Overview

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.

Rationale: The mission of this degree program is to provide students with a strong liberal arts education with an emphasis on criminal justice theory and practice.  In contrast to other competitor programs, the PIU Criminal Justice degree is distinguished by an emphasis on work-integrated learning and experiential education. These elements enable PIU students to both gain mastery in disciplinary knowledge and demonstrate application of that knowledge within related professional contexts. Therefore, completion of this degree means the instillation of critical thinking, reasoning, writing, career readiness, and social interaction skills, in addition to capabilities in personal reflection, empathy, and digital literacy for solving political, legal, and social problems. In addition, students develop global citizenship and inter-cultural communication skills.

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.

 

 


 

 

 
 

Admissions Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • An application with Piedmont International University
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Follow all steps of admissions
 

Objectives

Graduates of the Criminal Justice Program will:

  • 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. 
 

Summary of Required Hours

General Education (incl. Bible courses) 30
Speciality Area 90
Total 120

Degree Completion Plan

 

Fall

GE101   English Composition I   3 hrs
CJ101   Introduction to Criminal Justice   3 hrs
CJ102   Crime in America   3 hrs
CJ 103   Current Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice   3 hrs
BH100   Introduction to the Bible   3 hrs
GH101   Survey of World History I   3 hrs

Total: 18 hrs


Spring

GE102   English Composition II   3 hrs
BH104   Biblical Interpretation   3 hrs
GE111   Mathematics Survey   3 hrs
CJ 202   Criminology: Crime Theory and Criminal Behavior   3 hrs
CJ 212   Crime and the Law   3 hrs
GP202   General Psychology   3 hrs

Total: 18

Year 2: 30 credits

Fall Semester                                                             Spring Semester

Code

Course

Credit

Code

Course

Credit

CJ 201

Professional Policing

3

BN102

New Testament Survey

3

CJ 204

Criminal Investigation and Interrogation

3

CJ 222

Digital skills and criminal justice

3

CJ 211

Criminal Law

3

CJ 213

Corrections

3

BO101

Old Testament Survey

3

CJ 214

Professional Perspectives on Policing

3

GH204

American Government

3

CJ220

Work-integrated Practicum*

3

Total

 

15

Total

 

15

Year 3: 30 credits

Fall Semester                                                 Spring Semester

Code

Course

Credit

Code

Course

Credit

CJ 301

Statistics for Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

3

CJ 310

Gangs and Crime

3

MI406

Cultural Anthropology

3

CJ311

Victimology

3

CJ303

Crisis Management, Intervention and Mediation

3

CJ 302

Criminal Procedure

3

CJ320

Crime and Drug Addition

3

CJ 315

Introduction to Human Rights

3

CJ333

Moot Court

3

CJ399

Criminal Justice internship#

3

Total

 

15

Total

 

15

Year 4: 24 credits

Fall Semester                                                             Spring Semester

Code

Course

Credit

Code

Course

Credit

CJ407

International Crime and Justice

 

3

CJ415

Terrorism, Intelligence, and National Security

 

3

CJ408

Cybercrime

3

CJ411

Race, Class, and Punishment

3

CJ403

Immigration and Criminal Justice

3

CJ412

Work-integrated practicum

3

CJ410

White Collar Crime

3

CJ420

Seminar Paper

3

Total

 

12

Total

 

12

The student must have: