Criminal and Social Justice (B.S.)

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Criminal/Social Justice Degree

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The criminal/social justice bachelor’s degree in Minnesota is a high-demand program 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.

Faculty members are working licensed attorneys, educators and practitioners of law enforcement within the criminal justice and social justice degree program. Minnesota 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.


At Crown College, well over 90% of our new graduates are employed or continuing their education in a master’s degree program.

The Office of Career Development at Crown is here to help you with your future career and can assist with resume development, career counseling, internships, and job placement. We encourage you to visit the office during your first year to begin planning your internship opportunities as well as developing a professional network.

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.

* 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.

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.


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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