Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Where Can This Degree Take Me?

Within a Christ-centered liberal arts curriculum, the mission of the Criminal Justice program is to provide students with a strong foundation in the studies of criminology, including criminal law, legal systems, corrections, and policing. This program will prepare students to enter advanced programs in legal studies and law enforcement and for allied careers in the criminal justice field. The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of career choices in the areas of law enforcement, cyber-crime, paralegal, and postgraduate work.

What can I do after completing the Criminal Justice Program?

We use a variety of approaches to provide students with the practical and theoretical framework they need, including labs, field trips, and internships. Some careers, such as law enforcement, require additional training and education. Trinity Criminal Justice graduates will be prepared for this next level of training. Possible career paths include:

  • Private investigator
  • FBI agent
  • Law enforcement
  • DEA agent
  • Juvenile and adult corrections
  • Secret services agent
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Immigration and customs enforcement
  • Fish and game warden

Can My Military Experience Give Me an Advantage?

For most Criminal Justice careers, military personnel may be prioritized for hire. As a veteran, equipping yourself with a Criminal Justice Degree can make you the best candidate you can be for a career in Criminal Justice. A veteran’s commitment, discipline, and training, experience with stressful and intense circumstances, loyalty to serving our country on many levels, are core qualities in Criminal Justice.

What Will I Study?

In addition to the core required courses across all majors, students pursuing a Criminal Justice degree will focus on the following areas:

  • Criminal Justice Core (49 hours)

    CRJ 201 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 hours
    CRJ 210 Criminal Courts 3 hours
    CRJ 300 Legal Writing and Communication 3 hours
    CRJ 320 Police and Societal Interactions 3 hours
    CRJ 330 Corrections 3 hours
    CRJ 351 Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime 3 hours
    CRJ 360 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice 3 hours
    CRJ 361 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 3 hours
    CRJ 420 Police Response to Protests, Riots, and Disasters 3 hours
    CRJ 445 Criminal Justice Internship 3 hours
    CRJ 460 Victimology and Restoration 3 hours
    CRJ 490 Criminal Justice Seminar 3 hours
    MA 285X Statistics 3 hours
    POL 250 American Government 3 hours
    POL 255 Constitutional Law 3 hours
    SOC 324 Criminology 3 hours


  • Recommended General Education (9 hours)

    SOC 330 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 hours
    PSY 225 Psychology of Addiction 3 hours
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours

Our Faculty

Trinity faculty members bring passion, knowledge, and real-world experience to life in the classroom. Below are just some of the faculty you may study with during your time as a Criminal Justice student at Trinity.

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