What Does it Look Like to Study Criminal Justice & Criminology at Concordia?
With a CTX degree in criminal justice and criminology, you can enter the field ready to succeed and advance. Whether your goal is to be a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, corrections officer, judge, security consultant, FBI agent, intelligence analyst, game warden, criminal defense attorney, parole officer or case worker, we will teach you new ways of thinking about justice, faith, government and law.
It is important that you consider what justice is as you consider studying at CTX. It means different things to different people, and we unapologetically approach the big picture of justice from a faith-based perspective at CTX, acknowledging that we can get that wrong just as easily as anyone, but also cling to the hope that one day, we’ll get it right. This perspective informs how we look at social justice, corrections, law, ethics, prison ministry, trafficking, terrorism and a host of other topics.
CTX offers a traditional Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice & Criminology online and on-ground. The degree requirements for both delivery methods are the same, and students have the opportunity to mix the delivery methods in the same semester by building their schedule with online, daytime and evening classes.
You can pursue your degree with one of the following tracks: general, management of law enforcement and homeland security. With easy credit transfer options, small classes, and personalized mentoring, you can discover the Concordia University Texas difference.
Curriculum Overview for a Criminal Justice & Criminology Degree
The Criminal Justice and Criminology degree is designed to offer a strong foundation of both fields through a Christian lens. We prepare students for entry into a variety of careers with diverse employers and prepare those who want to continue their studies for entry into graduate or professional programs.
We integrate restorative justice concepts while developing Christian servant leaders whose vocation will be to deal with crime in all of its forms, on all of its levels, with all of its participants and with all of its consequences.
Students can earn their degree with the general track or in one of two special emphasis tracks: management of law enforcement or homeland security. Averaging more than 20 years of field work, our faculty members have collectively worked in businesses, prisons, courtrooms, management, squad cars, intelligence, defense, prosecution, ministries and the military.
We think about crime and study:
- What motivates criminals and would-be criminals
- Why we punish criminals
- How our faith impacts out response to criminal behavior
- How our system treats victims and criminals
- How criminals impact society
Here are some highlighted courses:
Faith and Justice: This course explores the concept and definition of justice, considering what it means to different people at different times in different places and what it should mean to us today as we consider careers in criminal justice and criminology.
White Collar Crime: One the more fascinating topics our students have the opportunity to study is white collar crime, which combines elements of business with elements of crime such as fraud, embezzlement, larceny, forgery, misrepresentation et cetera.
Homeland Security: This is one of many courses our students may study that presents the history of terror groups, as well as their motivations and tactics. Students examine the methodologies known as criminal profiling, which explores the sociological and psychological motivations of serial criminals and terrorists.
We offer one major and two minors in online and onsite formats. The CRIJ major is 42 credit hours and 14 courses. The CRIJ minor is 18 credit hours and six courses. CRIJ also offers the Legal Studies minor, which is 19 hours, six courses and an internship.
Concordia’s Criminal Justice and Criminology program will serve as an excellent launching pad for your career or your future pursuits into the law enforcement academy, graduate school or law school. Every state agency that deals with crime is in this very city, giving our students unparalleled access to observe our legislature, to watch our trial and appellate courts in action or to serve an internship with a social justice agency.
Two offsite field learning opportunities are held each year, rotating destinations among Waco’s Texas Ranger Museum, Houston’s Police Department Museum, Huntsville’s Texas Prison Museum and Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History: Civil Rights and Social Justice Collection. We offer online, onsite, day and evening courses so that you can arrange your academic schedule to fit your life, and we do all of this from a faith-based perspective that informs the way that we live our lives.
- Trial Judges
- Defense Attorneys
- Police Patrolmen
- Police Detectives
- Probation Officers
- Correctional Officers
- Social Workers
- Security Specialists
- FBI / ATF Agents
- Victims’ Advocates
Why should I earn a Criminal Justice degree?
Most people enter into law enforcement and criminal justice careers is because they want to help others. Criminal justice offers you the ability to use your skills and strength for good, whether through aiding victims of crime, counseling and rehabilitating criminals or overseeing the progress of a parolee.