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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice
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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.

Dedicated people like you transfer to Athens State for their online BS in Criminal Justice because we know what it takes to get you across the finish line. How will you improve the criminal justice system with your degree? We can’t wait to find out.

What You’ll Learn

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Our immersive curriculum prepares you to make an immediate impact in criminal justice. During your time in the online BS in Criminal Justice program, you’ll get:

  • A holistic understanding of how subfields such as law enforcement, criminology, criminal law, justice process, corrections, and juvenile delinquency come together to drive solutions
  • Hands-on internships and experiential learning opportunities that provide real-world experience
  • A strong foundation in ethical practice and policymaking to create a better system that supports all populations
  • The oral, written, and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate across contexts and personnel
  • An opportunity to select the Juvenile Justice Studies degree option where you’ll study juveniles in regard to delinquency, justice, advocacy, prevention, intervention, and research.

Embark on a Career of Impact

The criminal justice field is expected to grow by 7% between 2020 and 2030, meaning that a variety of rewarding careers may be available to you. This degree helps prepare you for roles such as*:

Magistrate Judge
Median Annual Salary: $148,030

Private Investigator
Median Annual Salary: $59,380

Median Annual Salary: $56,230

Correctional Officer
Median Annual Salary: $47,920

Court Clerk
Median Annual Salary: $44,610

Mental Health Counselor
Median Annual Salary: $48,520

*salary statistics provided by the u.s. bureau of labor statistics.