When studying criminal justice at Bethany, you will receive:

  • Small classes with high-quality instruction;
  • Faculty who care about student learning;
  • Practitioners with advanced degrees who’ve “been there/done that”;
  • Internship opportunities with local, regional, and statewide criminal justice & human services agencies;
  • Classes based on theory and real-life situations;
  • Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular clubs;
  • Courses designed to help confirm your decision about a criminal justice career early in your college education.

What can I do with a criminal justice degree from Bethany College?

Graduates from our criminal justice program have gone on to become:

  • State Troopers;
  • City and County Law Enforcement;
  • Detectives;
  • City Prosecutors;
  • Practicing Attorneys;
  • Probation and Parole Officers;
  • Corrections Officers;
  • Court Services Officers;
  • Substance Abuse Counselors;
  • Mental Health Professionals;
  • Social Workers;
  • Victim Advocates;
  • Case Managers.

Our students also go on to pursue graduate degrees and military careers. We have a multicultural student body in criminal justice and they come from all over the United States and the world! Our students participate in student government, Greek council, serve as class presidents, residence hall assistants, and are All-American and Academic All-Americans in the KCAC and NAIA. They have earned places on the Dean’s Honor Roll and graduate both Summa and Magna Cum Laude.

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Vance Lipsey, Freshman

  • Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Area of Interest: Law Enforcement
  • Athletics: Wrestling & Soccer
  • Activities: Freshman class president, Law and Order Club president, Pi Sigma Chi treasurer
  • Internships: Police agencies in Tennessee and Colorado
  • Quote: “The best thing I like about Bethany College Criminal Justice is that each professor has experience in the field which helps me learn more about the material I’m reading and studying.”

Michelle Rambo (1)11Graduate Spotlight

Michelle Rambo ’15
  • Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Employment: Police Officer, Greensboro, North Carolina Police Department
  • At Bethany: Tennis team, Swede Government Association leadership positions, Law and Order Club, completed summer internships, graduated with honors
  • Quote: “Going through Bethany College Criminal Justice program prepared me for real-life experiences because I have a solid foundation of the criminal justice system. This has helped me excel academically throughout the police academy. The professors at Bethany College aren’t just ‘ordinary professors’ because they have worked in the field before coming to Bethany College to teach.”

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Our curriculum reflects the national standards set by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


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