Criminal Justice (B.S.)

FHU / Dickson at the Renaissance Center offers programs for students who desire to complete a bachelor’s degree and who have completed an associate’s degree or who have completed 60 or more credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university. For students just beginning their college coursework, Nashville State Community College offers classes at the Renaissance Center that lead to the completion of an associate’s degree.

Though the Criminal Justice major is one of the newest majors on the campus of Freed-Hardeman, it is also one of the fastest growing. The Criminal Justice program prepares students to work in areas of law enforcement, correction, drug enforcement, probation, or parole. A criminal justice degree also provides the opportunity to work in many government agencies, including the FBI, Homeland Security, and the Secret Service. Students have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom by participating in field investigations and case simulations. The program is fortunate to have the support of a number of professionals in the criminal justice community who supervise students in their fieldwork. A major goal in the criminal justice major is to prepare students to integrate their study of criminal justice with their Christian faith.

4 -- Year Plans

These 4 Year Plans assume two years obtaining an A.A. or A.S. (or transfer with B.S.W.), and then outline the completion of your bachelor's degree at FHU / Dickson in two years.

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for a B.S. Major in Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator: Bryan McAlister

Prerequisite:  Associate of Arts or Sciences (A.A. or A.S.) in Criminal Justice

(Please consult the catalog or website of Nashville State Community College or another regionally accredited community college participating in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways Program for degree requirements for the A.A. or A.S. degrees in Criminal Justice.)

I. A.A./A.S. in Criminal Justice (General Education Requirements) 60 hours

(Please consult the catalog or website of Nashville State Community College or another regionally accredited community college participating in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways Program for degree requirements for the A.A. or A.S. degrees in Criminal Justice.)

The following courses are required lower-division courses for the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree and must be completed in the freshman and sophomore years as part of the A.A. or A.S. in Criminal Justice degree.

 
     
CJU 210 Introduction to Criminal Justice System
CJU 310 Police and Law Enforcement 
CJU 330 Correctional Systems 
POL 231 American Government I 
PSY 210 General Psychology 
PSY 218  Abnormal Psychology 
SOC 241  General Sociology 
   
II. Major Core Requirements
CJU 320 Criminal Investigation 3
CJU 350 Juvenile Justice 3
CJU 410 Criminal Justice Theories (W) 3
CJU 480 Capstone in Criminal Justice 3
CJU 497 Internship 3
POL 385 Fundamentals of Criminal Law (W) 3
POL 389 American Civil Liberties 3
SOC 240 Crime and Delinquency 3
SOC 252 Human Behavior in Social Environment II 3
SOC/SWK 405 Methods of Social & Behavioral Research 3
SWK 330 Crisis Intervention 3
    33 hours 
     


III. Electives (Options) Includes 10 hours Bible 33 hours
   
Fall Options:  
FAM 305 Childhood Disorders  3
PSY 399H Psychology in Film  3
SWK 251 HBSE I: Childhood and Adolescence  3
SWK 445 Ethnic Cultures  3
SWK 450 Intervention with Populations at Risk  3
 
Spring Options:  
CJU 380 Criminal Behavioral and Profiling 
FAM 399E  Death and Dying 
PSY 350  Forensic Psychology 
PSY 408  Family and Individual Counseling