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Bachelor of Science 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. Recall basic component agencies, key terms, procedures, and prominent theories that influence the formal criminal justice system of the United States.
  2. Explain the fundamental elements of criminal and constitutional law.
  3. Resolve criminal procedures scenarios with ethical decision- making systems.
  4. Understand the legal role of evidence within the judicial processing of criminal offenders.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of strategies used to gather information for an investigation.


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

4.    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.

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program include general education courses (40 semester hours), program-specific courses (40 semester hours), and elective courses (48 semester hours).

General Education Courses Sem. Hrs.
Communications 8
EH 1401 English Composition I
EH 1402 English Composition II
Humanities/Fine Arts 4
HM 2410 Introduction to Ethics
– OR –
PH 3420 Survey of the Bible
Mathematics/Natural Science 8
MH 1403 College Algebra
– OR –
MH 1404 Finite Math
BY 2401 Principles of Biology I
– OR –
HE 1401 Health
– OR –
HE 1405 Human Nutrition
– OR –
SC 1410 Introduction to Life Sciences
Social Science/Behavioral Science 4
EC 3403 Microeconomics
– OR –
EC 3405 Macroeconomics
– OR –
GT 2401 You and the American Government
– OR –
HY 1401 United States History I
– OR –
HY 1402 United States History II
– OR –
HY 2403 Western Civilization I
– OR –
HY 2404 Western Civilization II
– OR –
PG 2401 General Psychology
– OR –
SY 2401 Introductory Sociology
Mathematics/Natural Science, Social Science/Behavioral Science, Humanities/Fine Arts 16
Total General Education Course Hours 40
Required Courses  
FD 1412 Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program) 4
HS 2403 Introduction to Public Safety and Security 4
LJ 2409 Criminal Investigation 4
LJ 3401 Criminal Justice 4
LJ 3405 Criminal Law 4
LJ 3406 Criminal Evidence 4
LJ 3411 Criminal Procedures 4
LJ 4401 Constitutional Law 4
LJ 4450 Criminal Justice Overview 4
MC 4426 Interview and Interrogation 4
Total Required Course Hours 40
*Elective Course Hours (select from 1000-4000 level courses) 48
Total Hours for Bachelor’s Degree 128
*Recommended Electives
CO 3428 Introduction to Information Security (Cyber Security) 4
HD 4430 Psychological Profiling 4
HS 2420 Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes 4
HS 3415 Investigating Terrorism 4
HS 3421 Terrorism Risk Assessment 4
HS 4415 World Conflict 4
HS 4440 Psychology and Sociology of Terrorism 4
LJ 2401 Corrections and Penal Systems in the U.S. 4
LJ 2445 Criminology 4
LJ 3407 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 4
LJ 3415 Terrorism Today 4
LJ 3417 White Collar Crime 4
LJ 3421 Organized Crime 4
LJ 3440 Public Information Officer 4
LJ 4421 Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice 4
LJ 4430 Incident Command System 4
LJ 4435 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations 4
LJ 4440 Criminal Justice Internship 4
MC 4402 Communication in Professional Settings 4
MC 4406 Professional Public Relations 4
MC 4407 Management Principles 4
NT 3403 Introduction and Survey of the New Testament 4
OS 3415 Risk Analysis and Security Survey 4
OS 3440 Emergency Preparedness Planning for Corporations 4
OT 3401 Introduction and Survey of the Old Testament 4
PH 4401 World Views: Islam, Humanism, Marxism, Christianity 4
TH 4405 Systematic Theology 4
Open Electives (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

Common Titles:

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Institutional Counselor
  • Parole Officer
  • Community Correction Worker
  • Investigator
  • Victim/Witness Advocate
  • Asset Protection
  • Correction Officer

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