Criminal Justice

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Whether you major in Criminal Justice (CRJS), or simply take some of our many available Criminal Justice (CRJS) courses, you will benefit from the unique mission of MBU’s Criminal Justice program and its dedicated Christian faculty.

Mission Statement:
In accordance with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist University and the academic program, Criminal Justice is an area of study that seeks to provide Christ-centered quality higher education to traditional and adult students. The major provides an opportunity to prepare for careers in the various areas of the justice system at the entry level, and to prepare others for advancement within any agency.

For more information on the Criminal Justice major at Missouri Baptist University, contact the program’s coordinator, James Kellogg, at kellojb@mobap.edu

Learn about the Graduate Criminal Justice Program

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Whether you major in Criminal Justice (CRJS), or simply take some of our many available Criminal Justice courses, you will benefit from the unique mission of Missouri Baptist University’s Criminal Justice program and its dedicated Christian faculty. Earning a degree in Criminal Justice at MBU may be an important first step in preparing you for one of a number of solid careers such as:

  • Police Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Accident Investigator
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Bailiff
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Reporter
  • Criminologist
  • Customs Agent
  • Detective
  • Evidence Technician
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent
  • Homeland Security Agent
  • Judge
  • Park Ranger
  • Prison Warden
  • Probation Officer
  • Security Specialist
  • Sheriff
  • Wildlife Game Warden

MAJOR: 42 Hours
Students must complete the following 33 hours of core requirements, and 9 hours of selected electives to total 42 hours.

TRACK I: For students who have not attended a POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certified Police Academy.

CRJS 133 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJS 213 Policing Institutions
CRJS 223 Correctional Institutions
CRJS 313 Criminology
CRJS 343 Criminal Courts, Probation, and Parole
CRJS 433/5331 Evidence
CRPO 453 Constitutional Law
CRJS 463 Organization and Administration
CRJS 473 Internship in Criminal Justice
MATH 243 Probability and Statistics
PSSC 373 Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Electives: 9 hours upper division from other Criminal Justice (CRPO or CRJS) courses

TRACK II “A” Core Curriculum 600 to 800 Hours of Academy Training *
CRJS 223 Correctional Institution
CRJS 313 Criminology
CRJS 343 Criminal Courts, Probation and Parole
CRJS 433 Evidence
CRPO 453 Constitutional Law
CRJS 463 Organization and Administration
MATH 243 Probability and Statistics
PSSC 373 Research Methods

Electives: 6 hours upper division from other Criminal Justice (CRPO or CRJS) courses

TRACK II “A”: For students who have graduated and attained between the minimum required 600 hours up to 800 hours of training from a POST certified Police Academy and are certified as police officers, credit toward the major may be accepted as follows:

CRJS 133 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJS 213 Policing Institutions
CRJS 473 Internship in Criminal Justice
CRJS 423 Criminal Law and Procedure
Physical Training 4 Credit Hours

Total: 16 credit hours

TRACK II “B” Core Curriculum 900 Plus Hours of Academy Training *
CRJS 223 Correctional Institutions
CRJS 313 Criminology
CRJS 343 Criminal Courts, Probation and Parole
CRPO 453 Constitutional Law
CRJS 463/5631 Organization and Administration
MATH 243 Probability and Statistics
PSSC 373 Research Methods

TRACK II “B”: For students who have graduated and attained 900 plus hours of training from a POST certified Police Academy and are certified as police officers, credit toward the major may be accepted as follows:

CRJS 133 Intro to Criminal Justice
CRJS 213 Policing Institutions
CRJS 433/5331 Evidence
CRJS 473 Internship in Criminal Justice
CRJS 423 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJS 333 Juvenile Delinquency
CRJS 413 Criminal Justice Seminar: Interpersonal Violence
Physical Training 4 Credit Hours

Total: 25 credit hours

* Documented training and/or credit for prior learning may also be considered to determine the award of advanced credit hours. The awards will be granted only after a student has completed 6 hours of coursework at Missouri Baptist University, 3 of which must be within Criminal Justice. Review the “Advanced Standing Process” noted in the current catalog to petition for prior learning credit.

POST Certified Law Enforcement Academy training less than 600 hours will be reviewed on a case- by- case basis.

MINOR: 21 Hours

Required Courses:
CRJS 133 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJS 213 Policing Institutions
CRJS 223 Correctional Institutions
CRJS 343 Criminal Courts, Probation and Parole
CRJS 463/5631 Organization and Administration

Electives – An additional 6 hours upper division from the following courses:
HUSR 343 Disabilities: Theory and Practice
HUSR 443 Leadership in Facilitating Community Change
PSHU 403 Chemical Dependency
PSPO 323 Psychology and the Law
PSSC 443 Death and Dying
PSYC 323 Abnormal Psychology
SOCO 323 Marriage and the Family
SOCO 353 Cultural Anthropology
SOCO 413 Race and Ethnic Relations