Bachelor of Arts (BACJ)
Prepare for a career defending the public.
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.
Lindsey Blest, a recent graduate of our communication program, now works as a reporter at Lancaster Newspapers.
"I love to teach because Jesus taught. When he taught, he opened others' eyes to spiritual realities that they might not have previously considered . . . I aim to do the same in my teaching." — Dr. Churchville
"Excellence is not necessarily that part of achievement which other people appreciate but rather the sum of time spent on and of effort put into any task. The amount of time and effort we put into winning high opinions usually keeps us from being excellent." — Dr. Spanjer
Professor Churchville received a Bachelor of Arts in American History from Brown University, and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He has previously practiced as an attorney in the private and public sectors of Philadelphia and Lancaster counties. He has taught Law, Government and Political Science over the last decade, and currently specializes in Criminal Justice and Constitutional Law.
Daniel Spanjer graduated from Nyack College with a BA in History and from Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando) with a MA Theology. In April, 2016, he successfully defended his dissertation at the University at Albany, SUNY. He has taught at Nyack College, University at Albany, and is currently the Chair of the Arts and Sciences Department and Professor of History at Lancaster Bible College. He also serves the college as the director of the Alcuin Society, a scholarly organization which serves campus faculty. Dr. Spanjer has published several essays for the new Encyclopedia of Christianity and developing a book for Square Halo Books on the history of the Western Church. Dan is a pilot and has worked as a mechanic, commercial fisherman, grant administrator and golf course greens keeper. He is married to Tara Spanjer and they have three daughters: Meghan, Emily, and Katelyn.
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Law Enforcement
Juvenile Justice Administration
American Judicial System
Punishment and Corrections
Police and Society
Criminal Justice Internship
Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure
Intro to Psychology/General Psychology (*SOC 101)
Intro to Sociology/Principles of Sociology (*SOC 203)
Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Social Science Research Methods
Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice/ Faith, Politics and Society Seminar
Cultural Diversity (*SWK 204)