B.A. in Criminal Justice

The criminal justice major prepares students for careers in the criminal justice system. Such careers include law enforcement and correctional activities at all levels of government that have the potential to progress to positions of leadership. The curriculum for the criminal justice major follows criteria proposed by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Mission Statement
The mission of Cedarville University’s Criminal Justice Program is to prepare students for graduate studies or entry-level positions in a variety of criminal justice fields and to prepare leaders who serve with integrity from a biblical worldview.

Program Objectives
Students will:

  • Practice a biblical worldview for lifelong leadership and service in the criminal justice profession.
  • Apply critical thinking skills within the context of the criminal justice profession.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for use in the criminal justice profession.
  • Conduct research effectively within the criminal justice profession.
  • Be prepared to become entry-level practitioners in criminal justice or pursue graduate studies.
  • Practice interacting effectively with persons of diverse populations.

Core Values
Students must be able to practice the following core values that are key to the criminal justice profession:

  • Integrity — Demonstrates high moral character and ethical standards in all matters public and private.
  • Service Orientation — Demonstrates lifelong leadership and service to all mankind.
  • Human Relations Skills — Demonstrates the ability to effectively interact with other people.
  • Team Compatibility — Demonstrates the ability to work with others in a cooperative, caring, and supportive manner to achieve goals of the group.
  • Performance Driven — Demonstrates the ability to set and achieve performance goals and standards.

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
Homeland Security Electives
CRJU-3500 Foundations of Emergency Management 3
CRJU-3990 Criminal Justice Internship 3-12
CRJU-4160 International and Domestic Terrorism 3
Legal Studies Electives
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
Local Law Enforcement Electives
BEPT-3510 Introduction to Urban Ministries 3
CRJU-2840 Concepts of Chemical Dependency 3
POLS/PUAD-3600 Public Administration 3

Criminal justice students are expected to complete at least three credit hours of internship as part of their major elective hours. These hours can be obtained through a variety of internship opportunities in the local area including a semester study program through the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) in Fairborn, Ohio. The department has partnered with ATIC to provide this opportunity to students at Cedarville.


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.