Criminal Justice (B.S.)

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Criminal Justice – (Safety Studies)


A high-demand degree with tremendous job potential, Crown’s accredited online Criminal Justice degree program offers students a unique educational opportunity with real-world implications: to investigate diverse social, political, legal and ethical concerns embedded in complex criminal justice issues from a Christian perspective.

Our Christ-centered curriculum offers a broad overview of this growing field with multiple entry points into a career or specific advanced training. Freshman and transfer students are invited to prepare themselves for a rewarding career in law enforcement, juvenile justice, security, probation, corrections, youth work or the courts. For those currently working in criminal justice without a Bachelor’s degree, Crown’s online Criminal Justice degree program brings you the professional recognition and advancement you deserve.

Only at Crown can students complement the Christ-centered online Criminal Justice degree with studies in the Christ-focused online Disaster and Emergency Management program. This pairing reflects actual situations and opportunities with real-world applications. The complementary programs also offer students even greater options for personal and professional growth. Tuition is priced competitively lower than similar accredited institutions. In fact, 98 percent of Crown’s students receive student loans, scholarships and/or financial aid.

Through the program’s course requirements, students develop a deep understanding of the criminal justice system’s practices, theories and procedures from a perspective of equity and legality. Students also investigate the nature and causes of crime, while learning about the factors that contribute to crime prevention. This unique, online Christian Criminal Justice degree program will provide students with the skills needed for various exciting careers in criminal justice.

“Our B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, especially when joined with the Disaster and Emergency Management program, opens the door to a variety of challenging careers that allow people to serve Christ while serving their communities.”   – Darin Mather, PhD, Social Sciences Program Chair








CRJ 2520 Introduction to Criminal Justice – 3 credits

CRJ 3530 Criminology – 3 credits

CRJ 3536 Introduction to Corrections – 3 credits

CRJ 4535 Juvenile Justice – 3 credits

CRJ 4537 Criminal Justice Ethics – 3 credits

CRJ 4539 Victimology – 3 credits

SOC 4512 The Human Mosaic– 3 credits

SOC 230 Sociology – 3 credits

DEM 3508 Intro to Emergency Management – 3 cr

Any 300/400 level DEM or CRJ elective – 9 credits

GENERAL ELECTIVES 31-37 CREDITS (Students interested in law enforcement are strongly encouraged to add the Law Enforcement Minor.)


Counts towards 3 credits of the Social Science credits. Students who have successfully completed 60 credits with a GPA of at least a 2.0 may replace SOC 1510 with another Social Science elective.

Click HERE  to view options for Social Science, Humanities, Global Awareness, and Fine Arts Electives.

* 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.


An Affordable Online College Education.

Earning your degree online makes sense. It’s convenient and provides an invaluable advantage to your future success. And at Crown College, it’s affordable. Crown is one of the 10 most affordable Christian colleges in the Midwest. With 98 percent of our students receiving some form of financial aid, we will work with you to figure out the best financial aid package available.

Financial aid is funding made available by the federal government, state government, private entities and Crown. Crown College’s School of Online Studies and Graduate School programs participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loans to help finance your education.

Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the government form used to help assess a family’s financial strength. Crown’s school code for FAFSA is: 002383. Students must apply for financial aid each year to be considered for funding.

Tuition and Fees

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