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BS in Criminal Justice Studies

About the Criminal Justice Degree

This degree program develops in students a competency in the key areas of Criminal Justice, based on a Christian worldview – that God created the world, He has given us the responsibility to participate in and submit to our government and its’ Criminal Justice System. We believe that the foundation of our government, which includes our Criminal Justice System, is based on God’s supreme authority and His code of justice.


As a Criminal Justice major, you will learn to integrate faith with learning in criminal justice and be able to discuss ethical implications at the local, state, federal, and even at the international level in criminal justice. You will develop competency in law enforcement, courts, and corrections by studying criminology, criminal law, criminal investigations, forensic science, police and community relations, corrections, firearms in criminal justice, fitness in criminal justice, criminal justice management, and social problems. You will develop competency in the knowledge and techniques specific to the many career paths within the American criminal justice system.

IS THe Criminal Justice MAJOR RIGHT FOR YOU?

You might consider a Criminal Justice major 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.

In the Criminal Justice program, students have a variety of ways and opportunities to learn about their future careers. They experience high-quality academic courses supplemented with practical examples from retired and current criminal justice professionals. They receive multiple opportunities to visit and observe a variety of criminal justice workplaces. Substantial effort is made to ensure practical, hands-on, experiential learning occurs in the area of forensics, firearms, and fitness.

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

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Erin Harrison - Criminal Justice Major

Alejandro Santiago - Criminal Justice Major

"Professors in the Criminal Justice program allow an environment that encourages the individual to seek out knowledge about Law Enforcement. Not only do they allow that type of environment, they allow the individual to explore the Christian ethics of the field along with the controversies one may face in the Law Enforcement field. That particular environment has made me a stronger, more Christ-centered officer of the law than I ever thought I could be."

Kayla Underwood, Class of 2012

Your Future

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