Program Overview

A successful criminal justice career requires a broad knowledge base for the major elements of police work, criminal law and procedure, risk analysis and response, and investigative processes and procedure. The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at LAPU equips students with professional knowledge and practical skills in criminal justice while integrating a Christian worldview. Students who major in criminal justice learn about the field from both an academic and professional perspective, addressing topics from a theoretical as well as a practitioner viewpoint. With the opportunity to specialize in their field, students are able to pursue personal or specific career interests by choosing an emphasis area.

Program Highlights

  • Develop professional competencies in criminal justice, including an understanding of the various components of the field
  • Apply principles of Christian ethics in response to ethical dilemmas and issues
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, as well as critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Utilize appropriate research concepts and processes in the analysis of criminal justice issues, practices, and trends

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Potential Careers

Graduates of the program are armed with the knowledge and practical skills needed to succeed in a variety of roles in related industries:

Fraud Investigator

Intelligence Analyst

Correctional Officer

Police and Sherriff's Patrol Officer

Police Detective

Child, Family, and School Social Worker

Course Requirements

Students must complete the following degree components at LAPU or via applicable transfer credits. See the catalog for more details.

General Education Requirements
31 Credits

General Education (31): see catalog for more details

31 Credits
Program Requisites
12 Credits

CRJU 105Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 Credits

CRJU 280Crime and Criminology

3 Credits

CRJU 290The Police Function

3 Credits

STAT 280Applied Statistics

3 Credits
Major Requirements
45 Credits

CRJU 300Criminal Justice Research Methodology

3 Credits

CRJU 320Criminal Law, Substantive

3 Credits

CRJU 330Crime and Delinquency

3 Credits

CRJU 340Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

3 Credits

CRJU 350Criminal Justice Ethics

3 Credits

CRJU 370The Adjudication Function

3 Credits

CRJU 380Professional Writing

3 Credits

CRJU 390Criminal Investigation

3 Credits

CRJU 410Corrections

3 Credits

CRJU 420Terrorism and Homeland Security

3 Credits

CRJU 430Principles of Public Administration

3 Credits

CRJU 440Constitutional Law

3 Credits

CRJU 450Forensics

3 Credits

CRJU 460Risk Analysis and Security

3 Credits

CRJU 490Criminal Justice Capstone/Senior Project

3 Credits
Electives
32 Credits

Electives (32): choose 100-400 level courses from the catalog

32 Credits
Total Credits
120 Credits
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Recommended Concentrations

A concentration is similar to a minor, but more integrated and with no extra units added to the degree. Each program allows you to choose a concentration to sharpen your skills and specialize in a focused area of study.

Clinical Psychology

Training in psychological theory, concepts, and methodology in order to prepare for a career in the clinical arena.

The Clinical Psychology concentration is geared toward those interested in the mental health profession. Students are effectively trained in psychological theory, concepts, and methodology in order to prepare them for a career in the clinical arena. Concentration courses provide the opportunity for practical application and building a critical skill set needed within this profession. Students are prepared for graduate education if the desire is for licensure as a counselor through a master’s in counseling or psychology, as well as prepared for opportunities to work in the social service or mental health industries.

PSYC 400 – Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 425 – Crisis Counseling and Intervention (3 Credits)

PSYC 450 – Family Systems (3 Credits)

PSYC 455 – Conflict Management (3 Credits)

PSYC 480 – Group Processes (3 Credits)

Criminal Behavior

Explores criminal behavior, group dynamics (such as gangs), forensics, and conflict management.

The Criminal Behavior concentration acquaints the student with criminal behavior, group dynamics (such as gangs), forensics, and conflict management (such as how to defuse an irate inmate). Courses provide the fundamental foundation of principles, concepts, theories, and skills required to work with this particular population. Students may choose to build a profession working with those displaying criminal behavior or extend their studies to law school or perhaps a master’s in criminal justice or criminal behavior. This degree also provides a foundation for higher-level government jobs.

PSYC 345 – Criminal Behavior (3 Credits)

PSYC 415 – Forensic Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 445 – Conflict Management (3 Credits)

PSYC 455 – Motivation (3 Credits)

PSYC 480 – Group Processes (3 Credits)

Cultural Psychology

Preparing for a profession associated with human services working with diverse populations.

The Cultural Psychology concentration provides a foundation to study, through the lens of psychology, the world’s rapidly changing culture. Psychological cultural sensitivity and training are critical when working with diverse populations. Students in this concentration engage material to guide thinking and skill related to cultural phenomenon impacting society at large, as well as particular populations. Fundamental psychological theories, concepts, and strategies will prepare students for a profession associated with human services working with diverse populations.

PSYC 435 – Gender Issues in Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 450 – Family Systems (3 Credits)

PSYC 455 – Conflict Management (3 Credits)

PSYC 480 – Group Processes (3 Credits)

BUSN 485 – Management and Organizational Behavior (3 Credits)

Human Services

Provides foundations in pivotal applied psychological theory and methodologies geared toward helping people.

The Human Services concentration utilizes a more general approach and sets students up for a broad scope of career opportunities. Designed to aid students in creating a clear set of skills for helping people, this concentration provides foundations in pivotal applied psychological theory and methodologies geared toward aiding people while understanding their framework of experience.

PSYC 425 – Crisis Counseling and Intervention (3 Credits)

PSYC 435 – Gender Issues in Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 445 – Adolescent Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 460 – Motivation (3 Credits)

PSYC 480 – Group Processes (3 Credits)

Public Administration

Introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of managers and leaders in the public service sector.

The concentration in Public Administration introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of managers and leaders in the public service sector. Students will become familiar with various functions of public administrators in the areas of theory of leadership, finance, risk management, change management, and human resources. Particular attention is paid to the relationship of various departments and agencies within a governmental structure.

ORGS 330 – Managerial Finance (3 Credits)

ORGS 350 – Leadership Ethics (3 Credits)

ORGS 420 – Human Resource Strategy (3 Credits)

CRJU 430 – Principles of Public Administration (3 Credits)

CRJU 460 – Risk Analysis and Security (3 Credits)

ISYS 470 – Information Security and Compliance (3 Credits)

ORGS 360 – Organizational Analysis (3 Credits)

PSYC 455 – Conflict Management (3 Credits)

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