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You are a working professional who wants to advance your career. You desire to learn more about the operation of the criminal justice system. You're interested in pursuing a position in law enforcement, corrections, or the courts.
If this describes you, then the online criminal justice program at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU Adult and Online Behavioral Sciences Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career in criminal justice.


Major Description 


As a criminal justice major at NGU, you will spend much of your time on report writing, information gathering, law examination, evidence gathering, and terrorism prevention.
You will learn about law enforcement operations, judicial process, corrections structure, research methodology, conflict resolution and mediation, and career development strategy, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own career.

Ultimately, the online criminal justice degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of field-related pursuits.   




We offer online, on campus, and virtual class  sessions to provide adults with the most enhanced learning environments. It gives you the choice to shape your educational experience, fitting your life and learning style. In this flexible program, you can choose to complete your degree fully online or you can take advantage of a blended learning environment that gives you the opportunity to interact with your professor and peers face to face, online or in a virtual real-time session on a weekly basis.

What is a blended learning environment?


For select courses, you will have opportunity to complete your degree fully online or you can supplement the online component with a blended learning environment that gives you the opportunity to interact each week with your professor and peers face-to-face, online or in a virtual real-time session.




The curriculum within the criminal justice program at NGU builds a solid foundation for those who work in fields that center on helping others from a Christian perspective. In both programs, psychology and criminal justice, you will be prepared for your career by being exposed to the various theories of your respective fields presented from a Christian worldview. You will complete coursework that gives insight into the day-to-day practice of your profession and requirements for success.

With progression, the focus of coursework moves from theoretical toward application. You will then have an opportunity to build a portfolio showcasing individual experience to earn credit hours and pursue an internship placement, gaining experience in your chosen area of study.



Faculty members in the Adult and Online Behavioral Sciences Department hold a minimum of a master's degree in their respective fields, and the majority possess a terminal doctorate-level degree. The faculty of the Behavioral Sciences Department consists of individuals who have worked extensively in the field, and each brings a wealth of experience to the online classroom. They are able to utilize experience and provide insight as to how the theoretical becomes practical.

In addition to an educational background and relevant career experience, the faculty members also bring a love of the Lord to the eCampus; they are committed Christians and leaders in their community. They are able to incorporate their beliefs into teaching and mentor the learners into becoming the difference-makers of tomorrow.





  • Abnormal Psychology
  • American National Government
  • Business Law I
  • Careers and Networking Strategies
  • Criminal Justice Internship II
  • Criminal Justice Internship III
  • Criminal Justice Internship IV
  • Current Issues in the Public Square
  • Cybercrime
  • Ethics and Politics
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Legal Issues
  • Principles of Leadership
  • Servant Leadership
  • Special Topics
  • State and Local Government
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Writing for Criminal Justice and Legal Professionals





  • Border patrol agent
  • Corrections officer
  • Court support
  • FBI agent
  • Federal law enforcement
  • Game warden
  • Military
  • Police officer
  • Probation officer


Learning Experience


Career Setting

You will be assigned to interact with others in a clinical or career setting and observe theory applied, as well as assignments that promote interaction with individuals in the chosen field of practice.

Portfolio Creation

Psychology and criminal justice students are required to take Portfolio Development, in which you will create a document showcasing accomplishments. This portfolio will be reviewed by the instructor and dean to assess credit hours earned.

Internship Placement

Senior-level behavioral sciences students are eligible for internship placement, earning credit hours, at a site of their choice (pending instructor approval).


The courses listed below are required for this major. Courses do not need to be completed in the exact order shown. Once admitted, Academic Advising will assist in personalizing your degree plan. View the online Schedule for upcoming course offerings. 

General Education Courses
e-Learning (3 hours)
Academic Success (3 hours)
Biblical Foundations (3 hours)
Jesus in Matthew's Gospel (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
Contemporary Mathematics or higher math course (3 hours)
Natural science course (3 hours)
Psychology or sociology course (3 hours)

Core Courses

Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)
Theories in Criminology (3 hours)
Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
Criminal Law (3 hours)
Law Enforcement Operations (3 hours)
Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)
Principles of Investigations (3 hours)
Corrections (3 hours)
Judicial Process (3 hours)
Terrorism and Homeland Security (3 hours)
Forensic Analysis and Criminal Profiling (3 hours)
Legal Issues (3 hours)
Special Topics: Cybercrime (3 hours)
Research Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
Seminar: Report Writing for Criminal Justice and Legal Professionals (3 hours)
Seminar: Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills (3 hours)
Seminar: Supervision and Management Principles in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
Seminar: Criminal Justice and Legal Careers and Networking Strategies (3 hours)
Criminal Justice Internship I (3 hours)
Criminal Justice Internship II (3 hours)
Introduction to Political Science (3 hours)
American National Government (3 hours)
State and Local Government (3 hours)

Elective or Minor Courses

Elective or minor* courses (18 hours)

*Please refer to the bulletin for detailed information on all available minors.

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)



  • Articulate and defend how you may become a difference-maker in your chosen vocation and realm of service or ministry.
  • Analyze the major schools of thought in criminology and criminal justice.
  • Evaluate the role that religion plays in the foundation of the criminal justice system and ethical issues impacting law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
  • Apply research methodology towards criminal justice data synthesis, including research design, literature review, critical thinking, and empirical analysis.
  • Demonstrate professional ethical standards consistent with Christian values, professional development, networking strategies, and practical application.

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