Criminal Justice


Whether you are looking to go on to graduate work or immediately to the workplace, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice is designed to develop professional knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system from a biblical vantage-point.

The Criminal Justice major is designed to develop an educational base and skills for the criminal justice system. This program strongly encourages students to pursue firsthand experiences with either local, county, state or federal agencies. The purpose of the Criminal Justice major is to familiarize you with the content and concepts of the criminal justice system and to prepare you for graduate school or work in the criminal justice field. You will take courses in various areas of criminal justice, including juvenile delinquency, police work, victimology and criminal law.

We emphasize the practical side of criminal justice along with the content needed as a foundation. One of the greatest strengths of this major is the faculty, who will not only teach you, but will journey with you over the next few years. Our faculty have years of practical experience in the behavioral science field and continue to work in their various areas of expertise. Many are engaged in research and all have a commitment to the Word of God as a foundation of their work. They are also committed to see their students succeed and grow, even after graduation.

Course Requirements for B.A. and B.S. in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Minor



Examples of courses in this major:

SOC 2340 Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course introduces students to the essentials of criminal justice and the most significant issues in today’s American criminal justice system. Students will learn the true roles of the police, courts and corrections and develop an understanding of the complex ways in which they work together. Information on criminal justice careers will help students learn about the meaning of criminal justice to those who work in the field and will provide useful information that can aid career choices.

SOC 2400 Introduction to Corrections

This course gives students a broad understanding of how the corrections system works within the more complex system of criminal justice. The course covers topics from sentencing, probation, parole, jail, prison, prison life, prison staff, juvenile justice and reentry. The purpose of this course is to give students a better understanding of this key factor in the criminal justice field as well as introduce students to careers in corrections.

SOC 2420 Criminal Investigations

This course will present the procedures, techniques and applications of criminal investigations. Students will explore the tools used by criminal investigators, they will explain the science behind crime scene analysis and summarize different types of crimes. In addition, this course will discuss modern investigative tools as well as established investigation policies.

SOC 3360 Juvenile Delinquency

The nature, extent, causes and methods of control of juvenile delinquency. Emphasis is given to the role of community agencies in prevention and rehabilitation.

SOC 3370 Criminology

The nature, extent, causes and methods of control of crime. Emphasis is given to the role of community agencies in prevention and rehabilitation.

SOC 3460 Police and American Society

 The role of law enforcement in society as it relates to local, state and federal jurisdictions.

SOC 3560 Victimology

This course will provide an extensive overview of the principles and concepts of traditional and modern victimologists. This course will further examine victimology, analysis of victimization patterns and trends, and theoretical reasoning and responses to criminal victimization. In addition, this course explores the role of victimology in the criminal justice system, examining the consequences of victimization and the various remedies now available for victims.