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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Careers in criminal justice offer job security, great pay and benefits, and the chance to make a meaningful difference in the world.

The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is issued by USC Upstate, one of USC's senior campuses.


Criminal justice majors complete a course of study that includes the study of crime, offenders, courts, policing, corrections, and victims. The program is designed to provide students with the background necessary for a criminal justice career, graduate school or law school. 

Students will:

  • Learn to think on their feet
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Understand ethics as it applies to the law
  • Learn the basic tenets of the U.S. Justice System
  • Prepare concise written arguments

This is a liberal arts degree that provides an academic examination of crime and the criminal justice system, not a police academy or technical training school. Students interested in forensic science should pursue a degree in the sciences instead. 
See the curriculum


Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must have 45-60 hours of college credit to apply for this online degree completion program.  If you haven't earned your hours yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any accredited college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College advisor.

Total requirements for this degree: 120 hours
Major requirements available online: 60+ hours
GPA: 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.
Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.


Important Dates

Semester Application Deadline Missing Documents Final Registration  Tuition Deadline Class Start
Fall 2017 Currently accepting applications August 24, 2017 August 24, 2017 August 17, 2017 (Tentative) August 24, 2017


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If you've already talked to a Palmetto College advisor, just follow the application instructions for this degree.