Criminal Justice, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $405.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science program is built with coursework that reflects current trends in criminal justice from faculty who have both practitioner and research expertise. 

Students choose this program to: 

  • Receive a broad academic and multidisciplinary background in criminal justice. 
  • Gain exposure to ethical standards required of leadership positions within the employment areas of law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, private security and the courts.
  • Obtain assistance in gaining employment within criminal justice and related career fields.
  • Cultivate a realistic awareness of present and historical trends of crime and criminal methodology.
  • Stimulate awareness of deviant and abnormal human behavior of concern to criminal justice practitioners.
  • Acquaint students with current literature and research pertaining to the administration of justice.

The Criminal Justice, BS offers two programs of study: 

  • Criminal Justice Comprehensive
  • Criminal Justice Major

Internship: A highlight of the program is the intensive internship that provides hands-on experience in the field. The internship is completed at a location convenient to the student. Students benefit from the connections of the school and faculty. Past placements have included the Nebraska State Patrol and National Security Agency.

Career Outlook: Professionals with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice pursue employment with municipal, county, state or federal government agencies or with private corporations in the areas of law enforcement, corrections, the court system and juvenile justice. Hiring standards in the field are becoming increasingly competitive, giving job seekers who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in criminal justice a distinct advantage. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts sustained growth in the field of criminal justice, a field that includes many different types of professions.

This program is ideal for individuals seeking careers as (a):

  • Police Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Fire Investigator
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.