Defend. Protect. Serve. 

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

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From crime scenes to courtrooms, secure justice for all through a criminal justice and legal studies BA degree at NGU.

#11
Ranked Online Program
NGU ranked #11 on Intelligent.com’s list of “Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs” (2020)
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Intern Partnerships
You need an internship. We’ve got options! Locally. Nationally. Even globally. Take advantage of our extensive network as you prepare to launch your career.
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Electives
Pursue your passion through a wide variety of elective courses. Criminal Justice, Law, and the Media. Domestic Relations. Judicial Process. Juvenile Delinquency. Law Enforcement Operations. Principles of Investigations. Terrorism. And more!

Your Future, Your Purpose – ‘Liberty and Justice for All’

Prepare to enter one of many professions rooted in criminal justice. Crime scene investigator. Law enforcement officer. Attorney. Cybercrime analyst. Probation officer. Social worker. Even special agents with the FBI, DEA, or Secret Service.

On scene or in the lab. Wearing a badge or advocating in court. Preventing crime or bringing criminals to justice. Whatever your calling, pursue it with passion at NGU.

Experience Learning from the Lab to the Courtroom

Intensive Internships

Intern with government agencies or political offices. Serve in national, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Experience real-world work environments in political science, criminal justice, or legal studies. Expand your network and elevate your ability, all thanks to NGU’s internships. 

 

Work Study Programs

Assist professors on research projects. Contribute to NGU’s criminal justice newsletter. Even manage the Criminal Justice Club. Put your passion for justice to good use while you complete your studies. 

Field Trips

Law enforcement training facilities. Forensic laboratories. The state legislature. Envision your future like never before as you tour various agencies you might one day work for. It’s an elevated take on field trips – at NGU. 

Justice Beside Experienced & Faithful Professionals

Staci M. Rollins, JD
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Garry R. Smith, MA
Professor of Political Science
Nicholas Higgins, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science
Joshua J. Styles, JD
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Christian Studies
Mark A. Roeder, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science

A Compelling Approach to Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

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  • Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

    • Composition & Rhetoric
    • Intro to Criminal Justice
    • Contemporary Mathematics
    • Foreign Language Course I & II
    • Oral Communication
    • Composition & Literature
    • Theories in Criminology
    • Intro to Information Technology
    • History Course
  • Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses

    • Ethics in Criminal Justice
    • Foreign Language Course III & IV
    • Intro to Political Science
    • English 2300 Level
    • Biological/Physical Science
    • American National Government
    • Criminal Law
    • Old Testament Survey
    • Fine Arts Course
  • Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses

    • New Testament Survey
    • Research Design and Analysis
    • Criminal Procedure
    • Social Science Course
    • Open Elective
    • Physical/Biological Science
    • Criminal Justice Electives
    • History Course
    • Open Elective
  • Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses

    • Criminal Justice Electives
    • Open Electives
    • Senior Seminar

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel every semester, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. You earn credit through attendance, and each course counts as half a credit. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

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