Pursue a Career that Addresses the Social Problem of Crime from a Christian Perspective with a Degree in Criminal Justice
The BA in Criminal Justice prepares you for careers in various criminal justice professions and related roles in non-profit and community settings. Criminal Justice is a social science which studies a system of laws, institutions, and procedures established by a government to maintain social order, deter, and punish criminal behavior, and ensure fairness in the treatment of individuals accused of committing crimes. A criminologist is a professional who studies and analyzes criminal behavior, its causes, consequences, and the functioning of the criminal justice system. They use interdisciplinary approaches, drawing from fields such as sociology, psychology, and law, to understand, prevent, and address crime in society.
Our curriculum is rooted in a Christian perspective, and as you explore models of crime prevention and suppression with the criminal justice system’s role and function, learn about theories of crime, criminal justice, and reentry, you will also learn how to integrate a Christian worldview in understandings of crime, victimization, and justice.
Students with a criminal justice degree often work in law enforcement, probation, or as parole officers, but they also work as crime analysts, victim advocates, criminal investigators or legal assistants. You will be prepared to make a difference in your community while addressing some of the most difficult challenges present in society today.
As a student in the program, you will have opportunities to dialogue with criminal justice professionals through our mentorship network, experience field trips to courts, jails, prisons, and reentry facilities, and partner with a faculty member to conduct research and present your research at a regional conference.
This program is available fully online for working professionals and can also be taken by on-campus and commuter students in conjunction with other in-person class experiences.