May 18, 2024  
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Studies (BS)

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Federal CIP: 45.0401 Criminology

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice Studies are expected to:

  • justify and articulate how a Christian worldview and faith commitment relates to criminal justice and how this perspective prepares them to serve others in their chosen occupation.
  • assess and distinguish between the various endemic and emerging issues confronting the major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.
  • appraise, assess, or critique the policies and practices of the administration of justice as a system of social control and defend what constitutes “best practice” in a programmatic delivery of justice services to the community.
  • differentiate and evaluate the development of historical and contemporary correctional philosophies, incarceration practices and trends, diversion efforts, community-based corrections practices, and offender treatment programs. 
  • compare and contrast various criminological theories on the etiology, persistence, and desistence of crime and criminal behavior.
  • articulate and distinguish the purpose and limits of the procedural and substantive criminal law, justify the criminal procedures for prosecution and defense, and critique court procedures and various adjudication decision-making practices.
  • evaluate and debate the various endemic and emerging issues confronting the police including a critique of the police organization and culture, use of force, discretion, and deviance.
  • construct, design, and structure an original research project from conceptualization and operationalization to analysis and presentation of findings using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. 

Criminal Justice Studies BS Requirements

Major Courses

Completion of major courses require a minimum grade of C-.


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for most bachelor’s degrees, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area. 


Core Curriculum  Requirements  40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 39-40 hrs.

Criminal Justice Electives 15 hrs.

Electives 22-26 hrs.


Total: 120 hrs.

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