Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts

This program prepares individuals who want to work in the justice field. This program seeks to equip the student for a fulfilling career with a foundational understanding of human behavior within criminal, transformative, and restorative justice systems. Students will be prepared to serve society as ethical, caring, service- minded individuals. A major in Criminal Justice opens the door to many jobs in law enforcement, corrections, court-related positions, and security. 

Objectives

Students who complete the Criminal Justice major should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Apply current and historical justice principles and practices to real-life situations.
  4. Function within chosen area(s) of justice system with the insight of the functions and interdependencies of various areas.
  5. Apply procedural rules and statutes through the criminal process.
  6. Design alternatives to the conventional penal approaches through the lenses of transformative and restorative justice.

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 33 General Electives
  • 51 Program Requirements

RS3000 Research and Professional Development Skills 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on competency in digital research and writing skills that support academic and professional success. Students will also be introduced to online tools for practical, academic, and professional development.

CM3000 Christian Excellence 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the attitude of the individual and how it impacts the ability and willingness to strive towards Christian excellence.  Students will also be introduced to reflecting on personal value systems, analyze techniques to exemplify Christian modeling, and exploring the transition from success to excellence.

CJ3000 Introduction to Justice Systems 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview of fundamental concepts and roles related to the jsutice systems: law enforcement officers, court officers, corrections officers, victims, and defendants. It aligns the justice system with Christian worldview. Students will have the opportunity to explore and plan strategic career steps upon which to focus throughout the program and into their career after graduation.

PH3000 Transformed Worldview 3 credits 5 weeks

The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as he/she explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world. 

CJ3100 Law Enforcement 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides an introduction to the development and organizational designs of America’s law enforcement organizations. The role, behavior, and life of the officer within the contexts of law enforcement culture and society will be discussed. The concepts of power and relational skills will be addressed, as well as how Christian worldview fits into the life of a law enforcement officer.

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Justice Systems

CJ3200 Criminal Investigation 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides the foundations necessary for criminal investigations, including interviewing witnesses and suspects, collecting and preserving evidence, processing a crime scene, reporting, and following up.

Prerequisite:
Criminal Investigation

CJ3300 Technology in Criminal Justice 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides an introduction of  cyber crime and computer-related crime issues. The trends in cyber law and inter-jurisdictional implications will be examined in the context of criminal justice. The use of technology and systems by agencies will also be discussed.

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Justice Systems

CM3100 Concepts of Leadership 3 credits 5 weeks

The course is a study involving strategies from the business-for-profit, the non-profit sector, and the moral and spiritual arena. Application of the concepts will influence personal and career goals.

CJ3400 Courts and Judicial Process 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides a study of the functions, operations, and decision-making processes of the judicial process in the United States, including an analysis of the role of courts and the function and responsibilities of the key personnel within them.

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Justice Systems

CJ3500 Corrections 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides an introduction to historical, philosophical, and operational frameworks of the corrections system. The goals of punishment will be explored, along with alternatives to the conventional penal approach. Biblical perspectives on government’s role in punishment and power will be discussed.

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Justice Systems

PS4110 Conflict Resolution 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides a foundation to analyze conflict and engage with the appropriate methodology to work toward resolution. Students will learn effective methods of communication in employing conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation practices and skills.

CJ4000 Victimology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course studies the role of the victim and the relationship between victims and offenders in criminology. The historic and current treatment of victims will be discussed as well as the problems and dilemmas faced by victims. Students will engage in the concept of theodicy for their personal understanding and communication with victims.

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Justice Systems

ET3000 Ethics 3 credits 5 weeks

This course presents an overview of some of the main classical philosophical views that have shaped Western norms, values, and beliefs. Christian Ethics will be the primary focus of this course. There will be a direct correlation drawn between ethics and morals. Decisions or choices are made based on a system of beliefs. In Christian Ethics, the Bible is used to prescribe how a person ought to live. 

PS3060 Statistics for Social Sciences 3 credits 6 weeks

This course provides an introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology. Methods of collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research will be explored.  The course will also introduce statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods used in psychological research. (Recommendation: prior college level math course)

CJ4100 Criminal Law 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides a study of the fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts criminal justice. This course emphasizes the dynamic interaction among the individual, criminal justice, and society. The concepts of Christian ethics and proper conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Justice Systems

TH4000 Introduction to Theology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will be a systematic study of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation and other related topics. These themes will be examined through various passages of scripture within the context of scripture.

CJ4200 Terrorism and Homeland Security 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides a study of issues surrounding terrorism and the preventative and responsive nature of the Department of Homeland Security. Threats from domestic and international terrorism will be examined as well as the role of  government, organizations, and citizens. 

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Justice Systems

CJ4800 Criminal Justice Capstone 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides an experience to synthesize various components of the criminal justice system while emphasizing the principles and applications of justice systems which emphasizes human dignity and the healing of the community. Students will integrate learning from all course work in solving complex problems, engaging in dilemmas that incorporate Biblical principles, and preparing for their career after graduation. 

Prerequisite:
Victimology
Criminal Law
Terrorism and Homeland Security