B.S. Criminal Justice
The Changing Face of Our World
The events of September 11, 2001 changed America's outlook on law enforcement, and as a result have provided more opportunities for people seeking criminal
justice careers. Police officer, private investigator, Homeland Security, DEA agent - these are just a few of the employment opportunities for those with a criminal
justice degree. But there are many criminal justice careers that don't immediately come to mind when you think of law enforcement. A degree in criminal justice
will prepare you for criminal justice careers in the following areas:
Local Law Enforcement
State Law Enforcement
- Park Police
- County Police
- Juvenile Justice Centers
- Sheriff Department
Federal Law Enforcement
- Crime Labs
- State Crime Commissions
- The Court System
- Attorney General Offices
- Narcotics Bureaus
- Liquor Control Boards
- State Police
- Department of Defense
- Department of Homeland Security
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Department of Transportation
- Federal Trade Commission
- Veterans Affairs
- Customs Agency
- Immigration and Naturalization Service
- Food and Drug Administration
- Office of the Inspector General
To meet the needs of our country in the future, Clearwater Christian College now offers the B.S. in Criminal Justice. Research the links below to discover
why a degree in Criminal Justice from Clearwater Christian College can make a difference in your life and in the world today!
- Insurance Companies
- Private Detectives
- Safety Officers
- Security Patrol Officers
Why Criminal Justice at Clearwater Christian College?
Some folks say 'education is education' and it does not matter where you go for your formal training, but we believe that a Christian education is a distinctive education. Criminal Justice graduates of Clearwater Christian College will leave with these basic advantages:
- A basic educational foundation in the liberal arts which deepens their knowledge base, widens their philosophical perspective across all academic subject areas, and extends their readiness to work with people from all walks of life;
- An excellent vocational preparation in their chosen field of service from highly trained, experienced, and caring faculty who sees their role as more than mere instructors, but as role models and mentors; and
- A spiritual foundation based on the teaching of the Word of God and modeled by Godly faculty and classmates that results in a perspective to seek real and
lasting answers to today's problems and solace to one's heart as they face evil in society.
Courses You Will Take
The B.S. in Criminal Justice includes three areas of academic coursework: the liberal arts core curriculum-courses typically completed by all liberal arts
graduates; the Bible minor core-specialized, designed coursework that gives graduates a broad foundation in the main message of the Bible, a means of
applying such truths to one's life, and an apologetic which helps one defend their faith in light of various secular philosophies; and the program
core-courses required in your specific degree field. The liberal arts core and Bible minor curriculum are typically pursued by every student and the
specific coursework can be found in the college catalog. The program core courses for the Criminal Justice major are listed below.
CJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJU 204 Introduction to Law Enforcement and Corrections
CJU 210 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CJU 220 Justice Administration and Management
CJU 230 Courts & Judicial Process
CJU 260 Criminal Justice Practicum
CJU 301 Criminology
CJU 310 Juvenile Justice
CJU 320 Public Safety and Security
CJU 330 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CJU 340 Research Methods in Criminology
CJU 350 Substance Abuse
CJU 360 Victimology
CJU 410 Psychology, Policy, and Law
CJU 420 Criminalistics
CJU 430 Criminal Law
CJU 450 Criminal Justice Seminar
CJU 473 Advanced Directed Study and Research
CJU 480 Criminal Justice Internship
PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology
Specific course descriptions can be found in the college catalog.
One feature of our Criminal Justice program is the encouragement of practical experience. Throughout your program, you will be encouraged to investigate
what is transpiring today in the world of criminal justice. Entry-level experiences include observing court proceedings and trials, participating in
'ride-alongs' with law enforcement representatives, shadowing crime scene professionals and private detectives, and ministering in jails or juvenile
detention centers through Christian Service opportunities. Many of our Criminal Justice majors will seek employment in security and other related fields
either on our CCC campus or in the local community where the demand is ever-increasing. Every graduate participates in a directed practicum during their sophomore
year and an internship during their final or senior year. Such experiences often give graduates 'the edge' in employment situations or enhance their chances
for admission to graduate school programs in criminal justice related fields.
Many Criminal Justice graduates will be looking for employment immediately after graduation. The two important questions one typically considers
in this area are 'What jobs in criminal justice am I best suited for?' and 'How will CCC help me find my first job after graduation?'
Most students enter
college with certain employment aspirations, but with minimal knowledge or readiness for the job. In CJU 260 Criminal Justice Practicum, your instructor
will guide you in your decision on a career through skills evaluation and exploration of careers in criminal justice, and give you tips on how to best
pursue the field or job you want. In addition, a personality assessment will be administered to help you recognize your personal strengths and weaknesses
in order to assist you in self-management and career choices. Our Guidance and Career Services Office will provide general and individualized direction to
all CCC students, directing you to potential employees and providing information on proper application and interview skills.
The Criminal Justice program at Clearwater Christian College is designed to prepare our graduates for career paths or to continue one's education in graduate school.
Most graduate programs in Criminal Justice require extensive writing and research competencies. CJU 473 Advanced Directed Study and Research is designed specifically
to assist graduates with higher education aspirations and can be taken as an elective in your program.
Upon enrollment, Clearwater Christian College students are assigned an academic advisor whose main role is to guide their charge in making appropriate course
selections each semester. However, this relationship naturally matures over time when the advisor helps the student in personal, academic, and professional
matters and pursuits. Many graduates maintain this relationship after graduation as they pursue professional, spiritual, and family endeavors.
I Am Interested! What Do I Do Next?
At this point, you need to begin acting upon your interest. Contact the admissions department at CCC and ask to speak to an academic advisor if you have
additional questions. Apply Now to start the admission process.
Arrange a visit to
see the college and to investigate our program face-to-face with the individuals who will be serving you during your four years at CCC. Special admissions
days for prospects are scheduled throughout the academic year. Contact the admissions office at 1-800-348-4463 for the next opportunity.