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Bachelor of Science – Sociology & Criminal Justice



Bachelor of Science in Sociology & Criminal Justice

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Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice Degree

Start or enhance your career in human services with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice (BSCJ) degree. This online, accelerated, interdisciplinary program prepares you to serve the community in a wide variety of local, state and federal government jobs. Our graduates go on to pursue careers in public safety, law enforcement, juvenile justice, probation and parole, corrections, victim advocacy, research, private security administration, victim services, community advocacy, court services, social services, social and public relations, education, health services, community services, counseling, business, nonprofit administration, social work, public administration and law.

The BSCJ degree is designed to give you a broad-based professional preparation to empower you to make the right decisions and choices, not just within a professional framework, but also within a humanistic context of demonstrating integrity, respect for others, compassion, empathy, ethics, fairness, and embracing and developing positive community relations within the human services and public safety professions. 

Goals and Course Topics

As a BSCJ graduate, you will understand the nature of social lives, social change, diverse communities, social behavior and social challenges. You will apply real-world research methods and theoretical analysis to evaluate programs and find practical solutions to complex social problems. You’ll develop skills in creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution, negotiation, enhanced communication, collaboration, mediation, de-escalation and an enhanced understanding of our place within a multicultural community and global context.

Furthermore, you will develop the appropriate skills and knowledge to become a creative and critical thinker in order to serve your communities as an effective communicator, community problem solver, community builder, and aspire for positive social change in your work environment and in the communities you serve. 

Learning experiences and assignments in this criminal justice and sociology degree program emphasize real-world application of theories and solutions in human services settings. Course topics include:

  • Criminological and Sociological Theories of Criminal Causation
  • Social Class, Interaction and Social Change
  • Criminal Law and Prosecutions
  • Crisis Intervention and Tactical Intervention
  • Corrections, Rehabilitation and Intervention
  • Human Services and Juvenile Delinquency
  • The U.S. Court System
  • Problem Solving and Community Building Strategies

Sociology and Criminal Justice Degree Minors


  • Detective
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker

Criminal Justice Degree Format

The BSCJ undergraduate program is offered entirely online for maximum flexibility and accessibility for adult learners. Course materials are as rigorous as an on-campus program and taught by professors with significant experience in criminal justice and sociology fields. Most students take one eight-week course at a time, two per term with three terms per year – allowing for degree completion in less than two years. Small classes allow substantial online interaction to connect course materials to real-life work experiences and examples.

Averett University’s commitment to community engagement provides for many opportunities for students to maximize their academic and professional pursuits.

Who This Online Criminal Justice Degree Program Is For

BSCJ applicants should be passionate about criminal justice and/or social services. The program is for high school graduates with some college and work experience and a cumulative high school and college GPA of at least 2.0, preferably in fields related to criminal justice or sociology. This is an online degree program so you must have access to an Internet-connected computer.

Averett University has Articulation Agreements with many community colleges facilitating up to 90 college credits that may transfer to the BSCJ degree program. We have Articulation Agreements with many regional criminal justice academies facilitating up to 30 credits that may transfer into the BSCJ degree program. Your military background and/or academy credits may yield up to 36 credits – which is equivalent to more than a year of completion! 


An Admissions Counselor will guide you through the application process including helping you request your official transcripts – and Averett will pay the associated costs. We will then review your transcripts and all application materials for admission. 

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