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BA in CJ

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Where can this degree take me?

Within a Christ-centered liberal arts curriculum, the aim of the Criminal Justice program is to provide students with a strong foundation in the studies of criminology, including criminal law, legal systems, corrections, and policing. This program will prepare students to enter advanced programs in legal studies and law enforcement and for allied careers in the criminal justice field.

The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of career choices in the areas of law enforcement, cyber-crime, paralegal, and postgraduate work.

How long will it take to earn my degree?

In addition to 47 credits required for a major, students at Trinity College also complete 47-62 credit hours of general education requirements. These courses relate to communication skills, arts and humanities, and qualitative and analytical reasoning. Some students can substitute completed coursework that resulted in an A.A., A.S. or A.F.A. degree for those requirements, but all Trinity students must complete a series of courses focused on the foundations of Christian thinking and living. In all, a bachelor’s degree from Trinity requires at least 124 credit hours for those students beginning with zero credits. For more information on degree requirements, see the Trinity College Catalog.

Students who have already completed some coursework at the college or university level have the option of completing their degree online at Trinity. For these students, a degree can be completed in as little as 2-3 years.

What will I study?

Students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice need to complete the core program courses, as well as some strongly recommended General Education courses. Additionally, students should have skills in word processing, as well as proficiency using spreadsheets and databases.


  • Criminal Justice Requirements - 49 hours

    CRJ 201 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 hours
    CRJ 210 Criminal Courts 3 hours
    POL 250 American Government 3 hours
    POL 255 Constitutional Law 3 hours
    CRJ 300 Legal Writing and Communication 3 hours
    CRJ 320 Police and Societal Interactions 3 hours
    CRJ 330 Corrections 3 hours
    CRJ 351 Drugs, Alcohol and Crime 3 hours
    CRJ 360 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, & Criminal Justice 3 hours
    CRJ 361 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 3 hours
    CRJ 420 Police Response to Protests, Riots and Disasters 3 hours
    CRJ 445 Criminal Justice Internship 3 hours
    CRJ 460 Victimology and Restorative Justice 3 hours
    CRJ 490 Criminal Justice Seminar 3 hours
    MA 285X Statistics 4 hours
    SOC 324 Criminology 3 hours


  • Recommended General Education Courses

    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours
    SOC 330 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 hours
    PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction 3 hours

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What are the requirements for admission to this program?

All applicants must have a high school diploma or successful completion of the GED. Applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (using a 4.0 scale) for all prior college work or high school work if no prior college credits. After submitting your application, please submit all official transcripts from your past institutions to:

Trinity International University
Attn: Admissions Operations
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

We also accept electronic transcripts from secure, certified transcript delivery services. If your college or university uses such a service, please direct transcripts to [email protected]. Finally, after reviewing your past credits, a counselor will provide you with an estimate of transferable credits and an estimated timeline to graduate.