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Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice

Start or advance your career in the criminal justice system with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice (BSCJ). This online criminal justice degree program is your path to professional public service in corrections, the courts, law enforcement and other areas of the criminal justice system.

Goals and Course Topics

BSCJ graduates will be equipped to pursue local, state and federal criminal justice occupations. You’ll develop theoretical background and practical analytical skills, communication and reasoning skills and an understanding of research and statistics applicable to criminal justice and law enforcement.


Learning experiences and assignments in this program emphasize real-world application of theories to criminal justice workplace settings. Course topics include:

  • Psychology and theories of criminal causation
  • Social class, interaction and social change
  • Criminal law and prosecutions
  • Corrections, rehabilitation and intervention
  • Human development and juvenile delinquency
  • The U.S. court system

Criminal Justice Degree Format

This criminal justice degree program is offered entirely online for maximum flexibility. Course material is as rigorous as an on-campus program. You’ll learn from instructors experienced in the fields they teach as well as seasoned educators. Small classes allow discussions connecting the material and actual work experiences. 

Who This Online Criminal Justice Degree Program Is For

The bachelors criminal justice program applicants should have either graduated from high school with official transcripts showing the equivalent of a 2.0 GPA, or hold a GED® with a score of 250 or higher on the paper-based test or 500 on the computer-based test.

A student may be exempt from submitting a high school transcript if one of the following conditions are met:

  1. The student has 12 or more transferable credits with a grade of “C” or better from a regionally accredited college or university and the transcript from the regionally accredited institution shows that the student was degree-seeking.
  2. Student is an active member or veteran of American armed forces.

This is an online degree program, so you must have access to an Internet-connected computer.

Averett University has Articulation Agreements for credit transfer with Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, Central Shenandoah Regional Criminal Justice Academy, Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy and Prince William County Police Department Criminal Justice Academy.


Request more information on our online Bachelors Criminal Justice and other graduate and professional studies programs.


Admissions requirements, transfer credit guidelines and graduate requirements are outlined in our GPS Catalog. An Admissions Counselor will help you order your official transcripts and Averett will pay the associated costs. We will evaluate your transcripts to determine the degree program for which you qualify.

"My motivation is to better myself and to better my chances for advancement within my career field. I feel like I'm obtaining my goals through Averett."

- Mitchell Harris, BSCJ '17

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Register by September 11th to start
Sociology and Criminal Justice Classes September 25th

Next session starts October 30th
  1. Sep11 Application deadline
  2. Sep25 Program start date
  3. Oct16 Next application deadline
  4. Oct30 Next program start date
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