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Colorado Christian University | BA in Psychology: Criminal Justice

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in psychology or criminal justice may consider Colorado Christian University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice program. Learn more about CCU's combined psychology and criminal justice program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Anyone who is thinking about applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice should have excellent analytical skills and a desire to work in law enforcement or a related field. All applicants to Colorado Christian University bachelor's programs need a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Colorado Christian University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is designed to offer students instruction in the complexities of human behavior. CCU has stacked the curriculum with a broad overview of the different disciplines in psychology including theories of personality, transformational psychology, family dynamics, and abnormal psychology. A 135-hour internship offers students a chance to get hands-on experience in the field. The Criminal Justice Emphasis adds coursework that's intended to examine the psychology behind the criminal mind and help elucidate criminal law and procedure, and students who successfully complete the emphasis could have 12 credits to put towards a Master of Science in Criminal Justice at CCU.

Learning Format:

On campus

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Colorado Christian University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice:

Finishing this B.A. program requires completion of 120 credit hours. These credit hours are divided into 48 general education credits, 30 psychology core credits, 12 criminal justice emphasis credits, and 30 general electives. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (48 credits)

  • Choose one course from the following:
    • Introduction to the Arts
    • Musical Perspectives
    • Theatre Appreciation
    • Literature
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • Introduction to Literature
    • American Literature I
    • American Literature II
    • British Literature I
    • British Literature II
    • Philosophy
    • Philosophical Inquiry
    • Biblical Studies (12 credit hours)
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • Old Testament BIB
    • Old Testament HIS
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • New Testament BIB
    • New Testament HIS
  • Worldviews: Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Public Speaking
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • English Composition
    • Advanced English Composition
  • First-Year Integration
  • Statistics and their Application
  • Integrated Physical Science with Lab
  • Economics
  • Western Civilization
  • American History
  • Introduction to American Politics

Major Requirements (30 credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • Social Psychology
    • Life-Span Psychology
  • Transformational Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Human Sexuality and Personhood
  • Family Dynamics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Counseling Methods
  • Seminar in Psychology
  • Choose two of the following courses:
    • Group Processing and Community
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Crisis and Trauma
    • Addictions
    • Research Methodology
    • Seminar in Psychology

Criminal Justice Emphasis Courses (12 credits)

  • Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Values Aligned Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • Leadership Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice

Elective Courses (30 credits)

  • Students select 30 credit hours of electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

One route available to graduates of the B.A. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice is to continue their education at the graduate level. Taking this route may eventually lead to more senior positions in the field or additional career opportunities. Some pf the programs that graduates could consider include:

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Science in Psychology

Career Paths:

Graduates of Colorado Christian University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice program may opt to use the counseling and criminal psychology knowledge they might have gained to dive into a career in mental health or criminal justice. There is a wide range of career options for students who decide on this route, including:

  • Correctional treatment specialist
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Behavioral therapist
  • Criminology consultant

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