Criminal Justice

Become a leader in law enforcement, security management, corrections, investigation, or loss prevention. Earn your Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at Nebraska Wesleyan. Classes will be offered in flexible five- and eight-week sessions, one night a week or on Saturday. The criminal justice degree will help you build a foundation of knowledge in the criminal justice system, learn how sociological factors impact crime, and develop skills relevant to crime investigation and forensic science.

The Nebraska Wesleyan Criminal Justice program prepares students for a wide range of professional positions or graduate study. Students may complete courses such as:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Police and Community
  • Crime and Society
  • Fundamentals of Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence
  • Intro to Forensic Science


The objectives of the Criminal Justice bachelor degree are to provide working adult students an overview of the criminal justice system, to introduce skills and procedures relevant to investigation and forensic science, and to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, security, investigation, corrections and loss prevention. Additionally, you will learn how sociological factors impact crime and criminal dealings.

Fast track to forensic science

Nebraska Wesleyan gives you the opportunity to major in criminal justice and to pursue an accelerated master’s degree in forensic science.

While earning your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, you can choose to take required courses - such as crime scene investigation and evidence - at the graduate level.  Then if you choose to pursue a graduate degree in forensic science, you can earn it in less time because you’ve completed these courses.

Learn about Nebraska Wesleyan’s Forensic Science Program.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some of the fastest growing careers are in the criminal justice field. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice degree opens up more opportunities for career growth and good pay.     

The U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) can help you find out the salary and employment outlook for such criminal justice careers as: Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers, Detectives and Criminal Investigators, Private Detectives and Investigators, Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists, and Forensic Science Technicians.

Special Aptitudes

People planning a career in criminal justice should be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts quickly. In addition, communication skills, critical thinking, listening, nonverbal communication, and problem-solving abilities are valuable assets. Because criminal justice decisions are made on the basis of their statements and services, professionals should have high standards of integrity.

Degree Requirements

The program consists of 39 hours of coursework in the Criminal Justice major.

General education requirements for graduation from Nebraska Wesleyan University must be fulfilled by all candidates for any baccalaureate degree, including the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

See all criminal justice degree courses.

Financial Aid

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Application Process

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