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Serve your community and enjoy a rewarding career in various fields of law enforcement with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.

The UAFS criminal justice program is well known for providing students with the perfect blend of scientific theory, facts, concepts, and practical training. This comprehensive approach to learning allows students to understand and dissect criminal justice issues and identify practical solutions to criminal justice system problems.

Our program prepares students to work in corrections, legal systems,  forensic science, criminal investigation, and other areas. Graduates are highly sought after by employers for their evaluative thinking, problem-solving skills, and passion for their discipline.
Earning this B.S. prepares you for a variety of supervisory and managerial careers in the broader field of criminal justice, such as:
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Detective
  • FBI Agent
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Private and Corporate Investigator
  • Security

We are proud that, on average, 87 percent of our students are employed in a job they desire or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports careers in criminal justice are growing faster than average and are expected to grow by about 5 percent between 2019 and 2029.



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Related Degrees

This 60-credit hour program provides continuing education for professionals already employed in the field as well as prepares students for entry-level careers in federal law enforcement, state and police work, probational parole, and/or corrections. The courses in this program may be applied to the bachelor's degree.



This 18-credit hour program is a structured selection of courses by which a student can enrich his or her academic preparation. This minor complements a major by broadening the student's experience.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S. in criminal justice, students will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in criminal justice including research design, data analysis, interpretation, and synthesis. Employing skeptical inquiry and using the scientific method to solve various problems in criminal justice is imperative.
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors and decision-making abilities required of criminal justice practitioners by identifying ethical dilemmas and the affected parties and applying frameworks to resolve them within the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate understanding of major concepts, facts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in criminal justice and apply disciplinary principles and assumptions to critical issues in criminal justice.
  • Interpret and analyze sources of information on criminal justice and other areas to ascertain validity, reliability, and creditability.

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