Criminal Justice Bachelor

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Overview

Looking for a career where you can make a real difference? There is no more noble profession than keeping your fellow citizens free from harm. What’s more, it’s a truly fascinating career. Today’s criminal justice professionals work in a variety of settings involving investigations, security, law enforcement, forensic science, and technology.

If this sounds like the career you’re looking for, consider ECPI University’s Criminal Justice program. Through ECPI’s year-round schedule, you could earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in as little as 2.5 years! An Associate Degree program is also available at select campuses which can help prepare graduates for entry level employment in the Criminal Justice field, and could be earned in as little as 1.5 years.

ECPI’s program is designed to help prepare graduates for exciting career opportunities with:

  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Homeland Security
  • Border Protection
  • Corrections
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Public and Private Security (including Workplace Security and Surveillance)

ECPI’s curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of:

  • Policies and procedures of law enforcement
  • Legal system and court structure
  • Security and surveillance principles
  • Technology to investigate, solve, track, and deter crime

Criminal Justice Curriculum

Program Requirements

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.

Concentration Requirements

Visit the ECPI University Catalog for the most current program information.

Criminal Justice Program Description

ECPI University builds all of its programs around one guiding principle: LEARN BY DOING.  That’s especially important for those studying Criminal Justice because knowing what to do in critical situations can literally save a life. ECPI’s Criminal Justice program focuses on real-world application of criminological principles. This program can prepare graduates to play a vital role in the investigation and prosecution of criminals in both the physical world and cyberspace.
Students are expected develop knowledge and skills in such areas as:

  • Anti-Terrorism and Homeland Security Functions
  • Law Enforcement, Security, Surveillance, and Investigations
  • Courtroom Procedures
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Corrections

Criminal Justice Possible Career Track

Upon completion, graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminal Justice Degree could possibly pursue a career in a wide range of areas including:

  • Police Officers
  • State Troopers
  • Corrections
  • Federal Officer / Investigative Positions (including those related to FBI, CIA, DEA, and TSA)
  • Insurance Investigations
  • Probation and Parole
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
  • Court Systems or Law Firms
  • Park Rangers
  • Private Security

Criminal Justice Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Execute ethical standards across professional and personal settings.
  • Critically evaluate the quality and sufficiency of evidence to support a criminal justice argument (case or proposal).
  • Integrate scientific inquiry into the analysis of criminal justice issues.
  • Analyze human behavior and the impact on crime.
  • Execute policies and protocols when emergency and criminal situations occur.

Students in the Criminal Justice concentration are expected to gain the following additional outcomes:

  • Apply evidentiary law to real and hypothetical fact situations.
  • Apply best practices in crime scene management and digital forensic investigation.
  • Perform security surveys.
  • Apply law enforcement policies and procedures to real world scenarios.
  • Evaluate evidence based rehabilitative and treatment practices utilized in adult and juvenile justice.