B.A. in Criminal Justice

APU’s criminal justice major prepares students to engage with and improve our federal, state, and local criminal justice systems.

51 units

A minimum 2.0 grade-point average is required in all major courses, and students must pass all required courses with a C or higher. Students must earn at least 50% of major course credits at Azusa Pacific University to graduate with a degree in criminal justice. No more than 50% of required criminal justice courses can be lower-division.

No more than 10 percent of the criminal justice major credits may be completed through knowledge-based examinations (e.g., CLEP). All credit earned through examination will be clearly documented on the student’s official transcript by specific course designations and numbers, including the source of the credit. Awarding blanket credit for criminal justice courses in a “block” is not allowed (e.g., “12 hours criminal justice credit”).

Core Courses
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 13
or MATH 115 Mathematics in Society
CJ 110Introduction to Criminal Justice 23
CJ 220Police and Society3
CJ 240Introduction to Corrections: Jails and Prisons3
CJ 250Juvenile Justice3
CJ 280American Court System3
CJ 310Criminological Theories3
CJ 340Victimology3
CJ 350Race, Ethnicity and Crime3
WRIT 262Writing 2: Criminal Justice Research Methods 33
CJ 362Writing 3: Criminal Justice Research Design 43
CJ 494Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice 53
Elective Courses15
Criminal Justice, Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility 6
Criminal Law
Introduction to Criminal Law
The Criminalization of Youth
Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Law: Fundamental Freedoms
Gender & Crime
Sex Crimes
Forensic Psychology for Criminal Justice Professionals
Criminal Justice Internship 7, 8
Public Administration Practicum
Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Theory and Practice of Public Administration
Program Implementation and Evaluation 7
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Family Violence
Intimate Relationship Violence: Assessment and Intervention
Total Units51

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of traditional and contemporary criminology theories.
  2. Critique how major components of the criminal justice system respond to crime, criminals, and victims from theoretical and practical perspectives.
  3. Employ data and methods of social science research to respond to contemporary criminal justice issues.
  4. Illustrate ways in which race and ethnicity are linked to differential justice within criminal justice systems.
  5. Demonstrate a Christian worldview in recognizing, understanding, and applying ethical reasoning skills in criminal justice.