Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Evangel’s Criminal Justice program provides a solid foundation for students to become involved in the multifaceted criminal justice system, which includes law enforcement, juvenile justice, probation and parole, corrections, private security and the courts. The Criminal Justice program also prepares students to apply their Christian worldview to the realities of our culture and its many challenges. Our program creates an exceptional balance among academic preparation, practical application and the spiritual growth required for you to achieve a successful career.
With a firm foundation from the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department, the Criminal Justice Program provides our students a balance of academic preparation, practical application and spiritual growth.
In addition to providing a firm foundation and understanding of the principles, concepts, theories and practices associated with the criminal justice system, our program develops leadership and critical thinking skills in our students.
The Criminal Justice program also provides career-enhancing opportunities through a practicum/internship that allows you to gain practical experience by working in a criminal justice agency of your choice. In addition, you will augment your educational experience by participating in job shadowing, ride-alongs with law enforcement officers and serving as a volunteer in a variety of criminal justice agencies.
The Evangel Criminal Justice program provides learning opportunities that few colleges offer. Here’s one example: In our Criminal Investigation course, you not only learn how to conduct criminal investigations – you actually get to do them. We set up real-life mock crime scenes where students process the crime scene, identify and collect evidence, conduct interviews, and more. Students will learn to use evidence-processing equipment that some police departments don’t even have. Forget just listening to lectures and studying a textbook – at EU, we make sure your college experience is as interactive as possible.
The Criminal Justice program also provides an outstanding foundation for graduate school and law school admission.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Introduction to Criminal Justice||Introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States. Examines crime and the nature of law, the process of justice, aspects of criminal law and procedure, the courts and adjudication, and law enforcement|
|Criminal and Delinquent Behavior||Study of the nature and cause of crime and delinquency, including punishment, correction, and prevention of crime.|
|Drug Abuse and Alcoholism||Study of the nature and extent of drug addiction and alcohol problems, characteristics of an addictive society, the political economy of drugs and alcohol, community treatment facilities, and services to addicts and their families.|
|Criminal Investigation||In-depth study of criminal investigation. Includes the evolution of criminal investigation, the investigative process, evidence identification, collection and processing, interviewing and interrogation, report writing, follow-up investigation, and the crime laboratory.|
|Practicum in Criminal Justice||Students work in a law enforcement agency under the supervision of a field instructor to gain practical experience.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Evangel's academic programs are designed specifically to prepare you for a career in the real world. But it's more than just job preparation; it's preparing you to make a full impact in your profession through the unique combination of faith and learning. Here are some of the professions this degree would prepare you for:
- Federal Agent (Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Marshalls)
- Crime Scene Investigators
- Municipal Police Officer
- County Sheriff's Deputy
- State Police, Highway Patrol Trooper or Water Patrol
- Juvenile Officer
- Private Juvenile Facilities Worker
- Probation or Parole Officer
- Correctional Officer
- Correctional Case Worker
- Corporate Security and Investigations
- United States Military
- Crime Scene Technician
No special requirements for this program.
General Undergraduate Requirements
The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Evangel. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
|Faith||As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.|
|Diploma||Graduation from high school, or having the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.|
|Core Subjects||A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college prep classes (English, math, social sciences and science with a lab)|
|Grade Average||A "C" average. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, the student must meet scholastic requirements.|
|Standardized Tests||>Entering freshmen should take the ACT or SAT test. The codes for Evangel are as follows: SAT: 6198. ACT: 2296.|
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