About the Criminal Justice Degree
Why Study Criminal Justice at Cedarville?
Cedarville’s distinctly Christian B.A. in criminal justice degree will prepare you for graduate school or career positions in a wide range of criminal justice fields. With Scripture integrated throughout the program, you will learn that crime and civil disputes are a result of man’s sinful nature, and his greatest need is for salvation through Jesus Christ. You will be equipped to be a Christian criminal justice professional who administers justice with righteousness.
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What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Biblical WorldviewThe Bible is the authority for research and study in every class you'll take.
Mentoring Christian FacultyYou'll be taught by highly-credentialed professors who want you to succeed.
Top Placement RatesOur graduates achieve top career and grad school placement rates — 10% above the national average.
Criminal Justice Program Highlights
Broad Curriculum – You will take a wide spectrum of courses, including law, criminal justice, political science, sociology, psychology, and public sector administration.
Biblical Worldview - With biblical integration in every course, you will be prepared to lead with integrity and honor God in your vocation.
Real-World Experience – A required internship will give you practical experience to prepare for your future.
Experienced Faculty – Your professors will have more than just book knowledge. They are scholar-practitioners, with both high academic credentials and years of real-world criminal justice experience. Dr. Patrick Oliver, the program’s director, has 27 years of law enforcement experience, including as the Chief of Police for Cleveland, Grandview Heights, and Fairborn, Ohio, and is actively involved with agencies such as the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
History and Government
Cedarville's Department of History and Government is biblically grounded, academically rigorous, and ideologically conservative.
What Can You Do With a B.A. in Criminal Justice?
What can you do with a criminal justice degree? A Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Cedarville University can lead you to a career as a:
- Correctional Officer (City, County, State)
- Court Reporter
- Crime Scene
- Examiner Homeland
- Security Official Judge
- Magistrate Lawyer
- Legal Secretary
- Paralegal and Legal
- Assistant Police Officer
- Detective Private Investigator
- Probation Officer
- State Trooper
- Criminal Intelligence Analyst
- Military ROTC candidate
- Park Ranger – Local, State, or National
- County Deputy Sheriff
- Loss Prevention Officer
Our graduates are working in positions such as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, state police officers, sheriff’s office deputies, and correctional officers and some have been commissioned as officers with the U.S. Army or Air Force. Others have gone on to pursue M.B.A.s and law degrees.
We're proud of our successful graduates. A three-year average of 96% of Cedarville graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
Internships — The criminal justice program faculty believes so strongly in the importance of internship experience that they require an internship as part of the program. Criminal justice majors can intern in a variety of related fields to gain vital experience and obtain first-hand knowledge of what working in particular areas of the field may entail. Internships help students decide what career options to pursue, help to build resumes, and provide experience that sets them apart from those they will be competing against in the job market. Our students are required to have an internship in lLaw eEnforcement, courts, or corrections. Using the Criminal Justice faculty network, every student is placed in a criminal justice agency for a semester.
National Security Minor — The national security minor will prepare you for a career in intelligence analysis. This minor must be combined with a major (in any field) in order to graduate with your bachelor’s degree and be fully prepared for your chosen career path. Course requirements for this minor involve 21 semester hours including 12 hours in a national security internship.
Real-World Exposure through the criminal justice society and faculty contacts — As part of the program, you will take part in ride-alongs with local police departments and visit state prisons. You will also take experience monthly meetings with guest speakers from the criminal justice field.
D.C. Semester — You can join fellow students and a faculty member for a life-changing experience of learning, development, and service in a semester spent in Washington, D.C.
The Center for Political Studies provides a biblical response to political and social issues of our day.
Student Organizations — Student organizations complement your coursework with opportunities to meet and learn from like- minded students and professionals.
Alpha Delta Nu provides criminal justice students with the opportunity to enhance their professional development. Members believe that a career in criminal justice is a ministry in a God-ordained institution, which is government.
Dr. Patrick Oliver discusses the increase of school shootings and how to ensure school safety.
Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take core criminal justice courses as well as courses in legal studies and local law enforcement.
- Career Planning for Criminal Justice Professional
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
Program Level and Format
From Our Students:
Steve MeachamAssociate Professor of Criminal Justice
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Patrick Oliver, Ph.D.Director of the Criminal Justice Program
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It Runs in the FamilyFor years, Derek Luke, a police officer in Kearney, Nebraska, valiantly tried to dissuade his son, Braylen, from pursuing a career in law enforcement.
Ohio Focuses on Solving Police Crisis with New InitiativeA one-of-a-kind program is vetting college students for careers in law enforcement, and Cedarville University criminal justice majors are taking full advantage.