Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
As one of the top “CJ” programs in the country, the Criminal Justice and Criminology (CJC) online degree at Kentucky Wesleyan College was designed with the needs of adult students in mind, and comes to meet the ever-increasing demand for qualified and highly skilled professionals in the field of law enforcement and other related fields.
KWC’s online CJC program addresses the criminal justice system from a variety of perspectives. Focusing on U.S. political and social systems and how the criminal justice system reacts to crime, the KWC online degree will allow students to examine the criminogenic explanations, the role of legal and correctional systems, as well as the philosophy of punishment and the ethical codes of behavior which revolve around these issues.
Criminal Justice Emphasis
A degree emphasis in criminal justice is specifically designed for students who plan to enter the criminal justice field as a practitioner. This major is also recommended for any student who prefers to enter graduate school or law school.
The specialized curriculum provides online students with a basic understanding of the criminal justice system and the society in which it functions. It is designed to develop critical thinking skills and to prepare students for leadership roles in such fields as law enforcement, court administration, corrections, probation and parole.
Professionals who earn a bachelor’s in criminal justice and criminology degree online have numerous opportunities to advance their career within their place of employment or other government, private or public companies and organizations. Positions that require a bachelor degree in CJC may include:
• Criminologist, Coast Guard, ATF, DEA, FBI agent, US marshal
• Police detective, Private investigator, Forensic scientist
• Court reporter, Customs agent, Court clerk, Corrections officer
• Military intelligence specialist, Probation officer, Sheriff, and other..
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The CJC online degree is comprised of 128 hours (44 hours of general education, 42 hours of core criminal justice, and 42 hour of electives). KWC accepts up to 66 transferred credit hours in the general education requirements.
If all GenEd requirements are met, the fast-track to a Criminal Justice and Criminology degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice may be completed in 18 to 24 months by fulfilling 63 Core credit hours. As a requirement for a degree in CJC, a student must complete 2 courses designated as Service Learning (instruction applied to community service).