ACCELERATED UNDERGRADUATE

Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts (BACJ)


Prepare for a career defending the public.

Study Criminal Justice at LBC

Advocacy, Law and Justice in the Name of Christ

If you have a passion for bringing restorative justice into the world through your career and relationship with Christ, this just might be the major for you.

When you study criminal justice at Lancaster Bible College, you’ll gain the value of getting a Christian college education while learning the basic concepts of the legal system from three perspectives: police, courts and corrections. Designed to give students an overview of the criminal justice system by broadly studying the different aspects of the law enforcement, judicial and correctional systems, students will graduate prepared to enter the field of criminal justice. Plus, through this flexible program that's created specifically for adults looking to start or complete their degrees, students can choose to study criminal justice completely online, only in class, or even do a combination of both! While our traditional undergraduate programs are geared toward 18 to 22 year olds, the accelerated program is designed to meet the needs of adults who juggle their education around an already full schedule. Typical undergraduate students spend 45 hours per week for nine months to earn 30 credits. Through our accelerated program, we cut that weekly time commitment more than in half – thereby, helping you to achieve your goals even faster than you though possible.

Why Study Criminal Justice at LBC?

  • Fast & Flexible Schedule: The fast-paced schedule allows you to concentrate on one 6 week course at a time.
  • Life Experience Credit: Earn college credits from our evaluation of your life experiences.
  • Earn Your Degree Your Way: Study completely online, only in class or even do a combination of both!
  • Accredited: Earn your degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.
  • Experienced Faculty: Our program is taught by professors who have a passion to teach from their years of hands-on experience in the field.
  • Integrate your Christian faith and calling with your professional skills and acumen.

"Learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause." - Isaiah 1:17

A Closer Look: Arts & Sciences

Why should Christians be involved in criminal justice?

Program director, Dr. John Churchville, shares his prospective.

Curriculum Plan

Criminal Justice (120 Credits)

Criminal Justice Major: 30 Credits
Biblical Studies Major: 30 Credits
General Education: 36 Credits
Electives: 24 Credits
View a Sampling of Required Courses

CRJ 101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ 102 – Introduction to Law Enforcement

CRJ 202 – Corrections and Punishment

CRJ 203 – American Judicial System

CRJ 215 – Soul Care for the Criminal Justice Professional

CRJ 222 – Juvenile Justice System and administration

CRJ 304 – Criminology

CRJ 310 – Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure

CRJ 311 – Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

CRJ 422 – Race, Class and Criminal Justice

Recommend SWK 204 and/or SOC 330

Careers and Jobs in Criminal Justice (*Requires additional schooling or training)

  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Investigator*
  • Police Officer*
  • Paralegal
  • Private Security Officer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Victim Witness Advocate
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Secret Service*
  • Youth Advocate Worker

How Does the Accelerated Course Schedule Work?

The Accelerated program consists of TWO terms:

  1. Fall: July–December
  2. Spring: January–June

Each term is comprised of FOUR course sessions. A course session runs for SIX classes and runs back-to-back across all the weeks of the year. Due to holidays and breaks, a course session may vary between 6-8 weeks. Exact dates for each term are available through the Accelerated Office.

Students may choose to take their courses either in class, online, or both.

  • In class
    Students taking on-site classes come once a week for five weeks per course. Our courses typically meet on Tuesday nights from 6 to 10 PM. During the sixth week of the course, class does not meet so that  students can complete their course work.

  • Online classes
    Students taking online courses are not required to attend class at any time. Instead, they engage in collaborative learning through eCampus (Schoology), our learning management system. Learn more about studying online.

Determining What Courses To Take

Each student’s path to completion is unique, depending upon the courses you are transferring into the program. The curriculum plan above gives a broad picture of the required credits. If your transfer credits come from mostly one of those areas, you will need to take credits in the other areas. The remaining courses you need for graduation can best be determined after reviewing your transcripts. With flexible electives, Bible and Theology requirements, and General Education requirements, most students are able to transfer to LBC the maximum number of credits.

Credits for Prior Learning. Students can earn up to 30 life experience credits, through the Credits for Prior Learning evaluation process, which will often a reduce the time to complete a degree. The life experience credit evaluation process is done after a student begins a program.


When Can I Start?

As soon as you are ready. LBC has 8 entry points per year meaning you are only ever a few weeks away till the next course starts.


Looking for Ways to Finance Your Degree?

Our LBC Financial Aid Office can help you navigate through the process. Learn more

A Closer Look: Accelerated Program

Featured Alumnus: Carroll Briggs ('17)

Hear from Carroll Briggs about his experience earning his degree online through LBC's accelerated undergraduate degrees program.

Have Questions? Talk with a Recruiter.


Lancaster Bible College|Capital Seminary & Graduate School is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, admission to and enrollment with the College.