Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Gain relevant hands-on experience through the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. Past program participants have completed internships with INTERPOL, the American Center for Law & Justice and The Superior Courts of Washington, D.C.Whether you’re interested in working as a police officer, FBI investigative specialist, correctional facility employee or something similar, Southeastern’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice will equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to help make our world a safer place to live. Within the criminal justice major itself, you will study the three major branches of our criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts and corrections. You will also study sociology — the foundation of the discipline — and special topics such as juvenile delinquency. Depending on your specific interests, you may also choose a minor in one of several relevant disciplines, including business, pre-law, social services or psychology.

Earn this degree on campus or in our convenient, fully-online format.

Program Details

36 hours of major core
55 hours of general education
33 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 124

Sample Core Courses

  • Sociology of Policing (CRIM 3203) — This course will cover the evolution and structure of policing in United States society, with special attention on conflicts and imperatives that define police officers’ roles and the character of police work.
  • Juvenile Delinquency (CRIM 3303) — This course covers the types of delinquency as well as supporting theories. The effects of social institutions on delinquency, prevention and control are also studied. The juvenile justice system is compared to the adult system, and the social consequences of delinquency are studied.
  • American Criminal Courts (CRIM 3403) — This course examines the court system in the United States. Major topics include the role of the courts, trial procedures, role of decision-makers in the court system, the distinctions between civil and criminal systems, the alternatives available to the accused prior to trial proceedings and public policy as it relates to the court system.
  • Corrections and Punishment (CRIM 4103) — This course covers the changing relationship between the way our society is organized and how we handle criminal offenders. There is an emphasis on contemporary conditions and alternatives to traditional responses to crime. Topics covered include the prison environment, deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution and system reform.

Business Law I

Criminal Justice System

Sociology of Policing

Juvenile Delinquency

American Criminal Courts

Corrections and Punishment

Theory and Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Senior Seminar

Understanding Human Diversity

Research Methods

United States Constitution

Introduction to Sociology


Correctional officer

Corrections counselor

Court clerk or reporter

Crime scene examiner

Game warden


Immigration officer


K9 officer or handler



Park ranger

Police officer

Postal service inspector

Probation or parole officer

State trooper

Victim advocate