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About the Program
With ACU’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you will study professionalism and ethics in criminal justice, law enforcement leadership, and much more. You will also develop strong writing, research, and analytical skills; attractive traits to employers in all industries.
All the Details on Your Degree
You’ll gain an understanding of the justice system and its process, from local to global issues, and how to uphold ethical standards.
Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 22 hours in electives)
Law Enforcement Leadership
Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice
Crime and Delinquency
Upcoming Start Dates
October 19, 2021
January 11, 2022
Common Job Titles
*Law degree and licensure required
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Brenda McAdoo, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Dr. Brenda McAdoo is an assistant professor and the program director for ACU’s online Criminal Justice program. Brenda retired in 2020 after over twenty-four years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In her tenure with the FBI, Brenda investigated crimes against children, violent crime, and organized crime was a member of an Organized Crime Task Force, which investigated groups committing extortion, kidnapping, and murder for hire. Brenda was a member of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Team from 1998 to 2020, serving as team leader for seven years, and served as a certified Federal Mediator from 2007 to 2020 for the Department of Justice. Before joining the FBI, Brenda was a Deputy District Attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted sexual assault, domestic violence, and narcotics offenses.
Brenda received a bachelor’s in Political Science from ACU, where she was a Jack Pope Fellow, holds a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine School of Law and is a member of the California Bar. She also graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution and is a certified Mediator in Texas. Brenda is passionate about training future public servants and leaders.
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