Bachelor of Science in General Studies: Criminal Justice Specialization

  • Overview

    This degree completion, general studies program in Criminal Justice is designed for the student who has previous college credits, and would like to earn a degree that could take less time and cost less money than many other Bachelor's degree programs with greater core course requirements.

    This specialization provides graduates with opportunities to work in the broad field of law enforcement. This includes policing, corrections, paralegal, public administration, security, criminology, private investigation, and insurance investigation. The curriculum has been developed by law enforcement professionals with both practical and academic expertise, and it offers a solid background in criminal justice laws and theories.

    At a Glance

    • Flexible online format that allows you to study at your own schedule, at your own pace and at your own location.

    • Courses include examination of criminal justice from a sociological and legal perspective.

    • Courses blend content with prior or current professional experience, allowing for immediate application in the work setting.

    • Faculty with practical experience in law enforcement and criminal justice work one-on-one with you to ensure your success.

    • Flexible online format that allows you to study at your own schedule, at your own pace and at your own location. No on-campus residency required.

  • Curriculum

    This bachelor’s degree requires students to complete 128 semester-hours credit, 25 percent of which must be completed through Saint Joseph’s College. 18 semester-hours credit in the bachelor’s degree specialization area must be earned through Saint Joseph’s College. The criminal justice specialization can also be earned as an Associate of Science degree, since both the bachelor's and associate degree programs share the same core courses.

  • Some of our faculty

    • Donald Ladd

      MBA, Husson College
      BS, Husson College
      AS, New Hampshire Technical College

    • Sherrie Winton

      Director, General Studies Program

      Ph.D., University of Maine at Orono
      M. Ed., University of Southern Maine

    • Sue Poulin

      M.S., University of Southern Maine
      B.A., University of Southern Maine

    Donald Ladd

    MBA, Husson College
    BS, Husson College
    AS, New Hampshire Technical College

    Sherrie Winton

    Director, General Studies Program

    Ph.D., University of Maine at Orono
    M. Ed., University of Southern Maine

    Sue Poulin

    M.S., University of Southern Maine
    B.A., University of Southern Maine

  • Student Stories

    • Richard Brendan Maloney

      Saint Joseph's College online is convenient and administration is very friendly. I've made great connections with professors. 

    • Giovanna Carvelli

      Saint Joseph's College is a great school with so many opportunities and flexibilities for its students!

    • David Shaggy

      Overall experience is great. Good staff, advisors, professors. Feels more like home.

  • Career Moves

    Job opportunities in most local police departments will be favorable for qualified individuals, whereas competition is expected for jobs in state and federal agencies. As-fast-as-average employment growth is expected. Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow 10 percent over the 2008–18 decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations.