Criminal Justice Major

Delve into the justice system and criminal behavior to address the challenges of neighborhoods and cultures.

The Criminal Justice degree at Houghton University will allow you to 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, restorative justice, and more.

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Understand the Impact You Can Have in the World

Engage in knowledgeable and respectful discussion of policies and procedures, including the particular challenges and opportunities of rural and cross-cultural approaches to criminal justice.

Expand Your Associate's Degree

If you earned your associate's in criminal justice through Houghton University, apply all your credits to your bachelor's degree. In just two more years you will have completed your four year degree!

Hybrid Learning

Complete most courses in-person at the Buffalo extension site, located in the King Urban Life Center, and online. This hybrid program gives you flexibility with all the support you need. You'll have full access to the support services offered in Buffalo, like daily on-site tutoring from local tutors and local faculty who understand the community.

Degrees are conferred from Houghton University in Houghton, NY. Students’ required capstone course will be held on the Houghton, NY campus and emphasize the learning outcomes for the entire program.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s major in Criminal Justice, you will:

  • Address the history of and concerns related to social justice in the modern legal system.
  • Engage in discussion of significant contemporary concepts and issues – including the development of an individual or group research project and professional preparation – in a senior capstone seminar.
  • Go in-depth in subjects such as criminal law, juvenile justice, environmental crime and justice, and more.
  • Develop the ability to use the quantitative and qualitative tools of the social and behavioral arts and sciences to assess the effectiveness of efforts at prevention, correction, and restorative justice.
  • Develop close mentoring relationships with Christian faculty members who care about your academic, emotional and spiritual growth.

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective Courses and General Education

Program Outcomes

Students earning a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Houghton University are prepared for careers in many areas, including but not limited to:

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Documents and Supporting Materials

Official college transcripts are required from all institutions attended. Official high school transcripts are required for admission of students who have not attended college and for enrollment of students who have not taken 60 or more college credits.

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