Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement

SAGU’s Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement program provides both a bachelor’s degree and police academy certification in the same amount of time it takes to obtain a bachelor’s degree alone. You will explore correctional rehabilitation strategies and gain insights into the inner workings of the criminal justice system, attend a Texas police academy (or transfer in credit hours if you have them) and graduate with a peace officer certificate and a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree. This program goes beyond theoretical learning by including practical skills training and emphasizing ethical decision-making. You will emerge as a well-rounded professional prepared to handle challenging situations with tact, integrity, and efficiency. Candidates with these qualifications and skills are highly sought after by employers.

Why Major in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement at SAGU?

Real-World Experience and Resources

With SAGU’s Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement program, you’ll gain numerous benefits that will shape your professional journey. The comprehensive curriculum not only provides a strong foundation in criminal justice & law enforcement principles but also enhances practical skills and will expose you to real-world scenarios. This degree requires the completion of a police academy training program at an authorized site. SAGU has a partnership with a local police academy, and you’ll be able to complete your peace officer certification while working on your B.A.A.S. degree. Incoming students may also transfer in hours from an accredited police academy with proper documentation. In just a few years, you’ll graduate with a well-rounded, Christ-centered education, practical training, and the opportunity to pursue your career aspirations in the field of criminal justice & law enforcement.

The SAGU Difference

As a criminal justice and law enforcement student at SAGU, you’ll receive training from faculty with advanced academic degrees and extensive experience in the law enforcement and corrections fields.

Our campus culture is rooted in worship and the Bible, creating a Spirit-filled community that fosters holistic growth. With our strong community partnerships, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources and opportunities to expand your knowledge beyond the classroom. As you pursue your calling in life, our faculty, staff, and peers will provide support and encouragement to help you grow in faith and leadership.

Affordability and Value

At SAGU, we want to help you concentrate on achieving your goals rather than worrying about finances. In addition to being able to complete your undergraduate degree and peace officer certification at an accelerated pace (saving you time and money), we aim to provide affordable tuition fees along with generous financial aid packages. In fact, 90% of our student body are awarded financial assistance. We want to ensure that you have the information and resources you need to finance your education without any unnecessary burdens.

Exemplary Online Program

If you’re interested in earning your degree online, you can enroll in SAGU criminal justice & law enforcement classes virtually, and work on completing the peace officer requirements through our partnership with the police academy (which is only available in person). You’ll have access to the same rigorous, Biblically-based education in a flexible format that works for you. Our faculty are experts in online learning, and they’ll ensure you stay on track to graduate. Network with classmates from across the country as part of our online community, and access helpful online resources from SAGU.

Learn more about SAGU’s online degree options

What You’ll Learn in the Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Degree Program

The Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement degree is designed to equip you with basic foundations, concepts, theories and skills in criminal justice with the requirements needed to go into law enforcement. You’ll get the advantage of instructions from a Christian perspective. Be prepared for various criminal justice and law enforcement vocations and graduate with the qualifications employers are looking for.

General Education Studies

You’ll complete 42 hours of general education studies, which will include 18 hours of Biblical studies, for a well-rounded college education. These courses will give you the speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills you need to communicate and solve problems in your future vocation.

Major Studies

Develop your educational and leadership skills with your coursework as a Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement student. Major studies (30 hours) will include classes such as:

  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Advanced Penology
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Correctional Psychology
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
View the SAGU Catalog for course descriptions

Careers and Outcomes for Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Graduates

While police officers make up a large portion of the professionals working in law enforcement, there are many career options to consider. With the wide range of roles available, you can find a job that is a good fit for your unique interests, skills, talents, and salary expectations:

Your Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement degree prepares you for career possibilities that include:

  • Border Patrol
  • Crime Analysis
  • Criminal Investigator
  • FBI Agent
  • Security Officer
  • US Marshall
  • Law Enforcement Instructor
  • Security Management

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Strengthen Your Faith and Biblical Knowledge through SAGU’s Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement.

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