Through our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program, you’ll explore the world of protective services by studying diverse perspectives on politics, cultures, justice systems, and crime. Our curriculum covers the history of the criminal justice system, where it is now, how it is evolving, its strengths, and its weaknesses. You’ll build on fundamental knowledge in criminal and constitutional law, crisis intervention, domestic violence, terrorism, evidence and procedure, and investigation and forensics—all in prepared for a career in areas like protective services, law enforcement, corrections, crime prevention and support services, court administration and general security.

The Administration of Justice specialization of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice provides wide exposure to a broad set of issues in criminal justice. This specialization is advantageous for students who wish to pursue a career in criminal justice but are unsure just what area of the field is of the most interest.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice specializing in Administration of Justice can lead to the following career paths:

  • Parole/Probation Officer (Adult or Juvenile)
  • Police Officer (State, County or Local)
  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Counselor
  • Case Manager (jail/prison)
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Security Officer
  • State Trooper
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crime Analyst
  • Crime Victims Service
  • Child Protective Services
  • Fraud Investigator
  • US Postal Inspector
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent
  • Private Detective
  • Bailiff
  • OR as an agent with a variety of federal agencies like FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, US Marshals and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement

Course Format

Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on ground at our Salem, West Virginia campus. Courses are delivered in a monthly format (4-weeks) and completed on ground, online, or through a blended approach that uses both delivery methods. 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. Traditional on ground programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students.