BAS Criminal Justice

Are you entering Saint Leo with an associate degree in a technical field—either an associate of science (A.S.) or associate of applied science (A.A.S.)? Develop highly specialized skills in law enforcement and criminalistics with the Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, and advance in civilian or military criminal justice agencies.

Why choose bachelors in Criminal Justice at Saint Leo?

Where else are you going to learn the latest techniques from faculty members who've served more than 25 years as crime scene investigators, local and federal agents, chief deputies, detectives and FBI advisors? Saint Leo professors are leading experts on the skills you need to advance to the next stage of your career: interrogation, non-verbal communication, hostage negotiation, and international sex and organ trafficking.

Ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

The B.A.S. in Criminal Justice is available to students who hold an A.S. or A.A.S. degree. If do you not hold an associate degree, you may be interested in Saint Leo's B.A. Criminal Justice, as well as the Criminalistics and Homeland Security specializations, which are available as various Education Centers.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Police Organization and Administration
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Homeland Defense

Professional development opportunities

  • Field placement: Earn your police standard certificate at a nearby police academy.
  • Internships: Find an internship close to home or work, or with federal agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • FBI National Academy Associates: Saint Leo is an approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates.

What can you do with a Criminal Justice degree?

Graduates rapidly advance in the criminal justice system and pursue graduate study in criminal justice administration and related fields.

  • Corrections Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • CIA Agent
  • Coast Guard
  • Bailiff
  • State Trooper
  • Loss Prevention Investigator
  • Victim Witness Assistant
  • Juvenile Probation Officer

Where are Saint Leo Criminal Justice grads now?

  • Secret Service
  • FBI
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department

Admissions Information

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice is available to students who hold an A.S. or A.A.S. degree, and have at least 42 hours of related technical credits and 18 hours of general education. Prospective students should be aware that Saint Leo University will allow only 64 credits to be transferred from a community college.