BS in Criminal Justice





The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to complement the existing skills of an individual to include general knowledge, human relations, and development skills, communication skills, principles of justice, and the application of organizational and leadership principles required to successfully work in today’s organizations providing public safety and law enforcement services.  This program integrates courses in human relations, criminal justice, organization, communication, and leadership to provide the student with the background necessary to be upwardly mobile within the organizational structures of public safety agencies, community non-profit organizations, and church organizations.  This includes skills required to work with police officers and police chaplains working in the community as well as in juvenile or adult detention centers, and in private organizations providing related public safety and law enforcement services.  This program also serves as a foundation for graduate-level degrees in Leadership and Management, Ministerial Leadership, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy degrees offered by Amridge University.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Effectively function in the role of prison ministry with knowledge of the jurisprudence system;
  2. Effectively function in the role of chaplain for law enforcement agencies with knowledge of the jurisprudence system;
  3. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education;
  4. Recall prominent management and supervision principles related to Public Safety and Criminal Justice.
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the criminal justice system; and
  6. Effectively communicate in professional settings.

A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

            LJ 4450 – Criminal Justice Overview

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice includes general education courses (40 semester hours), program specific courses (56 semester hours), elective courses (28 semester hours), and a capstone course (4 semester hours).



Before being graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete at least 128 semester hours of which at least 40 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the respective degree;

3.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

4.    Pass the General Competency Test (GCT);

5.    Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.