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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

About the Program

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Shift your lens. When you understand crime as a social phenomenon, you can become a positive force for change. At Columbus State, you'll learn to think critically and creatively about why crime occurs and how justice is shaped by complex economic and political forces.

Columbus State's Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice program helps students develop a real-world perspective on crime and the U.S. legal system. Our curriculum emphasizes criminology and corrections theory, victimology, investigative methods, and communication skill-building. Traditional coursework is enhanced through internships, guided field experiences, and one-on-one mentorships.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree prepares you for a broad range of careers including:

  • U.S. Homeland Security agent
  • City or state police officer
  • State trooper
  • Correctional officer
  • Fish and game warden
  • Crime scene/forensics investigator

Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for police officers and detectives will grow 5% from 2018-2028. The median annual salary for professionals in this field was more than $63,000 in 2018.

Degree Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

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Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

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