Bachelor of Arts

Criminal Justice

Average Time to Complete 2 years

About the Program

MBU | Bachelor’s | Online – The fast-paced expansion of all areas of the criminal justice system is creating a demand for skilled professionals as never before in local, state, and federal systems and in community-based organizations. “The mission of the Criminal Justice program at Mary Baldwin University is to produce graduates who utilize critical thinking skills to better understand and analyze crime and the criminal justice system by focusing on the social, cultural and political dimensions of these systems in the United States and the World. The continually changing nature of crime requires and understanding of societal changes that affect the practice of criminal justice. Our curriculum includes both academic and applied coursework with opportunities for practical application of classroom concepts.”

With over 55,000 agencies in the United States that are part of the Criminal Justice System, the need for qualified, educated practitioners is greater than ever. The well-prepared professional should be knowledgeable and skilled in every component of, and the issues that influence, the Criminal Justice System in order to effectively address the public’s demand for protection and services. Most Federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree to be considered for employment.

Academic majors and minors in the Criminal Justice program are encouraged to be critical thinkers and explore and analyze issues with a solid theoretical foundation and scientific research methods. The program is available fully online through Baldwin Online and Adult Programs Courses in Social Systems, Public Policy and Administration, Ethics, with emphasis in Anthropology, Criminology, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems and Deviance are complimented by instruction in the application of professional services. Skills learned in these courses enable students to critically analyze the complex factors generating crime, the societal issues associated with crime, and the institutional responses to crime.

Experience matters. In Mary Baldwin’s Criminal Justice Program our community partners provide the hands-on experience you need. Options include:

  • Staunton Police Department
  • Waynesboro Police Department
  • Augusta County Sheriff’s Department
  • Office on Youth
  • Middle River Regional Jail
  • SAW Coalition
  • Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Detention Center
  • Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice

These are just a few of the organizations that are available to help you learn through direct on-the-job experience.

Recent graduates from Mary Baldwin University are currently working as lawyers, police officers, and social workers. They are employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security and all branches of the military. We will gladly put you in contact with alumnae in the criminal justice field.

Career Paths

  • Corrections officer
  • Game warden
  • Parole officer
  • Private investigator
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Customs agent

Courses & Requirements

36+ Credit Hours

Need to meet major requirements (48) plus degree requirements (126) either through MBU or transfer course work; a minimum of 36 need to be taken through MBU.

Cost & Financial Aid

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Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

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