Criminal Justice

An Office of Professional Studies Program

Samford's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree completion program allows working adults the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for employment or career advancement in this growing field. Our core curriculum follows national standards for best practices in criminal justice education. As a student in this program, you will learn the fundamentals of the American justice system, with an emphasis on real-world application as well as critical theory.

Course of Study

Full Degree

Completer Degree

Program Goals

As a result of this program, the student will:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the policies, agencies, and delivery of criminal justice systems
  • Be able to apply theoretical frameworks to individual and social behavior, and their relationships to crime and justice
  • Develop the practical skills necessary for a career in a variety of criminal justice fields.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and communicate effectively
  • Employ ethical perspectives and judgments in decision making
  • Understand and appreciate differences based on gender, age, ethnicity, religious creed, sexual orientation, class, and physical, mental, and developmental disabilities
  • Have an understanding of research methods and applications to the field of criminal justice
  • Have a thorough awareness of career opportunities in criminal justice.

Career and Graduate Study Possibilities

Graduates in the field of criminal justice find employment in a variety of settings such as government agencies, corrections, law enforcement, social services, as well as the private sector. While some jobs in these fields do not require a four-year degree for entry-level employment, attainment of an undergraduate degree is generally required for career advancement. Many of the positions listed below require certification that can often be attained during the first months of employment.

Possible Careers

  • Police Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Law Enforcement Communications Assistant/ Customs & Border Protection
  • FBI Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Security Guard
  • Crime Victim Advocate

For students interested in graduate study, the following career options are available:

  • Paralegal, Paralegal Certificate required
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Master of Social Work and licensure required
  • Sociologist, Master of Arts or PhD in Sociology required
  • Criminologist, Master of Science in Criminology required
  • Attorney, Juris Doctor required
  • Judge, Juris Doctor required