters and mitigate hazards.

ACCESS FACULTY EXPERTISE

Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field.

Explore Scholarships

Explore exciting scholarship opportunities such as academic merit scholarships, honors college scholarships, and more! Learn about the scholarships for on-campus incoming freshmen: the $10,000 Freedom Scholarships, $4,000 Homeschool Scholarships and $4,000 Private School Scholarships.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

Upon completion of the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree, you will be able to:

  • Prepare for a career in local, state, federal, or international law enforcement.
  • Navigate the trial process, sentencing, and appeals.
  • Work efficiently within police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

Career Opportunities

  • Bailiff
  • Border Patrol & Customs
  • Detective Work
  • Game Warden
  • Homeland Security Official
  • Police & Probation Officer
$67Thousand
Mean annual wage for police and sheriff's patrol officers U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice – Corrections will expand your understanding of juvenile justice, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal justice systems and ethics.

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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security will increase your knowledge on issues of criminal law, homeland security, terrorism and the criminal justice system.

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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement will teach you about issues of criminal law and procedure, public policy, constitutional law, ethics, and law and order.

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Examines the American criminal justice system. Investigates the agencies and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice. Considers various approaches in defining, measuring, and controlling crime.

Investigates the nature and causation of crime. Gives attention to major theoretical explanations for crime as well as to the treatment and prevention of crime.

Covers thesis design, overview of criminal justice library guides, introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods, APA formatting, administrative and criminal case briefing, academic writing, formal reporting, and memoranda.

Discusses principles and practices of criminal investigation including crime scene conduct and procedures, collection and preservation of evidence, interview and interrogation techniques, development of leads, and the use of surveillance techniques. Addresses ethical issues related to the criminal case investigation.

Investigation and analysis of the history, current practices, and various aspects of the corrections system. Gives attention to the future direction of corrections.

Discusses criminal evidence rules in the United States. Emphasis to the exclusionary rule and the distinction between real and testimonial evidence. Trial procedures, examination of witnesses, real/physical evidence, circumstantial evidence, the hearsay rule, the opinion evidence rule, and judicial notice. Discusses ethical considerations related to seized and submitted evidence.

Analyzes the character of judicial power and review. Examines key U.S. Supreme Court decisions as related to the Bill of Rights, and its relationship to the states through focusing on civil rights and civil liberties decisions. Cross-listed with GOVT 382.

Analysis of the diverse ethical dilemmas encountered in the criminal justice profession. Considers the importance of an ethic of virtue that focuses on an individual’s character as the source of virtuous action- both personal and professional. Evaluates leading ethical theories as they are applied to diverse ethical dilemmas in the criminal justice profession and examines various standards and codes of professional conduct within the criminal justice profession.

Investigates comprehensive and sub-system theories of criminal justice. Gives attention to utilitarian, preventionist, retributive, and restorative approaches to criminal justice.

Capstone course for the integration and synthesis of knowledge and principles concerning the criminal justice system, law and adjudication, criminology, law enforcement, ethics, diversity, research methods and other areas of study. Students plan, design, and conduct a research project. Final papers report the results of the study and are presented in a formal research seminar. As part of course, an electronic portfolio may be required. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Admission requirements vary based on the stage you're at in life. Select a link below to learn how to apply.

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Block Rate Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18$8,610
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12$7,260
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18$10,332
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A$1,722+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800

Housing Fees »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-12 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid »

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Block Rate Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18$8,610
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12$6,888
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18$10,332
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A$1,722+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800

Housing Fees »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-12 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid »

“It is neat to see people who care about excellence but aren’t haughty about it. They approach it with humility in their academics, their spiritual lives, and each other.”

Hannah Lillemo, B.A., 2020 Honors Program Graduate

“At Regent, I loved the integration of Christian values that were wrapped tightly in a strong academic degree. I felt completely academically prepared to go out and help people, but I also had that very foundational core belief system that was strengthened unbelievably.”

Jada Jackson, B.A. in Communication 2009; MA in Human Services Counseling 2010 President & TV Host, Total Life Counseling; Advisor, Listeners On Call; Author; Licensed Mental Health Counselor

“Getting a Big Idea/Dreamworks internship and working on VeggieTales in the House was a dream come true. Ultimately I want to write and direct stories, regardless of what form they take. Storytelling is what I love, and I'm so grateful Regent has helped me develop that passion.”

Justin Garcia, B.A., 2014 Animator

“Regent gave me the tools and confidence to integrate my faith in my community and career. I was able to develop my potential and am now fulfilling my purpose as a business leader.”

Scott Berry, 2009

“"At Regent, I was surrounded by people who exemplified servant leadership. These examples often come back to me, and I believe it’s what my industry needs now more than ever."”

Breanna Molloy, B.A., 2012