Make a Positive Impact With a B.S. in Criminal Justice

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Discover a Rewarding Career With an Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice professionals are called to protect and serve individuals, families, and communities. Our society needs people like you to become empathetic, ethical, and forward-thinking criminal justice leaders — which is exactly what the online B.S. in Criminal Justice at Athens State University will prepare you to do.

The dynamic field of criminal justice presents a wide variety of well-paying career opportunities that allow you to make an immediate impact. Our affordable program was built to empower your career advancement, whether you’re looking to make your mark in legislation, law enforcement, courts, or corrections. We prepare you to hit the ground running with real-world experiential learning opportunities and internships, giving you the hands-on experiences you need to assume your place as a criminal justice expert.

The online B.S. in Criminal Justice offers multiple concentrations that can be tailored to your unique goals, including a Juvenile Justice Studies degree option where you’ll study juveniles in regard to delinquency, justice, advocacy, prevention, intervention, and research. The program is built for flexibility, meaning that you can complete coursework when and where it makes sense for your schedule. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be prepared for roles such as*:

Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist

Median Annual Salary: $60,250

Police Officer, Detective, or Criminal Investigator

Median Annual Salary: $66,020

Substance Use Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, or Mental Health Counselor

Median Annual Salary: $48,520


Median Annual Salary: $56,230

Court, Municipal, or License Clerk

Median Annual Salary: $44,610

*salary statistics provided by the u.s. bureau of labor statistics

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Why Choose Athens State for Your Criminal Justice Degree?

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Our experienced faculty truly cares about your success, serving as an always-accessible touchpoint to empower your educational journey.

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We’re proud to offer a low-cost, high-value criminal justice degree so that you can embark on a meaningful career without a mountain of debt.

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We’re built to serve transfer students like you, with transfer-friendly policies that allow you to apply credits from your previous educational endeavors.

“Online learning is fantastic. Teachers are still accessible to help you with what you need! Work is very organized and teachers are always sending out announcements on when things are due. I have never had trouble with my online classes. They are a great thing during this pandemic.”


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Our Commitment to an Affordable Online Criminal Justice Degree

We understand the biggest barrier to completing a degree as a returning learner is often the cost — that’s why we’re so proud to be the most affordable state university for both Alabama and Tennessee students. Whether you’re in state or out of state, our online B.S. in Criminal Justice program costs $241 per credit plus fees. Our tuition is so low that our alumni typically recover the costs of their education within six years of graduation, according to a 2019-20 economic impact study by Emsi Burning Glass.

About Athens State University

Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students — whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers — and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.

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