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Criminal Justice (BA/BS)

Serve your community. Serve the world.

Passionate about Criminal Justice? Interested in becoming a peace officer? Studying Criminal Justice will give you an understanding of the justice system and its process, from local to global issues and how to uphold ethical standards. You will also develop strong writing, research, and analytical skills, attractive traits to employers in all industries.

Our Criminal Justice program was designed to give you the option to focus on issues, through a Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Arts.

A degree in Criminal Justice is the perfect major for those looking to pursue domestic or international service.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 42-51 credit hours 
+ Electives: 21-30 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Department Political Science & Criminal Justice
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Search & Seizure
  • Ethics & Professionalism in Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement Leadership
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What can you do after graduation?

  • Federal, state & local law enforcement
  • Game Warden
  • Probation/parole services
  • Correctional Career
  • Law School
  • Victim/Witness Assistant
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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Criminal Justice students can take part in a number of co-curricular opportunities, including:

  • Internships at all levels of the government
  • Jack Pope Fellows Program
  • International Justice Missions
  • Various student groups
  • Phi Eta Sigma (honor society for freshman majors

About the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

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The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice gives students an understanding of domestic and international politics, along with criminal justice theory and practice, that prepares them for informed, active participation in the political arena and in public service.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.