Earn a specialized criminal justice degree, 100% online.

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program from West Virginia State University provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the modern criminal justice system and its relationship with society. The curriculum is informed by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and coursework features an in-depth study of the perpetrators and causes of crime from a theoretical and practical framework. Graduates of this program have a knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural, racial and gender issues within the criminal justice system and are prepared for careers as responsible criminal justice professionals.

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Course List

General Education Requirements

39 credit hours needed

Criminal Justice Core

51 credit hours

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Police and Society
  • Punishment and Corrections
  • Victimology
  • Court Systems in the U.S.
  • Criminal Law
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Race and Gender Issues
  • Statistics for Professional Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Communications for Criminal Justice Professionals I
  • Criminology
  • Communications for Criminal Justice Professionals II
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Management in Criminal Justice
  • Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Certificate Program - Generalist

Choose 4 of the following; 3 credit hours each

  • Special Topics
  • Crimes in the Family
  • International Terrorism
  • Law and Social Control
  • Sex Crimes
  • Homicide Investigation
Certificate Program - Law Enforcement

Choose 4 of the following; 3 credit hours each

  • Contemporary Issues in Policing
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Internship in CJ
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Interviewing and Interrogation
Certificate Program - Corrections

Choose 4 of the following; 3 credit hours each

  • Community Corrections
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Correctional Law
  • Internship in CJ
  • Treatment of Offenders
Certificate Program - Investigation

Choose 4 of the following; 3 credit hours each

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Fingerprinting
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Interviewing and Interrogation
Elective Requirements

18 credit hours needed


Upon graduation from this program, you will be qualified for a wide variety of criminal justice careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals in this fast-paced field earn average salaries of around $60,200 per year. Police and detectives can expect to see career growth through 2024. Other potential careers include:

  • Careers in Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Corrections Officer
  • Corrections Counselors
  • Probation Officers
  • Juvenile Probation Officers
  • Victim’s Advocates
  • Park Rangers
  • Fraud Investigators
  • Forensics Investigator
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Private Security/Loss Prevention
  • Preparation for Graduate School and Law School
  • Crime Scene Investigator