Defend. Protect. Serve. 

Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

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From crime scenes to courtrooms, secure justice for all through a criminal justice and legal studies BA degree at NGU.

Ranked Online Program
NGU ranked #11 on’s list of “Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs” (2020).
Intern Partnerships
You need an internship. We’ve got options! Locally. Nationally. Even globally. Take advantage of our extensive network as you prepare to launch your career.
Pursue your passion through a wide variety of elective courses. Criminal Justice, Law, and the Media. Domestic Relations. Judicial Process. Juvenile Delinquency. Law Enforcement Operations. Principles of Investigations. Terrorism. And more!

Your Future, Your Purpose – ‘Liberty and Justice for All’

Prepare to enter one of many professions rooted in criminal justice. Crime scene investigator. Law enforcement officer. Attorney. Cybercrime analyst. Probation officer. Social worker. Even special agent with the FBI, DEA, or Secret Service.

On scene or in the lab. Wearing a badge or advocating in court. Preventing crime or bringing criminals to justice. Whatever your calling, pursue it with passion at NGU.

  • Law Enforcement Concentration
  • Law and Sociology Concentration
  • Legal Concentration

What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies?

With a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and legal studies, you can pursue a variety of rewarding career options in the legal and criminal justice fields. Your expertise will prepare you for roles in law enforcement, corrections, paralegal work, or even positions in government agencies focused on criminal justice policy and administration.

Additionally, you may choose to further your education in law school to become an attorney and advocate for justice in the courtroom.

Correctional Officer

FBI Agent



Police Officer

Probation Officer

Experience Learning from the Lab to the Courtroom

Intensive Internships

Intern with government agencies or political offices. Serve in national, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Experience real-world work environments in political science, criminal justice, or legal studies. Expand your network and elevate your ability, all thanks to NGU’s internships. 


Work Study Programs

Assist professors on research projects. Contribute to NGU’s criminal justice newsletter. Even manage the Criminal Justice Club. Put your passion for justice to good use while you complete your studies. 

Field Trips

Law enforcement training facilities. Forensic laboratories. The state legislature. Envision your future like never before as you tour various agencies you might one day work for. It’s an elevated take on field trips – at NGU. 

Justice Beside Experienced & Faithful Professionals

Hunter Baker, JD, PhD
Provost and Dean of Faculty
Jong Eun Lee, MPhil, PhD
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Nicholas Higgins, PhD
Department Chair, Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies
Staci M. Rollins, JD
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Joshua J. Styles, JD
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice and Christian Studies

A Compelling Approach to Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Year 1

Year 1 Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Oral Communication
  • Theories in Criminology
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Sociology
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Year 2

Year 2 Sample Courses

  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • American National Government
  • Criminal Law
  • Psychology
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Year 3

Year 3 Sample Courses

  • Criminal Law
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Analysis and Criminal Profiling
  • Theories in Criminology
  • Law Enforcement Use of Force
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Year 4

Year 4 Sample Courses

  • Law Enforcement Operations
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Principles of Investigations
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Criminal Procedure

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel for the first seven semesters, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Have Questions about the Criminal Justice& Legal Studies Program?

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Nicholas Higgins, PhD

Department Chair, Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies
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