B.S./B.A. in Criminal
Justice

As a criminal justice major, you will study professionalism and ethics in criminal justice, law enforcement leadership and much more. Choose between a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science depending on your career goals.

As a criminal justice major, you will study professionalism and ethics in criminal justice, law enforcement leadership and much more. Choose between a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science depending on your career goals.

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Mission

The purpose of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice is to provide a program of study to help students understand domestic and international politics and law enforcement theory and practice, preparing students for informed and active participation in the political arena and in criminal justice careers.

Program Structure

B.S./B.A. in Criminal Justice Degree Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan. 

Required 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

Example Coursework

Domestic Violence

Search & Seizure

Ethics & Professionalism in Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement Leadership

Minor Available

Yes

Department

Political Science and Criminal Justice

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: Nov. 1 

Regular: Feb. 1 

National Candidates: May 1

Curriculum

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Under the guidance of professional Christian faculty, you will gain 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.

Experiential Learning

Criminal justice majors can take part in a number of co-curricular opportunities, including:

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

Careers

The B.S./B.A. in Criminal Justice offers a wide range of exciting careers, including: 

  • Federal, state and local law enforcement
  • Game warden
  • Probation/parole services
  • Correctional career
  • Law school
  • Victim/witness assistant