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Criminal Justice (BA)

Prepare to enter careers connected to law and law enforcement at the local, state, or federal level.

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Why a Criminal Justice (BA) degree?

The BA in Criminal Justice maintains a perspective focused on prevention and restoration and built upon three content areas: the law, the criminal justice system, and the persons and organizations linking them. This is a dynamic field that can be customized to your interests through electives, a chosen minor, and elective internship experiences. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to enter the world of law enforcement, as well as to pursue further academic study at the graduate level.

Criminal Justice (BA) at Cairn

Biblical Integration

Build a foundational, biblically integrated knowledge of criminal law and criminal processes.

Career Preparation

Complete a capstone internship customized to your professional goals and interests.

Personalized Education

Minor in other subjects such as biology, computer science, and pre-law to further prepare for what career fields interest you. Choose to receive additional training in cybersecurity.

Experienced Faculty

Learn from professors whose instruction is enriched by their professional experience in the field.​

Academic Opportunity

Benefit from Cairn's relationship with PCOM, which admits three Cairn students per year into it's MS in Forensic Medicine program.

Honors Program

Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a personal academic interest.

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Get an inside look at our Criminal Justice Program

There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

  • Required Credits: 120
    • Curriculum Highlights: 
      • CRJ 261 Prison and Prisoners
      • CRJ 366 Criminal Law
      • CRJ 362 Counterterrorism
      • CRJ 461 Policing/Global Diversity
      • CRJ 462 Cybercrime
  • Law school
  • Local, state and federal law enforcement
  • Adult and juvenile probation
  • Advocacy
  • Public policy and planning
  • Community organizing
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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

Meet Our Faculty

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Chris Lloyd

Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chris Lloyd served as the Director of the Cairn University Office of Safety and Security from 2009-2022. Prior to this position, Lloyd worked with his alma mater, Villanova University, and Bucks County Community College in various Safety and Security Administrative roles. In addition to his role of Safety and Security Director, Chris Lloyd teaches undergraduate Criminal Justice courses at Cairn, drawing on his education and vocational experience in the field.

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Greg Schaller

Chair, Social Sciences Department, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

In addition to teaching politics courses at the University, Greg Shaller is the president of The John Jay Institute, a one year program that “prepares principled leaders for faith-informed public service.” Greg previously served as associate professor of politics at Colorado Christian University, where he taught from the fall of 2009 until May of 2017. At Colorado Christian, Greg developed a political science major in the fall of 2011, which now has over 45 students in it.

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