Working in criminal justice is more than a career. It’s a calling. Those employed in any capacity of law enforcement take on the vital job of serving others and keeping their communities safe.

Whether you want to follow in your hero’s footsteps or build an exciting, active career, SNU can help set you on the right path. Earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at SNU by attending class completely online or only one night a week in Tulsa on a schedule designed for working adults. Classes are taught by experts in the field, and you’ll learn about the societal implications of law enforcement, writing, evidence, investigations, and more.

Apply today to begin the first step toward earning your degree, one class at a time. Our simple application takes less than 5 minutes to complete!


What Makes This Program Unique?
Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place one night a week in Tulsa or entirely online.
  • Students focus on one class at a time to ensure true mastery and prevent being overwhelmed.
  • You can earn up to 30 hours of college credit for what you already know.
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks can be delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides students through the duration of your studies.

Career Outcomes
Whether your goal is to become a police officer, move up in your organization, or pursue an exciting career, there are many opportunities for those who have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. With the scope of this program’s coursework, you’ll be able to pursue a variety of careers that will allow you to serve others and make a real difference in the safety of your community.

Some paths you may pursue with a Criminal Justice degree are:

  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Paralegal
  • FBI Agent
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Corrections Manager
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Computer Forensics Investigator
  • Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Counter-terrorism Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Forensic Psychologist

If a career that requires a high level of integrity and an analytical mindset appeals to you, apply today to begin your educational journey!


This degree prepares students for more than the practical duties of their future career—it prepares them to enter the field as an insightful, well-rounded individual ready to make a difference. For an in depth understanding of learning outcomes, review the courses and descriptions below. 

Participants will explore their personal life philosophies in relation to public service and law enforcement. In addition, foundational and historical concepts of law enforcement will be learned and compared with contemporary concepts. Historical and developing trends in a global context will be discussed and contrasted by learners in this course.

This course examines adult life experiences as a foundation for experiential learning. By reflecting on the concepts of adult development theories and an individual’s personal life experiences, the course will explore how those factors influence and help individuals to interpret life situations and circumstances in terms of relationships, personal decision-making and future applications. The purpose of this module is to give learners the opportunity to learn how to critically evaluate life-learning experiences. The evaluation of life learning experiences through critical reflection is foundational to the process of adult learning. As adult learners understand their life experiences objectively, they will be able to gain clarity about their past and be able to know how to apply their learning to present and future learning experiences.

This course examines the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system. Learners will explore the prevalence of mental health issues and the interactions with criminal justice practice. They will also examine the role of law enforcement professionals within American society, emphasizing history, public perceptions, administration, organizational culture, and ethics. This course includes exploration of on-the-job experiences that can affect the mental health of criminal justice personnel, victims, victim families, and perpetrators of crime. Included also is a survey of stress management techniques as well as consideration of the effects of trauma and compassion fatigue. Work on the Comprehensive Paper will begin in this course and continue through to program conclusion.

This course examines how cultural and individual human differences intersect with the criminal justice system. The course will explore the interaction of the criminal justice system with issues of race, gender, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, physical and mental disabilities, culture, religion, and other human differences. The focus will be on diversity, inclusion, equity and justice, and how human differences and diverse intersections of identities impact all people within the criminal justice system, including victims, offenders, and service providers and how the criminal justice system responds to and/or should respond to human differences, with an emphasis on providing cultural responsiveness and restorative hope and equity for social justice within the criminal justice systems and structures.

This course reflects the mission statement and the goals of Southern Nazarene University. It is committed to fostering increased awareness of the Bible which is foundational to understanding Western culture and history. The three major western faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – are rooted within the Holy Scriptures. The course content and format are not designated to intimidate, indoctrinate, or to evangelize. The course is designed to set the Bible in its historical and literary context. The Biblical heritage will then provide you with rich resources to creatively understand your faith in the contemporary world.

Discovery and application of key skills and best practices for investigations, interrogations, and interviews is at the core of this course. Learners will experience foundational best practices for managing, accepting, initiating and closing cases. The learner will be able to identify key case management and investigative definitions, terminology, and best practices as it pertains to ethically interviewing, interrogating, and listening for key data to support cases; and ensuring an accurate and thorough investigative process for criminal and/or civil charges. The learner will also learn the best practice in management and leverage of resources to aid in the identification and security of witnesses and other parties to the investigation process. Learners will explore constitutional and pertinent legal guides when handling and investigating cases. The methodology and strategy used to facilitate this course will become by way of professional dialogue, content experts speakers, lectures, and labs to participants who wish to pursue a career (or desire to have a working knowledge) in forensic science, and to provide criminal justice majors with an education that applies forensic science to the criminal investigation.

Discovery and application of key forensics and evidence collection and security concepts are at the core of this course. Learners will experience best practices in evidence detection, collection, preservation, documentation, recording, and integrity along with holistic crime scene processing techniques. The learner will be able to identify key forensic definitions, terminology, and best practices as it pertains to securing any supporting evidence of an investigation; and ensuring an accurate and thorough forensic process for criminal and/or civil charges. The learner will also learn the best practices in management and leverage of resources to aid in the security of evidence at a crime scene and throughout the investigative process. Learners will explore constitutional and pertinent legal guides when handling and investigating cases. The methodology and strategy used to facilitate this course will come by way of professional dialogue, content expert speakers, lectures, and field experience to participants who wish to purse a career (or desire to have working knowledge) in forensic science, and to provide criminal justice majors with an education that applies forensic science to the criminal investigation.

This course introduces Criminal Justice and law enforcement professionals to the availability and potential uses of technology to access geographic, demographic, and other investigative information. Cybercrime, aerial image interpretation, predictive analytics, and other crime analysis topics, will be examined through a variety of methods using various intelligence-gathering and data preservation tools. Learners will have the opportunity to experience technological tools and collect and analyze the evidence obtained.

Writing clear, concise reports is one hallmark of any justice professional’s job. This course equips learners with the necessary skills to compose comprehensive reports that withstand review, court testimony, auditing, and supervisory scrutiny. Writing using inclusive language, justice terminology, and a variety of professional communications will be examined and implemented. Learners will practice concepts learned in a variety of simulated situations.

An important component of law enforcement professional development is knowledge of the complex tenets of criminal law and the court system in this country. This course will delve into the historical and contextual aspects of criminal law, criminal procedures, and contemporary statutory codes. Learners will not only acquire knowledge, but will apply concepts in many areas such as legal procedures, judicial policymaking, legal expressions, due process, and court testimony. Roles of law enforcement, district attorneys, attorneys, court system operations, and other aspects of the criminal justice process will be.

Individual leadership styles, organizational communications and behaviors, restorative justice, servant leadership, and ethical leadership in global perspectives are basic tenets of this course and learners will be able to explain and apply tenet components. Learners will also be able to describe best practices, professional growth, and career development constructs and choose appropriate situations in which to exercise.

This course encourages learners to reflect on learning, relationships, personal and professional growth, and goals. Human beings are not merely professional, biological, or psychological machines. What makes us human and distinguishes us from other creatures are our moral and spiritual qualities. This module focuses on character, personal transitions, and accomplishments. It focuses on reflection regarding personal values, commitments, and an insight into the meaning of life. As the Capstone course for the Criminal Justice degree, learners will present highlights of their Comprehensive Paper to colleagues, professor, and a panel of law enforcement professionals.

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Plus, our generous transfer policy and prior learning assessment can shorten your path to graduation. Once you are ready, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at using school code 003149

Step 3. end official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your student success advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your degree as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.


March 2021


We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more. All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs.

Program Length: 36 Credit Hours

Tuition: $450 per Credit Hour*

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: Students are automatically opted into a program that will deliver books to their home address before each course. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*effective June 1, 2020- July 1, 2021

Going back to school for your bachelor’s degree as an adult student is a huge investment in your future. Be sure you have all the tools you need to ensure you’re making the right decision and that you will be successful on your educational journey.

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Many adults have thrived at SNU at all of our locations, including online. See some of these resources to learn how they have done it and prepare yourself to do the same!

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You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world and approach to education. It also affects the benefits you receive as an adult student. Our VETS Center is fully-staffed and here to assist students as they return to school, and we also share veteran-specific information on our blog. See some of the resources below or contact our VETS Center directly if you would like further support.

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