Follow Christ, Lead the Way

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:
  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Apply current and historical justice principles and practices to real-life situations.
  • Function within chosen area(s) of justice system with the insight of the functions and interdependencies of various areas.
  • Analyze procedural rules and statutes through the criminal process.
  • Examine alternatives to the conventional penal approaches through the lenses of transformative and restorative justice.
This degree program is available in the following formats:

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MAJOR42 Hours

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Conflict analysis and appropriate resolution methodology, with effective methods of commu¬nication for conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation.
  • 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)
  • 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

*Students require 30 credit hours at the 3000-level or above