Prepare to restore justice within neighborhoods and cultures, as you evaluate current practices in the justice system.
With an emphasis on human dignity and balancing justice with mercy, you will investigate the historical roots of and responses to criminal behavior in the United States, the development of the modern legal system, and determine possibilities for prevention and restorative justice in the online criminal justice degree at Houghton College.
Earn your degree in as few as 18 months when you take a full course load and begin with at least 60 credits.
A Redemptive Approach
The Criminal Justice degree at Houghton College is focused on restorative justice—a distinctly Christian approach that encourages reconciliation among individuals and within communities.
What will I learn?
Develop a holistic approach to criminal justice through courses in psychology, political science, sociology, intercultural studies, and business administration.
Through Houghton’s BA in Criminal Justice you will:
- Address the history of, and concerns related to, social justice in the modern legal system
- Go in-depth in subjects such as criminal law, juvenile justice, environmental crime and justice, and more
- Receive professional preparation, including processes for civil service exams
- Learn from dedicated faculty members who recognize the image of God in every person, regardless of what they have done
- Connect with active practitioners working in law enforcement, corrections, probation, prevention, alternative sentencing programs, and prison ministries.
38 Required Courses
86 Elective courses + general education
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Study on Your Time
Instead of 'live,' in-class sessions, you will participate in video content, readings, and online discussions at your convenience. Scheduled real-time video conferencing allows you to interact with faculty and classmates.
Learn from Faculty with Real-world Experience
Faculty includes former police officers, lawyers, licensed clinical psychologists, social psychologists, researchers, nonprofit leaders, and professionals in intelligence.
Get Experience in the Field
Internships give you hands-on learning in a criminal justice setting, giving you the chance to integrate theory with professional practice. Opportunities include local DA offices, federal agencies, law firms, and many others.
Meet a faculty member
Änna C. Pettway, PhD, LP Chair, Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice
“I teach in this program because a retributive justice system suppresses behaviors, but restorative justice brings my theology to life. If I really believe that all people are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect, then ‘right behavior’ created by guilt and punishment is not the goal. Since the gospel is about reconciliation and redemption of broken relationships, a holistic justice system should provide healing for all of those involved. Healing involves physical and tangible repair as well as psychological and spiritual repair.”
Cost and Affordability
The 2020-21 cost per credit hour for the Criminal Justice degree is
Cost per credit hour
Major program cost (38 credits)
Audit fee per class (non-degree-seeking)
Tuition is subject to change annually. Costs for books are not included.
Students earning a BA degree in Criminal Justice through Houghton Online are prepared to enter careers in:
- Forensic Science
- International criminal justice
- Law enforcement
- Victim and family advocacy
Choose a start date
- January 19, 2021
- March 15, 2021
- May 10, 2021
- July 5, 2021
Start your application
Complete the free online application form
Documents and supporting materials
You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript, 1 recommendation letter, and your test scores (can be waived)
Your personal statement should be between 300 and 500 words (roughly a half of page to a page of typed writing). Get started with these suggested writing prompts