Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The First Step to Serving Your Community

Empowering You to Change Your World.

Prepare for careers in law enforcement, victim support, court support, and more with the fully online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan University.

Our online B.A. in Criminal Justice program is taught by professors with real-world experience, including lawyers, criminologists, police officers, NCIS officers, and homicide detectives. Benefit from their expertise as you develop knowledge of the law, criminology, and the societal issues that contribute to crime. And with courses under eight weeks in length and six starts a year, you can pursue your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice on your schedule.

Virginia Wesleyan University offers an inclusive community dedicated to scholarship and service grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. We inspire students to build meaningful lives through engagement in Coastal Virginia’s dynamic metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.

Fully Online Degree

Affordable Tuition

Finish in as Little as 12 Months

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Relevant Criminal Justice Coursework

VWU’s online criminal justice degree program provides a criminal justice education with a liberal arts foundation. You will experience a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to criminal justice, seeing how issues affecting this field fit within a broader social context. Plus, gain practical skills grounded in real-world criminal justice principles through these and other criminal justice courses:


Explore theories about the causation of crime, crime typologies, and patterns of crime and social injury.

Law Enforcement

Delve into historical, sociological, and legal perspectives of law enforcement.

Criminal Law

Get an overview of how governments define, prohibit, grade, and punish socially harmful behavior.

A Flexible, Supportive Online Experience

VWU’s online programs offer the support and excellence of our in-person courses. You can also take control of when you complete much of the coursework, making it easier to fit your studies into your busy schedule. As you learn at home, you won’t be alone — you can receive direction and support from your instructors, participate in class discussions, and connect with other students while seeking your degree online.

A Direct Path to Criminal Justice Careers

Join our bachelor’s degree program to establish a foundation for a successful criminal justice career. With the support of our expert faculty, more than 90 percent of our alumni are working or in graduate school within one year of graduation.

Criminal Justice Career Paths

  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Detective Work

About Virginia Wesleyan University

Founded in 1961, Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia’s premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, VWU enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs each year.

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