Earn a 4 Year Degree in Criminal Justice

William Jessup University is excited to introduce our new Traditional Undergrad Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program beginning August 27, 2018


Our core curriculum was developed in cooperation with active duty law enforcement professionals.


All of our Criminal Justice courses are taught by active duty law enforcement professionals.


Our faculty, and admissions professionals are available to assist students with any questions they might have.

Hands-on Training in Management, with courses covering State & Local Government to Ethics in Public Policy

The WJU Criminal Justice program provides hands-on training in management, with courses covering State & Local Government to Ethics in Public Policy. Our program also provides a solid foundation for reading and understanding the law, with courses in Criminal Law and Constitution & Civil Rights.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here is what one student who recently completed one of our Criminal Justice courses said:

“The Chief, himself, is one of the most valuable parts of the course. His personal career experiences really made me feel as though I wasn't just in a classroom learning about Criminology in the abstract, but instead it was as though I was just hanging out with a new friend….he was ALWAYS THOROUGHLY approachable. Great teacher, great class.”

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice prepares and trains students for the wide range of careers in fields of administration and justice. Courses include Constitution and Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, and Criminal Law. All courses are taught with a focus on Christian ethics which will prepare you for notable servant leadership in law enforcement and its supporting branches.


Unique schedule for students who have demanding work schedules and/or family responsibilities
Courses are taught by local law enforcement personnel

Possible Careers

  • Parole
  • Corrections
  • Police officer
  • Community
  • Service officer
  • Public administration
  • Probation

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Overview of the criminal justice system, including historical development, present status, and suggested reforms.

Criminal Law

The criminal law course discusses the creation and application of substantive criminal law. It includes the nature and origins of criminal law, substantive due process, elements of criminal liability, the doctrine of complicity, uncompleted crimes, defenses to criminal liability, and the elements of crimes against persons, property and public order.

American Government

The course will provide an overview of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches as well as governmental agencies and institutions within and outside these branches.

Political Theory and Philosophy

An introduction to political theory and philosophy, this course surveys classic and modern thinkers and writings that provide the context for and development of contemporary political thought, structures, and society.


This course provides an overview of the nature and causes of crime and criminal behavior. The course reviews the characteristics of the offender and categories of crime ranging from white collar crime to violent crimes.

Political Process

This course provides an overview of U.S. political processes in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches with an emphasis in electoral process.

State and Local Government

This course provides an overview of California state and local government. It also examines the major state offices and their bureaucracies, the California state legislature and budget process, and local governments.


Introduces the student to the field of corrections and its role in the criminal justice process. Major topics include: organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation, and current and future issues.

Violence and Terrorism

This course systematically examines political violence, responses by government institutions to that violence and implications of both for the administration of justice. Content is structured along a continuum, ranging from small-scale violence to mass violence – assassinations, terrorism by sub-national and transnational organizations, state terror, and genocide.

Constitution and Civil Rights

This course will provide an understanding of the major provisions of the Constitution as they relate to American government and politics. It will also highlight the rights and responsibilities of citizens and residents, and introduce civil rights protected by the Constitution and related legislation.

Political Research & Policy Analysis

Students will learn basic methods to research and compile statistical, historical and legal data for policy analysis. The course will provide working examples and opportunities to apply research methods to current policy issues.

Ethics in Public Policy

Biblical principles and ethical standards provide the basis for an understanding of Christian policymaking. This course provides a review and discussion of the moral and ethical standards of conduct for public sector leadership and service.

Police and Society

The broad objectives of this course are to (1) provide students with a basic understanding of the role(s) that police play in American society; (2) expose students to the often conflicting issues that police officers confront; (3) familiarize students with empirical research on police behavior and evaluation research on the impact of different police tactics; and (4) teach students how to assess the quality of research.


This course will explore the biological, chemical, physical, and physiological principle that provide for a foundational understanding of forensic science.

Public Policy Internship

Senior year program of activity in public policy field. Involves field supervision and a faculty advisor. Interns will complete a regimen of assigned tasks and written reports.


This course provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate professional and biblical elements into a single project that contributes positively to the field of criminal justice.

P.S. William Jessup University is a Yellow Ribbon university with a strong contingent of returning veterans in the traditional programs. Financial assistance is available on a case-by-case basis as are veteran student benefits.