Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Aug 17, 2018  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019

Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice


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A society may be judged, perhaps more than anything else, by its system of justice. It is the very pillar upon which a civil society is built. CCU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program will provide not only the competencies necessary to be a successful part of the criminal justice system, but will help students cultivate the character and the courage of moral conviction necessary to be a force for good and to administer justice in a manner based on biblical principles.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical application in criminal justice, preparing students for careers in juvenile justice, law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, and various governmental positions. Students pursuing a career in criminal justice will have the coursework they need to understand and contribute to the criminal justice system.

Each course in the Criminal Justice degree ties theory with practice so students are given opportunities to apply what they learn. In addition, CCU’s distinctive curriculum integrates the evangelical Christian faith with criminal justice course content, so students can explore the critical issues of life: free will, human nature, justice, and redemption.

In addition to courses required for the Criminal Justice major, students complete a selection of General Education and Elective courses. For a list of General Education requirements, please see the Associate of Arts: General Studies   degree.  Students interested in the field of criminal justice may choose to begin their study with the A.S. in Criminal Justice. For a list of these course requirements, please see the Associate of Science: Criminal Justice . Students who complete the A.S. in Criminal Justice must still complete the General Education requirements found in the A.A. General Studies to earn the B.S. in Criminal Justice. CCU Student Service Advisors help students identify which option best suits their educational goals.

Criminal Justice major courses are offered online only, providing maximum flexibility to study at convenient times and places. General Education and Electives can be completed within five semesters, and major coursework for the Bachelor’s degree can be completed over four semesters.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice degree requires completion of 120 hours in the following areas:
General Education Core (42 hours)
Criminal Justice Major Core (39 hours)
Elective Core (39 hours)

Elective Core Requirements (39 credit hours)


  • Complete 39 hours of additional electives.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice


The faculty recommends students in the B.S. in Criminal Justice to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 120 credit hours of courses, including all general education, major and elective coursework.
  2. A letter grade of D or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all CCU coursework.
  3. Meet the CCU CAGS Residency requirements  
  4. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  5. No outstanding financial obligation to the University.

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