Your Future in Criminal Justice

The field of criminal justice is quickly becoming a profession that requires a bachelor’s degree, whether it be in the courts, corrections or law enforcement. Obtaining a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Charleston Southern University demonstrates your commitment to keeping your community safe and improving yourself. This degree provides you the specific expertise in the field and gives you job placement advantage and advancement opportunities. 

Charleston Southern University’s criminal justice program is one of the best in the state of South Carolina. Students find it affordable and flexible, with the degree available fully online or in the traditional classroom setting. Criminal justice students at CSU have the opportunity to observe active investigations, forensic evidence gathering, including autopsies and culminating in judicial presentations. Students also observe state prisons, which gives additional insight into the many parts of the criminal justice process. At CSU, criminal justice professors average 25 years of service at the local, state and federal level. Learn from the best as they share their own experiences working in the DEA, FBI, sheriff’s office, CIA, police department, DNR, US Secret Service, probation and parole and more!

The criminal justice program at CSU is the complete package. Once you obtain your bachelor’s degree, you can easily transition into our master’s programs in criminal justice or public safety management.

Tuition Discount:
All active and retired First Responders/Public Safety personnel (Certified/Sworn Local, State and Federal Officers) enrolling in a traditional or online degree program at Charleston Southern University are eligible for a 20% First Responders/Public Safety Tuition Discount.


Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

Criminal Justice: it's a calling

The criminal justice department is devoted to helping each student reach his/her full academic potential. Students have internship opportunities with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the federal court system, federal and state probation and parole, as well as a multitude of county and local law enforcement agencies. Interns are required to fulfill a minimum of 125 hours and receive hands-on experiences that prove invaluable in making career decisions.

As a Criminal Justice major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Theories of Crime and Justice
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Prison Systems and Practices
  • Police Administration
  • Organized Crime
  • Judicial Systems and Practices 

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Private Detective
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Security Guard
  • State Trooper
  • Computer Forensics Investigator
  • FBI agent
  • DEA Agent
  • Marshall

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide variety of undergraduate academic majors to choose from including history, political science, English, music, communication studies, graphic design, criminal justice, psychology, sociology and Spanish. 

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Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

The facility includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200, and faculty offices for the College of Christian Studies and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Named for W. Floyd and Shirley Whitfield.

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Student Center

The Student Center houses the dining hall, Gold Room, a student lounge, the President’s Dining Room, the bookstore, offices for the dean of students, marketing and communication, development, business affairs, CSU online, a faculty suite of offices, the Career Center and the Student Success Center. A Chick-fil-A Express is located on the first floor.


A great school and a wonderful learning experience.

Everest H. Carrison / criminal justice, ’10Detective, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department

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