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BS in Applied Psychology: Criminal Justice

Colorado Christian University's Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice program is designed to deepen students' understanding of human nature and prepare them for careers in mental health and law enforcement. Read more about the program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals looking to enter Colorado Christian's Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology program may have refined analytical skills and a desire to work in law enforcement or mental health professions. 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:

Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology program at Colorado Christian University are intended to provide a broad overview of topics like human nature, development, and behavior. Since this is a Christian school, all of these concepts are filtered through the lens of Christian faith. Psychology coursework includes interpersonal relationships, models of personality, and socioeconomic issues. The Criminal Justice emphasis courses are designed to look at the ethical and moral role that psychology plays in crime. The program concludes with a capstone project that synthesizes all of the curricula.

Learning Format:

Online

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 Science in Applied Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice:

There are a total of 120 credit hours required to complete this program. This includes 39 credits of general education courses as well as 36 credits of Applied Psychology Major courses and 45 credits of general electives. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (39 credits)

  • World Views
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Art Appreciation
    • Photography I
    • Creative Arts
    • Classic Christmas Films & Literature
    • C.S. Lewis in Film & Literature
  • Adult Studies Seminar I
  • Adult Studies Seminar II
  • Students choose two of the following:
    • Old Testament Introduction
    • New Testament Introduction
    • Introduction to the Bible
    • How We Got the English Bible
    • Biblical Interpretation
    • Spiritual Formation
    • Songs of the Faith: Psalms
    • Apostolic History & Instruction: Acts & Paul's Letters
    • Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Oral Communication
    • Interactive Communication
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Math Concepts
    • College Algebra
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Biological Diversity
    • Introduction to Nutrition
    • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Students choose at least one of the following:
    • Western Civilization I
    • America since 1877
    • History of Christianity
    • American Exceptionalism
    • Christianity in America
  • Students choose at least one of the following:
    • Business Fundamentals
    • Macro and Micro Economics
    • Environmental Geography
    • American Political Process
    • General Psychology (required for Applied Psychology majors)
    • Relational Psychology
    • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Psychology Through the Lifespan
    • Marriage and Family
    • Principles of Sociology

Major Requirements (24 credits)

  • Introduction to Research and Applied Statistics
  • Relational Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Psychology Through the Lifespan
  • Models of Personality
  • Transformational Psychology
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Psychology Capstone in Criminal Justice

Emphasis Requirements (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 (45 credits)

  • Students select 45 credit hours of electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates who would like to dive deeper into the material or increase their chances of procuring more advanced positions in the psychology may consider pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice or psychology. Students might learn more about counseling or techniques for catching criminals. Here are a few examples of possible degree programs:

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

Career Paths:

Students who graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice program at Colorado Christian University could apply their knowledge of human behavior and criminal psychology to a career in the field. Many of these would be entry-level positions in government, law enforcement, or health care. Here's a sampling of potential positions a graduate might pursue:

  • Psychiatric technician
  • Behavioral therapist
  • Case manager

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