Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Set a Higher Target for Your Career
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree offers an ideal way to finish your bachelor's degree online. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the criminal justice system or for further education through a graduate program. In this program, you will be actively engaged in the learning process as you gain theoretical knowledge and applied skills.
The criminal justice degree online offers core competencies that are extended across the curriculum and emphasized to a different degree in each course including a working knowledge of the entire criminal justice process (adult and juvenile) and the issues surrounding each portion of the process, the ability to make linkage between theory and policy development in the criminal justice system and the ability to understand, identify, and apply legal issues relative to the criminal justice system and justice administration.
Blue Coats Scholarship
The Department of Criminal Justice at UofL will be awarding 10 scholarships to public safety personnel currently employed in the Greater Louisville region or the surrounding 7 counties. Practitioners may include police and firefighters. Apply [PDF].
To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ), students must complete a minimum of 121 credits. Applicants to BSCJ program at UofL typically have an associate degree or equivalent credits already earned from a regionally accredited institution.
Professionals who do not meet this criteria and want to pursue the online BSCJ at UofL may complete their first two years of general education requirements online through Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), then transfer to the University of Louisville to take the core and elective courses. Student advisers are available to assist with your degree planning.
Nationally, almost two million individuals are employed in the criminal justice system. These jobs include police officers, special agents, criminal investigators, corrections officers, probation and parole officers, correctional treatment specialists, criminal records managers, court referral officers, court managers, security specialists, crime prevention officers, victim advocates, juvenile service workers, and criminal justice planners.
Careers in criminal justice are rewarding, providing practitioners with ever changing challenges. We work closely with our University Career Development Center and hold an annual Criminal Justice Career Fair
to assist our students in their career search.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov
For those already employed in the criminal justice system, a bachelor's degree can increase on-the-job performance and promotion opportunities. It also forms a basis for further study with the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program (also available online) or another graduate program such as a law degree.