Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    Mar 26, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Law and Practice Major

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The Criminal Justice Law and Practice Bachelor of Arts provides the student with a foundational understanding of the three major areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. “Justice” is a concept that has layers of theological and cultural meanings, and this program helps set a biblical foundation with a Christian worldview to the concepts and practice of justice. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in criminal justice and entering advanced programs in law enforcement and legal studies.The curriculum of the program provides students with a strong foundation for successful careers in various fields of the criminal justice profession. Such career fields include law enforcement, prosecution, criminal defense, courts, corrections, probation, parole and other governmental agencies as they relate to social order.

The program features extensive experiential learning opportunities with guest speakers from various criminal justice disciplines, field trips, law enforcement ride-alongs, shadow days, mock oral boards, and real life training opportunities. The internship program gives senior students on-site experience through placement in internships with local agencies including police departments, sheriff offices, probation departments, prosecutors’ offices, and other agencies.

Students who enroll in the Criminal Justice Law and Practice program familiarize themselves with the experience and life history requirements of the law enforcement agencies in which they hope to one day work, and ensure they meet those standards.

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Law and Practice requires completion of the following 120 credits:
General Education Core (48 credit hours)
Criminal Justice Law and Practice Major Core (48 credit hours)
Electives (24 credit hours)

General Education Requirements (48 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Take one course from each of the following three academic disciplines:

Biblical Studies (12 credit hours)

Take the following four courses (some courses are cross-listed and only one prefix needs to be taken):

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)

* Please see the First-Year Integration (FYI)  page for specific information about this required course.

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Social Sciences (12 credit hours)

Take each of the following four courses:

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Law and Practice

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

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits, including all general education, electives and Criminal Justice Law and Practice major program requirements.
  2. A letter grade of D or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all CCU coursework, and a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses specified for the major.
  3. Completion of 180 hours of ministry/community service and 180 chapel credits. Transfer students are required to complete 45 hours of ministry/community service and 45 chapel credits each year of attendance at CCU. For further details on ministry/community service, see the Life Directions Center (LDC)  section of this catalog. For further details on chapel credits, see the Student Life  section of this catalog.
  4. Meet the CCU Residency  requirements. 
  5. Acceptable performance on exit exams, as required by the faculty.
  6. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  7. No outstanding financial obligation to the University.

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