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.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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.

General Education Courses
Communication
EH 1401 English Composition I
EH 1402 English Composition II
8
Humanities/Fine Arts
HM 2410 Introduction to Ethics
PH 3420 Survey of the Bible
4
Mathematics
MH 1403 College Algebra
MH 1404 Finite Math
4
Natural Science
HE 1401 Health
HE 1405 Human Nutrition
SC 1410 Introduction to Life Sciences
BY 2401 Biology I
4
Social Science/Behavioral Science
PG 2401 General Psychology
SY 2401 Introductory Sociology
HY 2403 Western Civilization I
HY 2404 Western Civilization II
GT 2405 Your American Government
HY 1401 United States History I
HY 1402 United States History II
EC 3403 Microeconomics
EC 3405 Macroeconomics
4
Electives
Humanities/Fine Arts, Mathematics/Natural Sciences, Social/Behavioral Sciences
16
Total General Education Course Hours 40
Required Courses
FD 1412 Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program)
HD 4430 Psychological Profiling
HS 2403 Introduction to Public Safety and Security
HS 2420 Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes
LJ 2409 Criminal Investigation
LJ 2445 Criminology
LJ 3401 Criminal Justice
LJ 3405 Criminal Law
LJ 3406 Criminal Evidence
LJ 3411 Criminal Procedures
LJ 3417 White Collar Crime
LJ 3421 Organized Crime
MC 4406 Professional Public Relations
MC 4426 Interview and Interrogation
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Total Required Courses 56
Elective Courses (select from 1000-4000 level courses) 28
Capstone Course
LJ 4450 Criminal Justice Overview  4
Capstone Course Hours  4
Total Hours for Bachelor’s Degree   128
*Recommended Electives
CO 3428 Introduction to Information Security (Cyber Security)
HD 4430 Psychological Profiling
HS 3415 Investigating Terrorism
HS 3421 Terrorism Risk Assessment
HS 4415 World Conflict
HS 4440 Psychology and Sociology of Terrorism
LJ 2401 Corrections and Penal Systems in the U.S.
LJ 3407 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
LJ 3415 Terrorism Today
LJ 3440 Public Information Officer
LJ 4401 Constitutional Law
LJ 4421 Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
LJ 4430 Incident Command System
LJ 4435 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
LJ 4440 Criminal Justice Internship
MC 4402 Communication in Professional Settings
MC 4407 Management Principles
NT 3403 Introduction and Survey of the New Testament
OS 3415 Risk Analysis and Security Survey
OS 3440 Emergency Preparedness Planning for Corporations
OT 3401 Introduction and Survey of the Old Testament
PH 4401 World Views: Islam, Humanism, Marxism, Christianity
TH 4405 Systematic Theology
Open Electives (select from 1000-4000 level courses)
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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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