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Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

There’s more to law enforcement than just catching the bad guy. If your interests lie in the fields of corrections and justice, you may want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice to explore all your career options in this growing field.

As a criminal justice major, you will learn to understand the roles of society and law enforcement and how these two entities interact and respond to unacceptable behavior. Our criminal justice courses in the criminal justice degree program will help you develop leadership, research and writing skills and strengthen your critical-thinking skills as you acquire the knowledge necessary to succeed in one of a number of criminal justice career choices. Upon completing your major in criminal justice, you will be prepared to pursue graduate studies or enter the field of criminal justice as an ethical, effective professional.

What can I do with a criminal justice degree?

You might be wondering, just what can I do with a criminal justice degree anyway? What kind of criminal justice degree jobs can I pursue? Plenty, actually. Your bachelor’s in criminal justice from Kentucky-based* University of the Cumberlands can help prepare you for a wide range of careers, including:

  • State Police Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • DEA Agent
  • Customs Enforcement Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • ATF Agent
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Police Officer

*Positions applicable throughout the nation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration is expected to fill more than 807,000 openings by 2026. 


Do you have what it takes to be a leader on campus and make your mark on the criminal justice industry? If so, fill out the form on this page and find out what a bachelor’s in criminal justice from UC can do for you! Let’s talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities and more!

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A University of the Cumberlands degree prepares you for the rigors of the professional world.  Click the button to learn more about the exciting career opportunities you can pursue with this program.