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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Our criminal justice system needs employees who care about the individuals entrusted to their care. As a criminal justice major at SBU, you will benefit from the individualized instruction coming from small class sizes and a faith-based approach that will teach you the foundations of criminal justice with an emphasis on servant leadership.

With both theoretical and practical emphases, you will learn about the criminal justice system, criminal law and law enforcement and will be prepared for a variety of potential career paths, such as law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, private security, research and more. Some graduates go on to law school or other graduate-level work.

SBU students

the sbu advantage

  • All faculty have first-hand field experience and are dedicated to sharing their experiences as they teach and equip students.
  • 14 hours of transfer credit are granted to individuals who have received certification upon completion of 400-600 hours or equivalent training programs of the police/sheriff's academies and who subsequently enroll in this program at SBU.
  • Broaden your opportunities by adding a second major or minor in psychology or sociology to your degree program.

Faith Integration

SBU's criminal justice faculty is committed to the integration of Christian faith with the academic curriculum. Faith adds an important perspective in class discussions about the criminal justice system, society issues and ethics. For example, the belief that the root of our societal problems lies in the sin nature into which we are born impacts how we approach criminal justice issues. 

Faculty's personal Christian faith influences interaction with students on a daily basis. Faculty pray with students and genuinely care about them in and out of the classroom.

While all courses inherently integrate the Christian faith, the department of behavioral sciences also offers special classes specifically focused on faith integration, such as Psychology of Religion and Agape Love and Altruism.

The department has adopted 2 Peter 1:5-7 as its department verse: "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love."

Shelley Kilpatrick

Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, Department Chair
Kelly Martin

Dr. Kelly Martin, Professor

clubs and organizations

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES CLUB

As a behavioral sciences student you are encouraged to join SBU's Behavioral Science Club, which unites all students interested in and studying the behavioral sciences, including criminal justice, psychology, social work and sociology. Club members meet regularly to encourage each other and participate in various service projects.

PSI CHI

Join SBU's chapter of Psi Chi, a national honor society for students of psychology who excel in scholarship, display high standards of personal behavior, and seek to advance the science of psychology.

SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SOCIETY (SCJS)

Join SBU's chapter of Sociology and Criminal Justice Society (SCJS), an honor society for behavioral sciences students studying sociology and criminal justice.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
SOC 1003 Introduction to Sociology 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

  Physical Science or Earth Science 4
CRJ 2313 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
PSY 3033 Abnormal Psychology 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
Total hours 16
 

Junior

Fall Semester

SOC 2012 Human Diversity 2
CRJ 3313 Law Enforcement Organization/Administration 3
SPF 2012 Spiritual Formation 2
PSY 3073 Social Psychology 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

SOC 4033 Criminology 3
CRJ 2333 Judicial Process (spring, even) 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
Total hours 15
 

Senior

Fall Semester

CRJ 4313 Correction in America 3
CRJ 4373 Police Methods and Procedures 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

CRJ 3373 Juvenile Delinquency 3
CRJ 4333 Criminal Law 3
  Elective/Internship 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
  Elective/Extended Core/Upper Level Course 3
Total hours 18

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation. The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Complete the graduation requirements and general education requirements for the B.S. degree and complete one of the following three options (1) 8-9 hours of upper level psychology, sociology or natural sciences, (2) complete the requirements for a minor within the department, (3) complete the requirements for a second major as listed in the catalog plus 36 hours in criminal justice including: Note: The approved second major from this department would be Psychology, Social Work or Sociology.

Download in PDF format:
Criminal Justice Plan