Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Edition

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

A successful criminal justice career requires a broad knowledge base for the major elements of police work, criminal law and procedure, risk analysis and response, and investigative processes and procedure. The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) program at Los Angeles Pacific University equips students with professional knowledge and practical skills in criminal justice while integrating a Christian worldview.

Students who major in criminal justice learn about the field from both an academic and professional perspective, addressing topics from a theoretical as well as a practitioner viewpoint. With the opportunity to specialize in their field, students are able to pursue personal or specific career interests by choosing to include a concentration.

Careers in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement include the areas of criminology, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. For many occupations within the field, a four-year undergraduate degree is considered to be entry level. Occupations in this rapidly growing field include probation officers and correctional treatment specialists; detective or criminal investigators; forensic science technicians; patrol officers; and paralegals.

Graduates will also be equipped to continue their studies in graduate programs in criminal justice, criminology, law, public administration, or related fields.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for the B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Demonstrate the ability to integrate biblical concepts and principles with discipline-specific topics and domains.
  • PLO 2: Develop professional competencies in criminal justice, including an understanding of the various components of the field.
  • PLO 3: Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • PLO 4: Utilize appropriate research concepts and processes in the analysis of criminal justice issues, practices, and trends.
  • PLO 5: Demonstrate critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • PLO 6: Apply principles of Christian ethics in response to ethical dilemmas and issues within the field of criminal justice.
  • PLO 7: Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.

The Los Angeles Pacific University Core comprises the General Education requirements and the LAPU Distinctives. Students are encouraged to complete the Core before beginning their major requirements. General Education requirements may be met by transfer work. The LAPU Distinctives are required for all undergraduate degrees at LAPU.

Requirement Title Credits
General Education Requirements25
LAPU Distinctives9
Total Credits34

General Education

Requirement Title Credits
English Communication
COMM 105Public Communication3
ENGL 105Introduction to Academic Research and Writing3
ARTS 110Introduction to Art3
ENGL 115Introduction to Literature3
or PHIL 205 Introduction to Philosophy
or PHIL 210 Introduction to Ethics
Quantitative Reasoning
STAT 280Applied Statistics3
Behavioral Sciences
ECON 203Principles of Microeconomics3
or PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology
Social Sciences
HIST 202World Civilizations3
or HIST 204 U.S. History from 1865
or HIST 420 United States History and the Constitution
Physical and Biological Sciences
BIOL 230Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab4
or BIOL 240 Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab
or CHEM 115 Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab
or NSCI 150 Introduction to Astronomy/Lab
Total Credits25

LAPU Distinctives

Requirement Title Credits
BIBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
BIBL 230Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts3
ISTU 101Success in the University 13
Total Credits9

Must be taken at LAPU.


To earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, students must complete the following degree components:

Requirement Title Credits
Core 131
Program Requisites12
Major Requirements45
Total Credits120

34 credits total; 3 credits are counted below in Program Requisites.

In order to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, students must complete the following required courses while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 in their major courses:

Requirement Title Credits
Core Requirement 131
Program Requisites
CRJU 105Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU 280Crime and Criminology3
CRJU 290The Police Function3
STAT 280Applied Statistics3
Major Requirements
CRJU 300Criminal Justice Research Methodology3
CRJU 320Criminal Law, Substantive3
CRJU 330Crime and Delinquency3
CRJU 340Critical Issues in Criminal Justice3
CRJU 350Criminal Justice Ethics3
CRJU 370The Adjudication Function3
CRJU 380Professional Writing3
CRJU 390Criminal Investigation3
CRJU 410Corrections3
CRJU 420Terrorism and Homeland Security3
CRJU 430Principles of Public Administration3
CRJU 440Constitutional Law3
CRJU 450Forensics3
CRJU 460Risk Analysis and Security3
CRJU 490Criminal Justice Capstone/Senior Project3
Electives Requirement 232
Total Credits120

3 credits of the 34-credit Core are fulfilled within the Program Requisites.


Students may choose from any course in the catalog. If students wish to complete a concentration, they may complete a maximum of two concentrations.

Students may also earn up to 30 credits of electives via Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). 


Criminal Justice students are encouraged to explore concentrations that will bring a unique value to their degree program.

Recommended Concentrations