Covering topics from crime rates and law enforcement to judicial systems and cyber security, the bachelor of science degree in criminal justice is one of the most thriving academic programs at Lindenwood University-Belleville.
You’ll learn from experienced faculty who are not only accomplished criminal justice researchers and professors, but who also know firsthand what it’s like to work in the field.
Like many of our students, you may already be a full-time employee, parent, spouse, or caretaker and wonder if you can add “full-time student” to your list of roles. At Lindenwood, going back to school doesn’t mean putting the rest of your life on hold. We understand your busy schedule and work with you one-on-one to meet your academic goals conveniently.
The bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is one of our accelerated degree programs, which means you can earn your degree in as little as 18 months by attending class only one night a week. Our unique cluster format for classes allows you to earn credits at a faster rate while still gaining relevant, in-depth knowledge from real professionals in the field. You’ll get the quality education to take your career to the next level without sacrificing important family and personal time!
Lindenwood University-Belleville Criminal Justice Faculty
The criminal justice faculty at Lindenwood University-Belleville are published researchers and authors, honored judges, and accomplished law enforcement officials. You’ll benefit from their direct experience in the criminal justice field and their professional connections to local and state police departments, legal organizations, and forensics and investigation agencies. Lindenwood’s small class sizes ensure that you develop a close mentor relationship with professors who are dedicated to helping you succeed.
Earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Lindenwood University-Belleville
As a criminal justice major, you’ll take courses in criminal procedure, victimology, juvenile law, criminal justice and the media, and cybercrime. Our comprehensive program gives you a thorough understanding of criminal behavior and the legal principles that affect law enforcement and correctional systems. You also have the option to add a level of specialization to your degree by pursuing an emphasis in homeland security.
What to do with a Criminal Justice Degree
When you graduate with a degree in criminal justice, you’ll be ready for a career in a number of fields, including law enforcement officer, detective/investigator, probation officer, correctional treatment specialist, and forensic science technician. You’ll also have a firm foundation for continuing graduate studies in law and criminal justice.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that police officers and criminal investigators typically earn an annual median salary of $60,270. Jobs for lawyers and legal assistants are expected to grow at a higher than average rate through 2024 with median salaries ranging from $50,000-$100,000+.