Military Program Spotlight

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security Concentration

In addition to providing a broad liberal arts education, this baccalaureate program combines professional skills training with courses designed to help you develop a solid foundation of criminal justice knowledge. 

When combined with your military training, pursuing our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a homeland security concentration can provide skills to support homeland security in military, public, or private security sectors.* 

We will also evaluate your military transcripts—including any other prior coursework you may have completed—to determine whether you may be able to shorten your path to this degree.

Homeland Security Concentration Area Details

As a current or prior military member, you've already answered the call to serve your nation. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a homeland security emphasis can help you take your military skills to the next level or apply these skills in the civilian world.

The core curriculum focuses on understanding of the philosophy and development of the U.S. criminal justice system, its agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges they face. As a student, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore applied research methods and techniques used in the field
  • Examine the development of criminal law, the elements and types of criminal offenses, and the principles of criminal culpability
  • Complete a capstone project to demonstrate your ability to apply the critical thinking skills and concepts you study online to real-world criminal justice scenarios

If you choose to pursue the homeland security emphasis area, you will also examine:

  • The roots of terrorism
  • Response methods to weapons of mass destruction and other disaster incidents
  • Crisis negotiation and conflict resolution


The homeland security emphasis area is designed to help prepare criminal justice professionals, military personnel, or businesspeople for new opportunities in the field of criminal justice, especially with multinational corporations.

Other Concentration Areas Available in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Program

  • Corrections: Study to further your expertise in the administrative and operational aspects of the U.S. correctional system, both institutional and community based. Confront issues such as overcrowding, alternatives to incarceration, sentencing, inmate rights, and juvenile justice. Explore challenges in community-based corrections.
  • Crime Scene Investigation: Focus on techniques for locating, collecting, and analyzing crime scene evidence. Study how to identify boundaries of a crime scene and understand the principles of searching the crime scene for specific types of evidence, identifiable forensic material, and other items of evidentiary value.
  • Forensic Psychology: Study psychology within the context of the criminal justice system. Focus on enhancing your ability to identify and interact with mentally ill individuals, intervene in crisis situations, and understand the impact of crime on its victims and the community.
  • Juvenile Justice: Focus on the unique needs of youth in today's justice system. Examine sentencing, risk and needs assessment, psychology, intervention/diversion/prevention programs, communication and relationship building, and case management for juvenile offenders.
  • Law Enforcement: Focus on landmark Supreme Court cases and how the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights apply in criminal law. Examine contemporary law enforcement organizations, community policing, policing in selected foreign countries, civil liability, and public expectations.

What Are the Career Opportunities?

With a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you may qualify for employment opportunities related to computer crime, corrections, counterterrorism, crime scene investigation, detention, fraud investigation, homeland security, juvenile justice and detention, law enforcement, parole and probation, prisons, private investigations, or public safety.† Additional opportunities may be found in corporate, government, or private security.

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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional academy training and education may be required for law enforcement positions.

Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment policies.