March 7, 2011 | | Leave a comment Shorter University, which is a Christian-based institution located in Georgia, recently announced plans to offer a bachelors degree in criminal justice next fall, the Rome News-Tribune reports. Officials told the news source that the program will be a traditional course of study. However, the curriculum will incorporate online components to help students stay connected to instructors, peers and their assignments. “In addition to meeting current and new student demand, students who have earned their associate’s degree in criminal justice from regional technical schools can transfer to earn their four-year degree in criminal justice at Shorter,” Sabrena Parton, dean of Shorter’s College of Arts and Sciences, told the news source. They added that the degree program will prepare students for many different job markets such as law enforcement, homeland security , social work, pre-law and private sector jobs. Furthermore, there is potential for internships with the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation as well as other local and state agencies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for law enforcement officers are expected to increase by 10 percent over the next seven years.