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.
Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:
Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.
100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.
30 credit hours at the 3000-level or above.
CJU1010 Introduction to Justice Systems3
Fundamental justice system concepts, and roles within justice systems including law enforcement officers, court officers, corrections officers, victims, and defendants, in the context of a Christian worldview. Opportunities to plan strategic steps for the student’s program and career.
CJU2010 Law Enforcement3
The development and organizational designs of America’s law enforcement organizations, the role, behavior, and life of the officer, including the contexts of law enforcement culture and society, concepts of power and relational skills, and the relationship of Christian worldview to the life of a law enforcement officer.Prerequisite: CJU1010
CJU2080 Juvenile Justice3
History, theories, policies, and practices of the juvenile justice system, including juvenile diversion programs, delinquency, child maltreatment, and gang behavior.Prerequisite: CJU1010
The historical, philosophical, and operational framework of the corrections system, including the goals of punishment, alternatives to the conventional penal approach and biblical perspectives on the government’s role in punishment and power.Prerequisite: CJU1010
CJU3020 Criminal Investigation3
Criminal investigations, including interviewing witnesses and suspects, collecting, and preserving evidence, processing a crime scene, reporting, and following up.Prerequisite: CJU1010
CJU3210 Administration of Justice3
Organizational theory and managerial principles and the administration of justice, including typical command-level problems and trends in criminal justice organizations.Prerequisite: CJU1010
CJU3400 Courts and Judicial Process3
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: CJU1010
CJU3510 Terrorism and Homeland Security3
Issues surrounding terrorism and the preventative and responsive nature of the Department of Homeland Security, including threats from domestic and international terrorism and the role of government, organizations, and citizens.Prerequisite: CJU1010
The role of the victim and the relationship between victims and offenders in criminology, including historic and current treatment of victims, problems and dilemmas faced by victims, and theodicy as a basis for personal understanding and communication with victims.Prerequisite: CJU1010
CJU4100 Criminal Law3
Principles and practices of law and how it impacts criminal justice, with emphasis on the dynamic interaction among the individual, criminal justice, and society in the context of Christian ethics and proper conduct.Prerequisite: CJU1010
CJU4800 Criminal Justice Capstone3
A synthesis experience in the criminal justice system emphasizing the principles and applications of justice systems in context with human dignity and the healing of the community. Students will integrate learning from all course work and incorporate biblical principles to solve complex problems and engage in dilemmas that prepare them for their career.Prerequisite: CJU4000, CJU4100, CJU3510 COM Communication
COM3040 Conflict Resolution3
Conflict analysis and appropriate resolution methodology, with effective methods of commu¬nication for conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation.
PSY3060 Statistics for Social Sciences3
An introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology including collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research, and an introduction to statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods for psychological research. (Recommendation: prior college level math course)
PSY4050 Research Design3
Methods of research used in the social sciences, the appropriateness of conclusions derived from research, and the ability to generalize research appropriately based on particular research methods. Students design and conduct basic research and disseminate findings to their peers.Prerequisite: MAT1410