Criminal Justice


Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice prepares and trains students for the wide range of careers in fields of administration and justice. Courses include Constitution and Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, and Criminal Law. All courses are taught with a focus on Christian ethics which will prepare you for notable servant leadership in law enforcement and its supporting branches.





The Criminal Justice program at Jessup University is training the next generation of law enforcement personnel who are spiritually grounded, ethically trained and ready for entry into one of the fastest growing employment areas in the country. We do this training through well trained active duty law enforcement personnel, a requirement for instructors in the program.

Across the curriculum we train our future law enforcement personnel to be thoughtful in deliberation, ethical in decision-making, and compassionate in action. Changes in law enforcement and the public perception of law enforcement demands that our new generation of leaders can identify and respond to shifts in the law, and the community. All Criminal Justice students are required to do an internship with an agency. Jessup students have interned with National, State and Local law enforcement agencies.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of biblical, governance, and management principles and their application to criminal justice decision-making.
  • Identify the foundations and core principles underlying the layers of local, state, and national public agencies and nonprofit organizations.
  • Examine the scope, purpose, and structure of American criminal justice and its respective roles in policy implementation.
  • Review the process and players of criminal justice and their relationship to decision-making and the legal process.
  • Identify and analyze latest trends and theories of financial management, human resource management, and administrative practice to formulate best practices and apply to specific scenarios in each concentration.
  • Identify, analyze, and develop “real time” application scenarios on how to use this information to manage the complex administrative and justice structure challenges of today and tomorrow.
  • Evaluate current issues, how they shape public policy, how different public sector and government professionals interact with these issues, and how these scenarios would be beneficial and effective.

Program Concentrations

Political Science

Program Courses (Courses for on-campus and online modalities are identical).

  • Major Courses (6 units)
    • HIST291 | American History
    • PSYC100 | Introduction to Psychology
  • Core Courses (42 units)
    • CJUS100 | Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJUS231 | Laws of Arrest, Search, and Seizure
    • CJUS300 | Criminology
    • CJUS301 | Crime Prevention Strategies
    • CJUS311 | Crime Scene Investigation
    • CJUS320 | Police and Society
    • PPOL111 | American Government
    • PPOL324 | State and Local Government
    • PPOL304 | Ethics in Public Policy
    • PPOL361 | Constitution and Civil Rights
    • CJUS420 | Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias
    • PPOL440 | Violence and Terrorism
    • CJUS475 | Criminal justice Internship OR CJUS492 | Research Project
    • PPOL498 | Senior Seminar: Leadership and Service

Criminal Justice Concentrations: Students must choose a concentration listed below.

  • General Concentration (12 units): Choose 12 units of electives from the concentrations.
  • Psychology Concentration (12 units): Choose 12 units from the following:
    • PSYC102 | Psychology and Christian Thought
    • PSYC203 | Social Psychology
    • PSYC332 | Multicultural Issues in Psychology
    • PSYC351 | Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC352 | Psychology of Addiction
    • PSYC430 | Community Psychology
  • Political Science Concentration (12 units) Choose 12 units from the following:
    • PPOL201 | Political Theory and Philosophy
    • PPOL221 | Political Process
    • CJUS230 | Introduction to Criminal Law
    • PPOL253 | Public Administration I
    • PPOL328 | American Presidency
    • PPOL353 | Public Administration II
    • PPOL363 | Law and Social Policy
    • PPOL491 | Political Research and Policy Analysis

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

Considering the Jessup Online experience? Please take a look below to explore some of the differences between this program on-campus and online.

  • 15 week classes
  • Organically build face-to-face community in a central location
  • Finance your education through grants, loans, and Jessup aid
  • Participate in spontaneous events, study groups, and activities
  • Drop in during faculty office hours 
  • Peruse our two-story collection of Library print resources and conveniently access equipment 
  • Explore local job and internship opportunities
  • Meet side-by-side with peer tutors 
  • Enjoy dedicated study time and spaces outside the home (like the Shack coffee house and our award-winning Bon Appetit Café) 
  • 7 week classes (Full-time is 2 courses per session and 4 courses per semester)
  • 6 start dates per year
  • Study from the comfort of home, on your own schedule
  • Participate in a flexible, 100% online learning environment
  • Finance your education with grants, loans, and limited Jessup aid
  • Engage in class discussions
  • Connect personally with faculty 
  • Learn and grow alongside classmates with similar goals and dreams 
  • Access the Library’s vast archive of books, journals, and audiovisual materials
  • Explore the Academic Achievement Center’s online resources, including tutoring, success coaching, and appointments with the Writing Center and Office of Career & Life Planning

Phil Mancini

Lead Faculty

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Program Chair, Political Science

Lead Faculty, Criminal Justice

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