Criminal and Social Justice (B.S.)

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Criminal/Social Justice (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science

The Criminal/Social Justice B.S. is a high-demand degree with tremendous job potential. The program offers students a unique educational opportunity with real-world implications: To investigate—from a Christian perspective, within a broad humanities and social sciences context—diverse social, political, legal and ethical concerns embedded in complex criminal justice issues.

Through our Christian studies requirements, students develop a deep understanding of the criminal justice system’s practices, theories and procedures from a profound perspective of equity and legality. Students learn to apply their faith within the social justice framework, utilizing restorative processes. Students also investigate the nature and causes of crime, while learning how faith, strong families, stable communities, effective schools and reductions in violence and poverty all contribute to crime prevention.

The criminal and social justice faculty members are working licensed attorneys, educators and practitioners of law enforcement. Students enjoy close interaction between the faculty and their fellow students. They also have the freedom and flexibility to become involved in diverse opportunities to build professional contacts and explore areas of interest off-campus and within the community. Students are required to participate in the internship class, consisting of a collaboration with federal, state, county and local agencies that provides hands-on training and experience.

This Christ-centered curriculum offers a broad overview of this growing field with multiple entry points into a career or specific advanced training in juvenile justice, security, probation, corrections, youth work or the courts.

Criminal/Social Justice Major (B.S.) Courses

Program Requirements


Christian Studies Core


I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits


General Education Core


II. General Education - 30 Credits


Major Core


IV. Electives - 20 Credits *


At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level.

Total - 125 Credits


1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached

Recommended General electives:


Four Year Suggested Program for the Criminal/Social Justice Major


Freshman Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 16 Credits


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester - 16 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits


Departmental Acceptance


Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and completion of half of the Christian Service requirements are required for departmental admission in the Criminal/Social Justice major.

Junior Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits


Senior Year


Fall Semester - 18 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits




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