Criminal Justice Administration

Find out what a criminal justice degree is at Park University.

Our Criminal Justice Administration program combines a liberal arts education with a modern professional curriculum, designed to prepare you to work in the criminal justice system and related professions. You’ll also be prepared for graduate work in the field. We offer a variety of degrees, including a bachelor’s, associate, minor and certificate – at several campuses and online.

Locations & Learning Options

  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Little Rock, AR – Little Rock AFB
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Valdosta, GA- Moody AFB
  • Great Falls, MT – Malmstrom AFB
  • Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks AFB
  • Minot, ND – Minot AFB
  • Beaufort, SC- MCAS Beaufort
  • Millington, TN – NSA Mid-South
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AFB
  • Ogden, UT – Hill AFB
  • Arlington, VA – MCB Henderson Hall
  • Fort Myer, VA
  • Quantico, VA – MCB Quantico
  • Spokane, WA- Fairchild AFB
  • Cheyenne, WY – F.E. Warren AFB
  • Parkville, MO
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Online
  • Parkville, MO
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Tucson, AZ – Davis Monthan AFB
  • Little Rock, AR- Little Rock AFB
  • Barstow, CA- Barstow Community College
  • Fort Irwin, CA- Fort Irwin Base
  • Oceanside, CA- Camp Pendleton
  • Victorville, CA – Victor Valley College
  • Valdosta, GA – Moody AFB
  • Bedford, MA – Hanscom AFB
  • Knob Noster, MO – Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT- Malmstrom AFB
  • Alamogordo, NM – Holloman AFB
  • Havelock, NC – MCAS Cherry Point
  • Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks AFB
  • Minot, ND – Minot AFB
  • Columbus, OH – Defense Supply Center Columbus
  • Dayton, OH – Wright Patterson AFB
  • Beaufort, SC – MCAS Beaufort
  • Charleston, SC – Joint Base Charleston
  • Millington, TN – NSA Mid-South
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX – Goodfellow AFB
  • Ogden, UT – Hill AFB
  • Arlington, VA – MCB Henderson Hall
  • Fort Myer, VA
  • Quantico, VA- MCB Quantico
  • Spokane, WA- Fairchild AFB
  • Cheyenne, WY- F.E. Warren AFB
  • Gilbert, AZ

A.S. MAJOR – 27 HOURS, 2.0 GPA

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration …………….. 3 cr.

CJ 105 Criminal Law ……………………………………… 3 cr.

CJ 200 Criminology……………………………………….. 3 cr.

CJ 205 Juvenile Justice System …………………………. 3 cr.

CJ 221 Criminal Procedure ……………………………… 3 cr.

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation …………………………. 3 cr.

CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement ………….. 3 cr.

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections ………………….. 3 cr.

CJ 233 Introduction to Security ……………………….. 3 cr.

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 27 cr.

B.A. MAJOR – 45 HOURS, 2.0 GPA

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration …………….. 3 cr.

CJ 105 Criminal Law ……………………………………… 3 cr.

CJ 200 Criminology…………3 cr.

CJ 221 Criminal Procedure ……… 3 cr.

CJ 300 Agency Administration ………… 3 cr.

CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice ………….. 3 cr.

CJ 440 Internship in Criminal Justice ……….. 3 cr.

CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice …………. 3 cr.

TOTAL ……………. 24 cr.

Area A. Law Enforcement

CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement ……. 3 cr.

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections

-OR- ………………………………………………………. 3 cr.

CJ 233 Introduction to Security

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation …………………… 3 cr.

Area B. Corrections

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections ……………. 3 cr.

CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

-OR- ………………………………………………………. 3 cr.

CJ 233 Introduction to Security

CJ 322 Probation, Parole, and Community

Corrections ………………………………….. 3 cr.

Area C. Security

CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

-OR- ………………………………………………………. 3 cr.

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections

CJ 233 Introduction to Security …………………. 3 cr.

CJ 333 Security Administration …………………. 3 cr.

Criminal Justice Electives …………………………………………. 12 cr.

(From Criminal Justice courses not in the Core or the individual student’s Area of Concentration: one 200-level course and three 300-level and/or 400-level courses, at least one of which must be 400-level courses)

TOTAL ………………………………………………………. 45 cr.

MINOR – 18 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

18 hours which must include CJ 100, CJ 105, CJ 200, and 9 hours of CJ electives excluding CJ 440, CJ 441 and CJ 450

Requirements for Minor in Homeland Security:

MINOR – 18 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

18 hours consisting of CJ 233, CJ 251, CJ 333, CJ 353, CJ 355 and GGH 310

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

The major in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complete criminal justice system within society in the United States. There are three areas of concentration the student can choose from which to build on the core curriculum: Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Security. Providing a comprehensive understanding from a theoretical, philosophical, and practical perspective, the program provides a broad background for over 40 basic career opportunities in the criminal justice system, both in the public and private sectors, at the local, state, national, and international levels.

B.S. MAJOR – 45 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration …………….. 3 cr.

CJ 105 Criminal Law ……………………………………… 3 cr.

CJ 200 Criminology……………………………………….. 3 cr.

CJ 221 Criminal Procedure ……………………………… 3 cr.

CJ 300 Agency Administration ………………………… 3 cr.

CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice ………………….. 3 cr.

CJ 440 Internship in Criminal Justice

-OR- …………………………………………………. 3 cr.

CJ 441 Senior Writing Project

CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice …………. 3 cr.

Sub-TOTAL …………………………………….. 24 cr.

Area A. Law Enforcement

CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement ….. 3 cr.

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections

-OR- …………….. 3 cr.

CJ 233 Introduction to Security

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation …………………. 3 cr.

Area B. Corrections

CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

-OR- ……………… 3 cr.

CJ 233 Introduction to Security

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections ………….. 3 cr.

CJ 322 Probation, Parole, and Community

Corrections ………… 3 cr.

Area C. Security

CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

-OR- …………….. 3 cr.

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections

CJ 233 Introduction to Security ……….. 3 cr.

CJ 333 Security Administration ……….. 3 cr.

Criminal Justice Electives …………. 12 cr.

(From Criminal Justice courses not in the Core or the individual student’s Area of Concentration: one 200-level course and three 300-level and/or 400-level courses, at least one of which must be 400-level courses)

TOTAL ……………. 45 cr.

Scott A. Hageman

Associate Dean
scott.hageman@park.edu

Dr John Hamilton

Department Chair
john.hamilton@park.edu

Dr Eugene Matthews

Program Coordinator
eugene.matthews@park.edu

INTERNSHIPs

The internship program is designed to allow students to encounter the real-world operation of criminal justice related organizations.  It is one of the three capstone courses in the Criminal Justice program. It differs from the other capstone courses in that it allows an assessment of the student’s performance from a person currently working in the Criminal Justice field of their interest.  In addition to their exposure to real-world operations in a Criminal Justice field, many students have reported establishing valuable professional contacts they found helpful to them after graduation. As a result of a successful internship some students have even secured employment opportunities.

Students have completed internships with Federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Department of Transportation, FEMA, Homeland Security; local and state law enforcement agencies, probation and parole agencies (adult and juvenile), correctional facilities; adult and juvenile courts, criminal law offices, affiliated nonprofit organizations such as domestic violence organizations, veteran assistance groups, and mentoring programs for troubled youth.  Many current military students have interned with the Family Assistance Organizations, Military Law Enforcement, Installation Security, and other Specialized Security Operations.

The Park University Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students to successfully work in the criminal justice field, or consider graduate work in related areas. It is one of the very few programs with scholar practitioners, experienced faculty with successful criminal justice careers. As a result, students gain exposure to subject matter experts, in addition to some of the latest research, information, technology, and best practices used to impact the criminal justice field.

Our Criminal Justice Administration programs provide a broad theoretical, philosophical, and practical understanding of the criminal justice system, both in the public and private sectors and at the local, state, national and international levels.

If you’re working toward a Bachelor’s degree, you can select an area of concentration in Law Enforcement, Corrections or Security. These areas require two specific courses in addition to the general courses for all CJA majors. These courses are created and regularly revised by working professionals in response to today’s criminal justice needs.

Careers

  • Police Officer
  • Customs Inspector
  • FBI Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent
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Program Highlights

Our Criminal Justice courses are offered online, at our flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., as well as at a number of campus centers nationwide.

Internships

We partner with local, state, and federal offices to offer a broad selection of internship opportunities that supplement your learning.


Criminal justice club

You can also join the Criminal Justice Club, which promotes awareness of issues in law enforcement and corrections by offering prison tours, police agency visits and community service projects, and general discussions about issues that the Criminal Justice system faces.

Faculty

Our faculty members have distinguished backgrounds in law, the military, policing and corrections, as well as academia. You’ll benefit from their many years of experience, esteemed research and innovative teaching methods.


 

Dr. Cindy Anderson

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
canderson@park.edu

Dr John Hamilton

Professor of Criminal Justice
john.hamilton@park.edu

Dr Eugene Matthews

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
eugene.matthews@park.edu

W. Gregory Plumb

Professor of Criminal Justice
greg.plumb@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.