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Criminal Justice Online

Get the credentials you need to advance your career. With a broad foundation in the social sciences, the Criminal Justice online degree-completion program at Newberry College prepares students for a wide variety of exciting career paths and you will be well-prepared for graduate school should you wish to pursue an advanced degree. 

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Available Majors, Minors, and Concentrations


Although law enforcement is the career goal for many Criminal Justice majors, the breadth and depth of the program across the social sciences provides students with ample preparation for a wide variety of career paths. The program helps create a solid foundation in social science principles and scientific inquiry that will prepare you for a wide variety of careers and/or graduate studies.



You can earn your Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice 100% online — a flexible, convenient and cost-effective way to launch your rewarding career in criminal justice and other related fields. Newberry College's online courses last 7.5 weeks each, with two sub-terms per trimester. You can take up to 15 credits per term (two sub-terms).


You must complete 120 total credit hours to graduate with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Newberry College. You may transfer up to 72 approved credit hours, which can include 18 hours of Criminal Justice credits and 54 hours of General Education credits. The Criminal Justice online degree-completion program requires 57 semester hours distributed across the following disciplines:


  • Criminal Justice Foundation Courses
  • Criminal Justice Electives
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences



COL 110: Online Academic Success (3 cr) -- Prepares students with strategies for success in a fully online program. 


PSY 120: General Psychology (3 cr) -- Explores basic principles of behavior: sensation and perception, conditioning and learning, memory and language, emotion and motivation, intelligence, and social influences on behavior and related topics in the broad field of psychology. 


POS 343: Constitutional Law (3 cr) -- Explores the background and significance of significant Supreme Court decisions trom 1789 to present with focus on civil liberties and civil rights. 


CRJ 246 (SOC 246): Criminology (3 cr) -- Compares and contrasts theories of criminal behavior from the viewpoint of multiple disciplines including sociology, psychology, social psychology, anthropology, theology and philosophy. Explores explore theories as they related to ethical issues, law enforcement, courts, law, general policy implications and current social issues. 


CRJ 312: Criminal Justice & the Law (3 cr) [Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or CRJ 246] -- Analysis of the American criminal justice system, focusing on the nature of criminal law, roles and functions of police, the criminal justice process, the court system, and treatment of offenders.


SSC 220: Social Research Methods (3 cr) -- Introduces basic social sciences research methodology focusing on methods of research, experimental and proper variable manipulation. 



  • Elective -- CRJ 315: Victimology (3 cr) -- Course emphasizes the theoretical and empirical approach to the examination of victims, explores different types of victims and how to assist them. 
  • Elective -- CRJ 340: Management in Criminal Justice Organizations (3 cr) [Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or CRJ 246 and 212.] -- Explores historical and contemporary management strategies that have been employed in criminal justice organizations. 


CRJ 310: Judicial Process (3 cr) [Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or CRJ 246 and 212] -- Explores the purpose and structure of local and federal court systems and the process for adjudicating cases.


SSC 230: Introduction to Statistics for Social Scientists (3 cr) [Prerequisite: MAT 111 or higher, excluding MAT 221 or 222] -- Basic skills and concepts, including descriptive statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, chi-square and correlation analysis. This course satisfies the Quantitative Literacy (QL) criteria for the Core Curriculum.


CRJ 300: Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 cr) -- Fundamentals of ethical behavior as it relates to the American criminal justice system. Applies classical and contemporary ethical theories to the discussion of such issues as discretion, corruption, use of force, racism, deception and the nature and meaning of justice.


CRJ 317: Diverse Populations & Criminal Justice (3 cr) -- Examines race, gender, class and other diversity topics within the U.S. Criminal Justice System with emphasis on the importance of diversity in the development, organization and operation of the Criminal Justice system.


CRJ 403: Capstone Course (3 cr) -- Students plan, research, write and present to the course instructor and audience members a scholarly research paper demonstrating their understanding of a subject relevant to their study in criminal justice. 


Additional courses that may be necessary to fulfill the Online Liberal Arts Core requirements (pending transfer credits)

Gen Ed – Religion (3)

Gen Ed – Fine Arts (3)

Gen Ed -- SPE 110 (3)

Gen Ed – HIS 120 (3)

Gen Ed -- Lab SCI (4)


  • Complete the Online Programs application for admission.
  • Have official transcripts sent from all academic institutions from which we will be considering credits for transfer. 
  • Have at least 45 hours of previously earned credit to transfer into the Newberry College online degree-completion program.
  • Have a grade of “C” or better on any prerequisite courses for the major.
  • Review your free credit evaluation and complete your Degree Completion Roadmap with your program advisor so you’ll know exactly where you stand now and what comes next. 

Completion Track Courses  -- $395 per credit hour

You may be eligible for tuition assistance through the South Carolina Tuition Grant. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at


Newberry College school code:  003440


Criminal Justice Online Program Expenses 

  • Application fee – No fee to apply at Newberry College
  • Student Services fees – Included in your tuition
  • Course Resource fee – Included in your tuition
  • Testing fees – Included in your tuition
  • Books and Supplies – Varies by course requirements; approximately $100 -- $300 per course
  • Transcript fees (transferring schools) – Varies by institution, typically $20 - $30 per school.



Our admission counselors are ready to answer questions and walk you through the application process. Email or call 1.800.845.4955 to request assistance.

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Career Possibilities

  • Attorney
  • Law Enforcement
  • Paralegal
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Juvenile Detention Specialist
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Park Ranger
  • Correctional Officer
  • Security Analyst
  • USPS Inspector
  • Police Officer
  • CIA / FBI Agent
  • Victim Advocate
  • Criminal Profiler


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