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Online Criminal Justice (BS)





Make a difference in your community with a Criminal Justice degree!

You want to change your community, your city, this world - we need people like you that care about justice and law that can also serve as a leader full of faith and compassion. Southern Wesleyan seeks to train difference-makers to make an impact for Christ in our local communities using faith-filled curriculum, cutting edge technology, and research-based techniques.


As a Criminal Justice student, you will develop competency in law enforcement, courts, and corrections by studying criminology, criminal law, criminal investigations, forensic science, police and community relations, corrections, fitness in criminal justice, and criminal justice management. You will be able to discuss ethical implications at the local, state, federal, and even at the international level in criminal justice. Our expert faculty will apply their knowledge and skills from their life experience so that you will be prepared for a variety of career paths.

In the Criminal Justice degree program, you'll have a variety of opportunities to learn about future careers. You will experience high-quality academic courses supplemented with practical examples from retired and current criminal justice professionals.

Southern Wesleyan University Criminal Justice students join a confident group of Criminal Justice alumni that are well equipped to enter graduate schools and career opportunities on the local, state, and federal levels.


You might consider a Criminal Justice degree if you have a desire to enter a career in law enforcement, criminal or civil law, corrections, or human services; or plan to advance to law school or other related graduate schools. If you have a passion for serving your community by ensuring public safety or by helping the multitudes that need a second chance, there are many career paths within criminal justice that would allow you to exercise your talents. If you are interested in a career of public service ranging from juvenile delinquency, to law enforcement (local, state, or federal), criminal law prosecution/defense, through corrections (jail, correctional, or probation officer; home incarceration or residential custody management), this program is ideal.


Erin Harrison - Criminal Justice Major

Alejandro Santiago - Criminal Justice Major



Career Preparation

This program opens the door to many career possibilities including:

  • Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement
  • Local, State and Federal Courts (attorney and court officials)
  • Local, State and Federal Corrections (Jail Officers, Prison Officers, Probation Parole and Pardon Officers)
  • Careers in Alternative Sentencing programs (government and private)


Our graduates have gone into a number of careers and have held jobs with employers such as:

  • Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fountain Inn Police Department
  • Greenville County Detention Center
  • Greenville County Sherriff’s Office
  • High Point Police Department
  • Rock Hill Police Department
  • Simpsonville Police Department
  • United States Army
  • United States Marine Corps
  • York County Sheriff’s Office




Admission Requirements for Online Criminal Justice Program

  • Submission of a completed application
  • An official high school transcript if transferring fewer than 15 credit hours from accredited colleges or universities. Minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Home school students must provide evidence of membership in an approved home school association and provide an official transcript with a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; otherwise, applicant must submit GED scores.
  • Transfer students who have attended other colleges or universities must provide official transcripts from each school attended. Students must have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted.
  • Submit military transcripts or police academy transcripts, if applicable.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers can do this evaluation, and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services provides a list of approved agencies. From the NACES list, Southern Wesleyan recommends using World Education Services or Josef Silny.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS test.
  • Satisfactory interview with a designated committee or academic division, if required.

Learn more about transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities.

Have questions? We can help. Connect with an admissions representative at 864-644-5550 or  .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

Additional information related to SWU’s non-discrimination policies include:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Sexual Misconduct Policy (Title IX)

Online Student Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are held on SWU’s campus twice a year in May and December. Online graduates who complete their degree program of study at the conclusion of the summer semester will have their degrees conferred at the December graduation. Letters of completion are available to graduates who wish to confirm to their employers that they have completed their degree program upon request through the Office of Academic Records ( ). We look forward to celebrating with you soon!