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King University News :: New Criminal Justice Degree Available through King College Kingsport

Kingsport, Tenn. – King College will be offering a new Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree this fall at the School’s Kingsport location at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. 

“We are excited to offer Criminal Justice as a degree option for the East Tennessee region,” said Mona Salyer, director of recruitment for Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) at King College.  “The program is designed for adults and offers a high quality undergraduate degree that combines a Criminal Justice program with integrated courses in the liberal arts.  The results are an academically superior experience designed to empower students with excellent business, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. 

“Our GPS program is tailored to reduce the challenges facing the adult learner.  Time and access is often a barrier for students to finish their degrees,” Salyer added.  “By offering classes in convenient locations, one night per week, the working adult may obtain their Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) degree in as little as 16 months and open the door for professional advancement.”

The BSCJ degree at King College is a team based program that serves adults who have completed 45-60 semester hours of college coursework.  Classes meet one evening per week. Students take three criminal justice courses per semester, plus optional liberal arts courses.

A program distinctive is an introduction to restorative justice, which brings victims and offenders together in dialog to repair harm and restore relationships.  There is also a focus on history, analysis, ethics, current issues, and the court system.

The BSCJ program at King College will aid students in future job promotions and help them in competitive markets such as state-level law enforcement, probation, parole, federal law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

“King provides a learning experience that allows students to receive that training while working to provide for their families,” said Micah Crews, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management GPS and Online Studies.  “We are significantly impacting the adult population of the region by giving the student access to affordable high quality degree programs that fit into their schedules.  These adults are staying in the region, contributing to the economy, and raising the caliber of the workforce.  In turn, this benefits the region's economic and workforce development.”

For more information about King’s GPS degree options available or financial aid opportunities, call the King College Office of Admissions at (800) 362-0014 or email  Applications may also be submitted online at