Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a Criminal Justice major prepares individuals who want to work in the justice field. This major 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, serviceminded individuals. A major in Criminal Justice opens the door to many jobs in law enforcement, corrections, court-related positions, and security.

Major Objectives

Students who complete the Criminal Justice major should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
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    Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
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    Apply current and historical justice principles and practices to real-life situations.
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    Function within chosen area(s) of justice system with the insight of the functions and interdependencies of various areas.
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    Apply procedural rules and statutes through the criminal process.
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    Design alternatives to the conventional penal approaches through the lenses of transformative and restorative justice.

45 CREDITS IN GENERAL EDUCATION45 CREDITS

Research and Professional Development Skills Required:
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    This course focuses on 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.
     
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    Remaining General Education Requirements42 Credits

GENERAL ELECTIVES36 CREDITS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES39 CREDITS

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    This course gives an overview of fundamental concepts and roles related to the justice 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.
     
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    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: CJU3100)
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    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: CJU3100)
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    This course provides an introduction of cybercrime 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: CJU3000)
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    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: CJU3000)
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    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: CJU3000)
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    This course considers 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: CJU3000)
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    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.
     
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    This course examines the theoretical and practical problems of ethical behavior and decision-making in the workplace and develops a biblically based framework to address moral and ethical issues.
     
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    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)
     
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    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: CJU3000)
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    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: CJU3000)
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    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: CJU4000, CJU4100, CJU4200)

Total120 Credit Hours

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