Criminal Justice Degree Program & Social Justice Major
Bachelor of Science
Criminal/Social Justice Major Overview
The Criminal/Social Justice major is a four-year program with a focus upon restorative principles that reflect a Christ-centered approach to the field of study. Students will learn to apply their faith within the social justice framework utilizing restorative processes maintaining a dual emphasis of restorative justice and social problem solving within the justice system. Students will be afforded opportunities to build professional contacts and to explore areas of interest throughout the criminal justice network through their criminal justice program instructors who are former or current practitioners within this vast field of study. Students are required to participate in the internship class which collaborates with federal, state, county and local agencies to provide hands-on training and experience.
The broad liberal arts dimension of the majors offered by the department serves as a foundation for a variety of vocations and for further study at the graduate level. The department believes that a background of the humanities and social sciences provides students with a framework to integrate studies from other disciplines that will encourage intellectual and spiritual development.
A particular goal of the department is to provide undergraduate preparation for students who will seek graduate training for various phases of Christian service, including pastoral, intercultural, and counseling ministries. The department offers the broad biblical and general educational foundations that are prerequisite for seminary and ministry-oriented graduate schools.
Each of the majors in the department can accommodate students in the Honors Program. Crown students, furthermore, have access to study-abroad programs with a full semester of course work that may be transferred into the English, History, Liberal Arts, and Psychology majors.