Criminal Justice

 
B.A. MajorMinor

A degree in criminal justice lets you study crime and the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts and corrections. Learn to use scientific perspectives and methodologies to examine society’s response to crime around the world.

At Concordia, you will be prepared for a career in criminal justice with skills in writing, communications, and analysis. Learn the ins and outs of law enforcement agencies and how the judicial system works.

Financial Aid

100%
of students receive financial assistance.

Criminal Justice Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Probation Officer
  • DEA Compliance Program Assisant

Graduate Schools

  • Walden University
  • Grand Canyon Univeristy
  • Colorado State University
  • University of New Haven
  • Lynn University

Criminal Justice Faculty

Criminal Justice Student and Alumni Reviews

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Scene of the Crime

A crime scene house located near campus will aid your study of forensic science experiments, demonstrations, and training. It’s a chance to get real-world, hands-on training of what it means to investigate a crime.

Circle K
Circle K

Circle K International is the world’s largest collegiate-level service organization. The Circle K Club at Concordia provides you with the opportunity to participate in organized volunteer activities providing needed service to individuals, families, and the community.

Study Abroad
Study Abroad

Students at Concordia are encouraged to consider a study abroad experience. Spend an entire year or a semester overseas through exchange programs in places like England, Italy and China. There are also shorter, for-credit trips across the country and around the world available for you to broaden your horizons!

Present Your Findings
Present Your Findings

Each spring, Concordia hosts the Concordia University Research Symposium. The symposium gives you the opportunity to present your personal research or project in either oral or poster presentation format. Gain real-world presentation experience and network with professionals in your field.

Criminal Justice Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  •  
    CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    3
    This is an introductory class to the study of criminal justice. Students will be introduced to the history of the American Criminal Justice system and its primary components: law enforcement, courts, corrections, police work, types of crime and responses to crime.
  •  
    Gen Ed 15 Credit Hours
    15

Semester 2

  •  
    CJ 200 Introduction to Law Enforcement
    3
    Introductory course on the role of police in American society and the functions of law enforcement professionals. This course will cover topics within the field of criminal justice from a law enforcement perspective.
  •  
    Bio 230 Introduction to Forensic Science
    3
    Lecture 3. Survey of the application of science to the law. Topics include pathology, anthropology, chemical analysis of drugs and other evidence, DNA, ballistics, and crime scene investigation.
  •  
    Bio 231 Introduction to Forensic Science Lab
    1
    Lab. 2. Selected introductory laboratory applications in forensic science.
  •  
    Gen Ed 8 Credit Hours
    8

Semester 3

  •  
    CJ 300 Criminal Investigations
    3
    This course introduces criminal investigation procedures. Investigative processes related to law enforcement will be reviewed, including the limits on such investigations.
  •  
    CTA 333 Intercultural Communication
    3
    The study of cultural practices that influence the exchange of meaning between individuals and groups of differing cultural/racial backgrounds. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the uniqueness of cultures, the resulting variations in communication styles and preferences, and to provide strategies and skills for successful communication across cultures. Students will have a 20-hour lab requirement (outside of class) attached to the course.
  •  
    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 4

  •  
    CJ 350 Overview of the American Legal System
    3
    This course will provide students with a basic knowledge of criminal and civil laws and judicial procedures in the United States of America. Discussion of federal, state, and local laws will be covered.
  •  
    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 5

  •  
    HHP 281 Health Topics: Drug Education
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address the issues of drug/substance use, misuse and abuse.
  •  
    Hist 487 United States Constitutional History
    3
    This course explores the history of the United States Constitution through an examination of its creation in Philadelphia in 1787, subsequent amendments to the Constitution over the last two hundred years and the constitutional crises that have periodically confronted the country.
  •  
    Gen Ed 14 Credit Hours
    14

Semester 6

  •  
    CJ 400 Ethics in Criminal Justice
    3
    This course will examine the moral codes and ethical decisions involved when working within the criminal justice system.
  •  
    Gen Ed 15 Credit Hours
    15

Semester 7

  •  
    Soc 221 Social Problems
    3
    Examines major social issues in America society, problems of the young and the elderly, alienation, deviant behavior, ecological problems, bureaucratic structure vis-à-vis individual freedom, and social disorganization.
  •  
    Gen Ed 15 Credit Hours
    15

Semester 8

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    CJ 481 Criminal Justice Internship
    3
    The Criminal Justice Internship is a planned and supervised educational experience which integrates the knowledge and theory of criminal justice gained through course work with field experience. Students observe professionals in the field and participate as determined between the supervisor of that agency and the student. Students must contact the office of career services to obtain the undergraduate internship/practicum packet and complete the required process.
  •  
    Gen Ed 15 Credit Hours
    15