Where information technology and criminal justice overlap, you have a specialized field of professionals who perform vital work to ensure the security of data and information, investigate bad actors and threats within the digital space, and understand the nuances of law and justice in the cyber era.

About Salem’s BS Information Technology Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Salem University can position you as a skilled professional at the intersection of the technology and legal industries. This program focuses on the fundamental ways that IT serves as part of the criminal justice field on a national and international level, always keeping in mind Salem’s mission to train the next generation of global leaders. Students can choose to study at our beautiful Salem, West Virginia campus, or take criminal justice online classes. A BS information technology degree can also be a great stepping off point toward getting your Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) or your Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

We’ve designed our BS information technology degree curriculum with the goal of providing a high-quality education that prepares you for lifelong learning. We aim to develop your leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage all of our students to read critically, ask appropriate questions, gather information, and apply critical analysis. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule. Salem offers STEM Designated Degree Programs identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, signaling their importance to the nation and the world.

What Can I Do With a BS Information Technology Degree?

A BS information technology degree with an emphasis in criminal justice can help you prepare for entry-level employment in careers like:

  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Network Inspection, Investigation, and Compliance
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Computer Forensics Analyst

You could also qualify for a position as an agent with a variety of federal agencies like FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

What Will I Learn in Salem’s BS Information Technology Degree Program?

As a graduate of Salem’s BS Information Technology — Criminal Justice program, you should be ready to enter the marketplace with demonstrable skills in systems and database administration. In addition, you will have developed your knowledge of systems management and IT project management skills. The core program provides a foundation for students to learn how to apply information technology theory and principles to address real-world opportunities and challenges in the management and operations of information systems and networks. We unite instruction with real-world application in the classroom, and all of this is brought together in a capstone project where you will demonstrate your mastery of the topics and skills you’ve learned.

In your specialized Criminal Justice courses, you will cover topics like:

  • The history and sources of criminal law, coupled with analysis of the substantive elements of specific offenses
  • Criminal procedure, from arrest to post-conviction remedies, and laws of evidence and arrest, search and seizure, right to counsel, due process, civil remedies, and more
  • The logical and scientific principles necessary for the detection and investigative analysis of criminal activities, including wiretaps, undercover operations, informants, surveillance, and extradition
  • An in-depth look at important cases that have passed through the U.S. Supreme Court and their subsequent historical and political impact
  • Modern management theory in criminal justice and the application of management techniques appropriate to each area of the system, including civil liability, political power, ethics, and interagency cooperation

What IT and Criminal Justice Online Classes Will I Take?

Whether you pursue your BS Information Technology — Criminal Justice online or on-campus, you will be required to complete 75 foundational and elective credits, as well as 30 core information technology credits that include:

  • IT110 IT Essentials
  • IT130 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
  • IT150 Computer Programming
  • IT151 Computer Programming 2
  • IT202 Internet Publishing
  • IT310 Database Architecture
  • IT323 Methods of Software Development
  • IT409 Basic Networking
  • IT445 IT Project Management
  • IT499 Senior Capstone Project

You will also take 15 credits in the Criminal Justice specialization:

  • CJU205 Criminal Law
  • CJU210 Criminal Procedure
  • CJU230 Criminal Investigations
  • CJU405 Constitutional Law
  • CJU449 Criminal Justice Management

How Long Will It Take to Get My BS Information Technology Degree?

On average, a full-time student can earn their Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Criminal Justice in approximately 40 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

Take the Next Step

If you’re interested in getting started on your BS Information Technology — Criminal Justice degree from Salem University, now is a great time to request more information or, better yet, chat with us live.