criminal justice program

The B.A. in Criminal Justice from Georgian Court University is a truly multidisciplinary effort designed to maximize student’s preparation for a rapidly expanding field of professional opportunities and research.

Students who pursue a major in criminal justice at GCU will find that our faculty are passionate about their areas of scholarship and professional experiences in the field. We aim to instill in our students the ability to think critically about criminal justice systems and a desire to act with extraordinary integrity and professionalism. Our curriculum is designed with social justice and the development of concrete and translatable skills in mind. Such skills include the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, to understand strategies and tools of effective problem solving, and to evaluate the impact of diversity on criminal justice systems.

Graduates of our criminal justice program will be equipped for careers in local, state or federal government agencies; law; consulting, security, research, international agencies, social services, corrections, and nonprofit organizations.

To gain a deeper understanding of how politics, laws, and history shape society today, consider a minor in politics, law, and history.

Program

To earn a B.A. in Criminal Justice, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

Major:

  • CJ111 The Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CJ200/SO200 Theories of Crime (3)
  • CJ212 Introduction to Corrections (3)
  • CJ213 Criminal Law & Practice (3)
  • CJ225 Gender & Crime (3)
  • CJ331 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ335 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ495 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
  • PS320 Forensic Psychology (3)
  • SO101 Principles of Sociology (3)
  • SO201 Social Statistics (3)
  • Choose one:
    • SO167 Intergroup Relations (3)
    • AN112 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • Two criminal justice electives (6)

Notes: SO101 can be used to fulfill General Education requirements. Students who have no applied experience in a work or voluntary capacity in a criminal justice agency will also be required to complete CJ333 Internship in Criminal Justice (3). Students are required to take the General Education course MA103 Making Sense of Data: Statistical Thinking (3). A world language is required; Spanish is strongly recommended. Another language may be substituted with the approval of the student’s advisor.

Our Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree-completion program will help you learn skills that can lead to higher-paying jobs and promotion opportunities and set you apart from the competition. This program is designed for working professionals with 60+ college credits. Our virtual classroom experience allows you the flexibility to complete your degree in an effective learning environment—100% online. Each term is 7 or 7.5-weeks long, and students attending full time take two courses each term.

Sample Courses*

  • CJ200 Theories of Crime (3)
  • CJ212 Introduction to Corrections (3)
  • CJ302 Cybercrime (3)
  • CJ325 Gender & Crime (3)
  • CJ331 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ495 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
  • GEN400: Visioning a Future: Justice, Compassion & Service (3)
  • PL300 Philosophical Ethics (3)
  • PS320 Forensic Psychology (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • RS208 Discovering the Bible (3)
    • RS220 Christian Tradition (3)
  • SO101 Principles of Sociology (3)
  • SO167 Intergroup Relations (3)
  • SO201 Social Statistics (3)
  • WS311 Shaping Lives: Women & Gender (3)

*Students may need to take additional courses to complete their degrees based on the number of transferred credits and program requirements. Numbers in parentheses refer to number of credits.

Gain a better understanding of criminal law and ways to research criminal activity. Whether you pursue police work, counseling, or another social service career, this program delivers a broad platform to show your professional expertise. This program requires 18 credits.

Program

To earn a minor in criminal justice, you must successfully complete:

  • SO101 Principles of Sociology (3)
  • CJ111 The Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CJ200/SO200 Theories of Crime (3)
  • CJ212 Introduction to Corrections (3) or CJ213 Criminal Law & Practice (3)
  • Any two 300-level CJ, AN, or SO electives

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Expand your knowledge of crime and the law beyond our borders. Whether you focus on transnational crimes, international law, universal human rights, or the administration of criminal justice in other cultures, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the globalized world of crime and law with a minor in global justice and society.

Program

To earn a minor in global justice and society, you must successfully complete 18 credits:

  • CJ111 The Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CJ213 Criminal Law & Practice (3)
  • Two 300-level Global Justice and Society electives (as designated in concentration) (6)
  • Two additional Global Justice and Society electives (6)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Gain insights into the inner workings of two of the most dynamic areas of the criminal justice system. Whether you specialize in criminal investigations, forensics, rehabilitation, prisons, or alternative sanctions for those convicted of crimes,you’ll gain a foundational base in practical aspects of the field with a minor in law enforcement and corrections.

Program

To earn a minor in law enforcement and corrections, you must successfully complete 18 credits:

  • CJ111The Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CJ212 Introduction to Corrections (3)
  • Two 300-level Law Enforcement and Corrections electives (as designated in concentration) (6)
  • Two additional Law Enforcement and Corrections electives (6)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Criminal justice majors who would like to focus on courses specific to their career or academic interests may elect to do a concentration in one of two areas: Global Justice & Society or Law Enforcement & Corrections. Students wanting to add a concentration take four courses in either group listed below; two of the four may count toward the electives required for the major. Concentrations are an elective part of the major. Students may take alternate courses (e.g., in other departments, special topics courses) relevant to the concentration upon department chair and advisor approval.

Program

Global Justice and Society:

  • CJ313 U.S. Constitutional Law
  • CJ351 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3)
  • CJ355 Political Violence & Terrorism (3)
  • CJ365 International Human Rights Law (3)
  • CJ375 Global Justice & Law (3)
  • CJ398 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice: Torture & State Violence (3)
  • PO211 American National Government (3)
  • SO304 Globalization & Sustainability (3)
  • SW253 Human Rights & Social Justice (3)

Law Enforcement & Corrections

  • CJ221 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
  • CJ231 Juvenile Justice (3)
  • CJ343 Criminal Investigation (3)
  • CJ337 Community Justice Programs (3)
  • IH335 Integrative Stress Management & Health (3)
  • PO211 American National Government (3)
  • PO221 State & Local Government in America (3)
  • PS321 Criminal Profiling (3)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.