121 Credit Hours


The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice provides a broad overview of the criminal justice system, including legislation, law enforcement, courts, corrections, national security, and terrorism. The degree will necessarily entail insights from an array of cognate disciplines including psychology, sociology, economics, law, and IT. The program will also engage with a range of complex cutting-edge social issues across human rights, race relations, and immigration.

The BA Criminal Justice degree will prepare students for a range of specialized careers involving the discipline.  Graduates are prepared to work in law enforcement, public safety, national security, legal assistance and research, internet security, juvenile justice and counseling, compliance, and business careers.

This major is designed to produce graduates who have a passion for public service and learning in the context of a Christian environment. While developing knowledge and skills in social and legal areas, graduates will be well prepared for current domestic and global criminal justice and public safety issues and problems. Detail is given to using moral and ethical codes practiced at the university and applying them to principle and practice in all areas of careers in local, state, and federal criminal justice systems.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the causes of crime, the criminal law, justice system, and the corrections process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the issues of race, diversity, and socio-economic disadvantage impact criminal justice
  • Demonstrate an ability to recognize and apply relevant theoretical models from criminology and socio-legal studies
  • Demonstrate the professional skills needed to function effectively in the 21st century law enforcement context
  • Demonstrate effective research methods and communication skills, which include quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis, writing, oral communication, teamwork, and self-directed work
  • Evidence an ability to incorporate ethical and legal guidelines in addition to professional values

Admissions Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

Graduation Requirements

In order to become a candidate for graduation, a student:

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at CU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C;
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Carolina University.


37 Credit Hours

Professional Core (69 Credit Hours)

3 Credit Hours
3 Credit Hours
3 Credit Hours

Criminal Justice Electives (15 credits from the following)

3 Credit Hours

Any course(s) with a CJ prefix Up to 15 Credit Hours