B.A. in Criminal Justice

The criminal justice major offers a broad, biblically integrated education in law, criminal justice, political science, sociology, psychology, ethics, and public sector administration. It prepares students for careers in several fields including juvenile and adult services; prison, probation, parole, and community supervision service; and law enforcement at all levels of government. Every criminal justice major will intern with at least one criminal justice agency to gain experience in the field. Internships increase knowledge of the profession, help students perform better in the classroom, and affirm career paths.  Additional vocational training is available at Cedarville through Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (National Security and Criminal Analyst training) and Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy.


Suggested Four-Year Curriculum for a Major in Criminal Justice

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-1720 Spiritual Formation 3
COM-1100 Fundamentals of Speech 3
CRJU-1310 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJU-1350 Career Planning for Criminal Justice Personel 1
ENG-1400 Composition 3
GSS-1100 Politics and American Culture 3
HUM-1400 Introduction to the Humanities 3
PEF-1990 Physical Activity and the Christian Life 2
Biological Science elective 3.5
LIT-2XXX Literature Elective 3
Physical Science elective 3.5
Total 31
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-2730 Old Testament Literature 3
BEGE-2740 New Testament Literature 3
CRJU-2200 Criminology 3
CRJU-2310 Juvenile Delinquency 2
GSS-3640 Qualitative Methodology and Reasoning 3
GSS-3650 Quantitative Methodology 3
POLS-2620 American State and Local Government 3
Global Awareness elective 3
History elective 3
Humanities elective 3
Elective 3
Total 33
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-3755 Theology I 3
BEGE-3765 Theology II 3
CRJU-3300 Corrections 3
CRJU-3350 Criminal Law 3
CRJU-3360 American Judicial System 3
CRJU-3400 Criminal Procedure 3
CRJU-3700 Financial Management 3
CRJU-3990 Criminal Justice Internship 3
Criminal Justice Electives 9
Total 33
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
CRJU-4150 Homeland Security 3
CRJU-4200 Police Administration 3
CRJU-4320 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJU-4630 American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights 3
CRJU-4900 Research Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Electives 16
Total 31

Criminal Justice Electives

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
CRJU-3990 Criminal Justice Internship 3
CRJU-3500 Foundations of Emergency Management 3
CRJU-4160 International and Domestic Terrorism 3
CRJU-3390 Criminal Evidence 3
CRJU-4500 Comparative Criminal Justice 3
POLS-3760 Jurisprudence 3
POLS-4640 American Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism 3
BEPT-3510 Introduction to Urban Ministries 3
CRJU-2840 Concepts of Chemical Dependency 3
PUAD-3600 Public Administration 3

Liberal Arts Core

The faculty of Cedarville, and particularly the faculty of the Department of History and Government believe in the value of the liberal arts core.  We want our graduates to be educated individuals, not just trained employees.  We recognize that both education and training are vital,  and we are convinced that in this day and age college graduates need to know how to learn as much as they need to know how to do a task.  The career experts suggest that graduates of colleges today will change careers 4-5 times in their lifetimes.  Those shifts require a certain set of skills that the liberal arts courses help to develop in our students.