Criminal Justice

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.

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18 Months

Students taking a full course load can complete the program in as few as 18 months.

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.

124 Credits

38

Required Credits

86

Elective Credits + General Education

Degree Requirements

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.

Cost and Affordability

The 2020-21 cost per credit hour for the Criminal Justice degree is

$392

Cost per credit hour

$14,896

Program Cost
(38 credits)

$150

Audit fee per class
(non-degree-seeking)

Tuition and fees are subject to change annually. Costs for books are not included.

Program outcomes

Students earning a BA degree in Criminal Justice through Houghton Online are prepared to enter careers in:

  • Criminology
  • Cybercrime
  • Forensic Science
  • International criminal justice
  • Law enforcement
  • Victim and family advocacy

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Application Requirements

1

Choose A Start Date

July 6, 2021
August 30, 2021
2

Start Your Application

Complete the free online application form
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3

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)
4

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be between 300 and 500 words (roughly a half of page to a page of typed writing).
Personal Statement

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