CUAA’s Criminal Justice and Public Policy program lays the foundation for rewarding careers in a wide range of fields from law enforcement and security management to intelligence operations and court administration. If you’re interested in protecting people and property and want to make the world a safer place to live and explore, we have a career path for you.

The CUAA Advantage

A CUAA degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy offers you:

  • Small class sizes and personal connections with teachers who know you by name
  • Classes taught by experienced professionals who are invested in academic excellence and student success
  • Coursework that combines business insight, communication skills and Christian values
  • A personalized academic plan
  • Great field experience through an internship targeted to your area of study
  • An emphasis on servant leadership

Degree Details

Years to complete: 4

Learning Outcomes

As a CUAA Justice and Public Policy graduate, you’ll enter the workforce with the knowledge you need to:

  • Apply laws related to arrests, searches, evidence collection, and courtroom procedures
  • Conduct interviews, analyze crime scenes, and collect evidence in criminal investigations
  • Work within the American court system, correctional system, and justice system
  • Perform criminal justice research, develop research strategies and designs, and form hypotheses
  • Understand criminal psychology and what causes crime, including sociological, psychological, bio-physiological and free will theories
  • Apply juvenile theory, law, and policy to delinquency and juvenile justice
  • Become the next generation of Christian leaders and change agents

Career Paths

  • Police officer
  • Criminal investigator
  • Security manager
  • Federal agent
  • Correctional officer
  • Intelligence agent
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Detective and private investigator

Advanced Degree Options

An undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy provides a solid foundation for future graduate studies or law school.

Coursework

Our curriculum includes coursework in criminal investigation, American government, juvenile theory, criminal psychology, and ethics. See our course catalog for a complete class listing.

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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