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Pursue a bachelor’s in criminal justice degree online or at Regent’s campus in Virginia Beach.

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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January 11, 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.

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.

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.

Examines major approaches to research including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will explore the difference between historical case studies and statistical research, such as opinion polling. Emphasizes the skills necessary for differentiating between good and bad research and developing hypotheses. Prerequisite: MATH 201. Cross-listed with GOVT 387.

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.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Program Type Tuition

On-Campus Student

  • 12-18 credit hours per semester
  • Under 12 credit hours
  • Over 18 credit hours

 

  • $8,610 (block rate)
  • $605/credit hour
  • $574/credit hour

Online Student (enrolled in 8-week classes)

  • Full-time (12* credit hours)
  • Part-time (6* credit hours)

*Average number of credits per semester.

 

  • $395/credit hour
  • $450/credit hour

RN to B.S. in Nursing Tuition

  • $295/credit hour

 

Student Fees

Fee

Amount

Description

Application Fee (On-Campus & Evening/Online Students)

 

$50

One-time fee, nonrefundable

Enrollment Deposit (On-Campus Students)

Enrollment Deposit (Evening/Online Students)

$150

$50

Fee is deducted from tuition costs

Graduation Fee(On-Campus & Evening/Online Students)

$60

One-time fee upon submission of graduation application

University Services Fee(On-Campus Students)

University Services Fee(Online Students)

$700/semester

$550/semester

Contributes to university academic and administrative operations

 

Optional Fees

Late Payment

$100/Session

Incurred per session in the event of late tuition payment

Course Fees

Varies,
$70-200 per course

Some courses in theater, animation, cinema television or science labs carry an additional fee

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Program Type Tuition

On-Campus Student

  • 12-18 credit hours per semester
  • Under 12 credit hours
  • Over 18 credit hours

 

  • $8,610 (block rate)
  • $574/credit hour
  • $574/credit hour

Online Student (enrolled in 8-week classes)

  • Full-time (12* credit hours)
  • Part-time (6* credit hours)

*Average number of credits per semester.

 

  • $395/credit hour
  • $450/credit hour

RN to B.S. in Nursing Tuition

  • $295/credit hour

 

Student Fees

Fee

Amount

Description

Application Fee (On-Campus & Evening/Online Students)

 

$50

One-time fee, nonrefundable

Enrollment Deposit (On-Campus Students)

Enrollment Deposit (Evening/Online Students)

$150

$50

Fee is deducted from tuition costs

Graduation Fee(On-Campus & Evening/Online Students)

$60

One-time fee upon submission of graduation application

University Services Fee(On-Campus Students)

University Services Fee(Online Students)

$750/semester

$600/semester

Contributes to university academic and administrative operations

 

Optional Fees

Late Payment

$100/Session

Incurred per session in the event of late tuition payment

Course Fees

Varies,
$70-200 per course

Some courses in theater, animation, cinema television or science labs carry an additional fee

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