Whether you live in a small county, big city, or quiet suburb, there are jobs available in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Central Christian College of Kansas (CCCK) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice geared toward working law enforcement professionals.
Each course in the program is six weeks long and you complete coursework 100% online, on a timetable that fits your schedule. We break down everything you need to know about the online criminal justice program at CCCK in this blog.
Until its transition to a four-year college, Central Christian College of Kansas was the oldest accredited junior college in Kansas, having been recognized and accredited by the State Department of Education in 1918. In 1991, the institution awarded its first bachelor’s degree and in 1999, Central College changed its name to Central Christian College of Kansas, in line with its status as a four-year, private, non-profit baccalaureate institution.
In 2000, Central Christian was recognized as a four-year, private, not-for-profit college by the Carnegie Foundation and expanded its accreditation with the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission.
Central Christian has been approved to offer education for those who qualify for educational benefits under the Veterans Administration Educational Program. Central Christian College of Kansas has also been approved by the U.S. Office of Education for administering federal programs of student aid.
The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in 1895, the HLC accredits postsecondary institutions in 19 states including Kansas. CCCK’s regional accreditation is a testament to its commitment to academic excellence and a quality education.
To be accredited by the HLC an institution must meet four core criteria:
The organization’s mission is clear and articulate.
The institution acts with integrity, ethics, and responsibility.
The postsecondary institution provides a high quality academic offerings no matter what the medium, whether it’s on-campus or online.
The institution is responsible for and consistently evaluates the quality/effectiveness of its educational offerings.
Criminal Justice Curriculum
A total of 120 credit hours are required to earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from CCCK. 48 credit hours must be from the Criminal Justice core curriculum. The remaining program requirements are divided between foundational skills (18 credit hours), liberal arts (27 credit hours), and electives (27 credit hours).
The core curriculum gives you a foundation in criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic science, and corrections. Coursework addresses a wide range of issues including terrorism/counterterrorism, crisis management, and social psychology. This online criminal justice degree program culminates in a capstone course designed to integrate the student learning experience in preparation for professional placement or additional educational endeavors.
Criminal Justice Career Outcomes
With a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you can pursue careers with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as opportunities in the private sector. Career options include:
Police Officer: One of the most popular occupations for Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice graduates, police officers are responsible for public safety by upholding laws and regulations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for police officers is about $62,000.
Fish and Game Warden: A fish and game Warden enforces laws related to hunting, fishing and investigates reports of wildlife damage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary is about $58,000 per year.
Probation Officer: A probation officer evaluates and supervises individuals who have been placed in custody or placed on probation/parole. The average median pay is about $51,000 per year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
FBI Agent: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents specialize in investigating a wide variety of topics such as cybercrime and terrorism. In order to become an FBI agent, you must hold a bachelor’s degree, possess a high level of physical fitness, retain the ability to obtain security clearance, and possess a valid driver’s license. Applicants must be at least 23 years old and apply before their 36th birthday. The average media pay for an FBI agent is approximately $63,000 per year according to Payscale.com
Private Investigator: Background verifications, legal research, and surveillance are just a few of the services offered by private investigators. Private-sector companies and investigation services are the main employers of this profession According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay is slightly over $50,000 per year.
Want to Know More?
Do you have additional questions about CCCK’s Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice? We’d love to speak with you and speak with you about the program! Our dedicated team of Enrollment Advisors is ready to take your call at 1-877-299-1531. You can also reach out to us digitally by filling out the form here.