Criminal Justice

The Bachelor’s degree program in Criminal Justice can equip you for a meaningful career in the criminal justice system and to prepare you to meet the challenges unique o the field. The OKWU Criminal Justice program has been carefully crafted to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of criminal justice concepts through coursework pertaining to law enforcement, criminal law, the court system, evidence, procedure, contemporary issues in criminal justice, victimology, ethics and much more. The OKWU Criminal Justice degree program is unique, integrating God’s love for all humanity, the value of all individuals, and a Christian worldview with the practical working environment of criminal justice professionals.

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Probation or Parole Officer
  • State Investigations Agent
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Park Ranger
  • Security Operations Manager
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • US Marshal
  • Animal Cruelty Investigator
  • Loss Prevention Officer
  • Drug Enforcement Agency Investigator
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • And more…

Criminal Justice Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the legal, political, and socio-economic factors that affect the criminal justice system and its participants.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the history, organization, and role of police in society.
  3. Explain how the Christian worldview and the secular worldview inform one’s understanding of the origins of rights and laws and how each worldview may lead to different outcomes within the criminal justice system.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the origin, evolution, and application of criminal law.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of how justice is administered through the court system.
  6. Demonstrate a general understanding of criminal procedure.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of theories and causes of crime and how crime impacts social structures.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to discuss the complexity of certain issues within the criminal justice system.
  9. Demonstrate competency in oral communication/presentational skills.
  10. Demonstrate understanding of strategies used for gathering information in the pursuit of justice.
  11. Demonstrate competency in the technical and professional skills necessary for gathering information in the pursuit of justice.
  12. Demonstrate the written-communication and critical-thinking skills necessary for criminal justice professionals.
  13. Demonstrate understanding of the impact that crime has on victims and society.