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Justice Programs

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The Spring 2024 Semester Starts January 8, 2024

We’re now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 semester!

Want to learn more about Athens State University’s transfer-friendly Criminal Justice or Homeland Security programs?
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    About Our Criminal Justice or Homeland Security Programs

    Are you interested in a career that allows you to serve and protect your community? Do you have a passion for justice and the safety of your fellow citizens? Our degree programs in Criminal Justice and Homeland & Corporate Security provide the education and training you need to pursue a fulfilling and rewarding career in these fields.

    Program Options

    Criminal Justice

    The field of criminal justice has reached a tipping point. In today’s society, there is a rare opportunity for transformational leaders to imagine and implement solutions that work for all populations — which is exactly what an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Athens State University prepares you to do.
    Criminal justice is a dynamic, far-reaching field that touches every corner of our society. No matter your unique goals, the online BS in Criminal Justice program provides an affordable, flexible, and supportive learning environment for you to get the skills you need to make an impact and land a rewarding role. The program’s ethics-focused curriculum and experiential learning opportunities empower you to move from the classroom to your career seamlessly — our graduates work for organizations such as the FBI, the CIA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Redstone Arsenal, and more.

    Criminal Justice – Juvenile Justice

    The Bachelor in Criminal Justice – Juvenile Justice Studies degree option is designed to include an interdisciplinary approach to the study of juveniles in regard to delinquency, justice, advocacy, prevention, intervention, and research. This degree option will continue to prepare our students with the educational skills and training they need to obtain employment and remain competitive.

    Homeland & Corporate Security

    Major disasters, whether human-made or natural, seem to happen all too frequently. We need homeland security professionals who are prepared to prevent potential disasters before they ever occur. Athens State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Homeland and Corporate Security can prepare you to be a homeland security professional and protect your community.

    With a curriculum that blends elements of homeland security, disaster preparedness, and corporate security, the BS in Homeland and Corporate Security transforms students into well-rounded security professionals who practice the research-backed techniques that mitigate disasters or major crimes. Students can choose to concentrate in homeland security — focusing on terrorism, illegal trafficking, and global security — or corporate security — studying surveillance, business resilience planning, and workplace security.


    Why Choose Athens State for Your Criminal Justice or Homeland Security Degree?

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    The program’s ethics-focused curriculum and experiential learning opportunities empower you to move from the classroom to your career seamlessly. 

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    No matter your unique goals, our degree programs provide a flexible, supportive, and high-quality learning environment for you to get the skills you need to make an impact and land a rewarding role.

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    As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, Athens State provides you the best value for your investment.


    “It is extremely important to me that I use my career to give back and show my appreciation for the help I have received during the duration of my college experience. I want to use my experience to promote equality and promote a deep kindness to all human beings.”

    Kelsi C.

    Cybersecurity, ’21


    About Athens State University

    Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher-education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students – whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers – and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.