Justice and its advocates play an important role in making society a better place. Jessup’s online criminal justice bachelor’s degree will equip you with the critical skills needed to serve your local community as a law enforcement professional. Each course is taught with an emphasis on Christian values by former law enforcement professionals, who incorporate their experience and their faith to build a curriculum that is rich in servant leadership.
Our online B.S. in criminal justice provides you with a solid foundation in the principles crucial to local, state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations. The program explores the three branches of U.S. government, as well as how criminal law policies are created and implemented and their related impact on society. In addition, the online degree examines areas such as:
- Political theory and philosophy, including the writings by classic and modern thinkers that influence the development of modern political thought, structures and society
- How the field of corrections plays a role in the criminal justice system, including institutional operations and treatment and rehabilitation
- How the government responds to political violence, such as assassinations, genocide and terrorism
- The biblical and ethical principles that provide the basis for understanding Christian policymaking
- The roles that police play in American society, the conflicts they have to confront and the their tactics
The fully online program provides an introduction to criminal justice and law, political theory and philosophy and political processes.It additionally includes a public policy applied learning course that you will complete during your senior year in which you will acquire real-world experience. A capstone course requires you to complete a project that will contribute to the criminal justice field.
Courses and Requirements
Our online B.S. in criminal justice includes a total of 128 credit hours. The 16 criminal justice courses explore topics such as criminal law, forensics, criminology and political theory. In addition, you must also choose one concentration or nine credits hours of electives.
Central to each student’s course of study are the Foundational Studies, a core of classes that position students as leaders in their world. Jessup seeks to develop the whole person by developing skills in communication, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and by exposing students to a broad cross‐section of knowledge in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements or must be taken as part of a student’s major elective choices.
Course Number Course Title Credits PPOL 111 American Government 3 PPOL 201 Political Theory & Philosophy 3 PPOL 221 Political Process 3 PPOL 260 Intro to Criminal Justice 3 PPOL 261 Intro to Criminal Law 3 PPOL 304 Ethics in Public Policy 3 PPOL 324 State and Local Government 3 PPOL 361 Constitution and Civil Rights 3 PPOL 362 Criminology 3 PPOL 364 Police and Society 3 PPOL 366 Corrections 3 PPOL 368 Forensics 3 PPOL 469 Violence and Terrorism 3 PPOL 475 Public Policy Internship 3 PPOL 491 Political Research and Policy Analysis 3 PPOL 498 Senior Seminar 4
Integration and Applied Learning (PPOL476) can optinally be substituted for the Public Policy Internship
To meet the minimum standard of 128 units for degree completion, students must fulfill that obligation with General Education free elective courses.
Applying to Jessup is simple. Be sure to apply early to ensure that there is enough time between submitting your application and the start date in case additional information is needed. Below are the steps to the admissions process.
Pick a Program
Choose an online program that you’re genuinely interested in as you’ll be studying it for a few years. Also, make sure you meet the requirements for that program. For our online criminal justice bachelor’s degree, there are no prerequisites. Additionally, there are six start dates for this program, so you can easily begin classes when it’s convenient.
Submit your application. Be sure to include a copy of your undergrad transcript if you have one. Otherwise, submit a copy of your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. Even though Jessup doesn’t require a minimum GPA or minimum standardized test scores, both are considered during the decision process. You will also need to submit a copy of the university form.
We’ll notify you of our decision. If you still wish to pursue your degree with Jessup and are accepted, congratulations! Don’t forget to respond to your acceptance letter.
|Maximum Transfer Credits||90||$410||($36,900)|
|Total with transfer credits: †||$15,580|
The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at (844) 224-5483 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
† Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.
Online students receive the same financial aid options as those attending classes on campus. Students receive a dedicated financial aid officer who will guide them through all of their available financial aid options. There are several grants, scholarships and loans available, and undergrad students are eligible for up to $12,500 per year in federal student loans.
Learn more about financial aid options.
Undergrads also can receive up to $2,000 per year with the Church Partnership Grant, which is reserved for candidates who attend supporting churches. Additionally, California residents who are high school seniors or transferring from a community college may apply for the Cal Grant. The grant does not need to be repaid and is funded by the state of California.
Find out more about the grants and scholarships available.
Prospective students who are transferring can complete their degree in two years with a full workload and 60 units transferred. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred per university policy, and credits may come from other regionally accredited institutions.
Students who have completed police officer academy training can transfer up to 12 credits to count toward general education or comparable Criminal Justice core courses. For POST-certified non-transferable credits, Jessup will accept one credit per every three credits completed. If the student has less than 12 credits of general education left to transfer in, credits will be applied to the core courses in the following order:
- PPOL 469: Violence and Terrorism
- PPOL 368: Forensics
- PPOL 364: Police and Society
- PPOL 366: Corrections
- PPOL 260: Intro to Criminal Justice
- PPOL 362: Criminology
Learn more about transferring your credits.
Jessup proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to fully support our nation’s veterans. Veterans with 100-percent eligibility will have all of their tuition costs and most fees completely covered. Additionally, up to $2,500 per year may be awarded to those who qualify for the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship.
Learn more about Jessup’s military friendliness.
Jessup is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
Correctional officers are responsible for enforcing the rules within jails or prisons and overseeing the activities of inmates. The also ensure that the facilities adhere to safety and security regulations and conduct searches for contraband items.
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A police officer performs general law enforcement duties and may specialize in a specific type of crime. They respond to emergency and non-emergency calls, patrol areas and sometimes make arrests.
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Probation officers manage those who have been placed on probation, assisting them with the rehabilitation plan and making sure that they are not a threat to the community.
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* All career outcome information is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Job growth percentage covers 2016 through 2026.
Why Choose Jessup?
Learn from practitioners who have extensive experience in their field.
Hands-on curriculum that offers opportunities for mentorships and job positions
Versatile coursework that can be applied to a variety of careers post-graduation.