Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Faulkner University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree-completion program is specifically designed for the current professional seeking a credential to propel their career through greater understanding and enhanced practice. Curriculum enhances field knowledge in criminal justice areas, including law enforcement, corrections, legal and private security and also supports professional development through continued learning.

Program Objectives

The bachelor’s degree is the credential you need to take your career where you want it to go. It serves as an academic foundation for further learning, including entrance into graduate programs and law school.

Program Design

Faulkner University takes a moral and ethical instructional approach to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree curriculum and emphasizes law enforcement, private security, corrections and pre-law. Faculty members are more than experts in the classroom; they are respected experts in the criminal justice field who deliver practical curriculum for real-world challenges.

The BCJ is a 120-hour degree program where students transfer in 66 hours of general education credits and take the remaining 54 hours of program content with Faulkner. The 54 hours of upper-level courses can be completed in three semesters, allowing transfer students to accelerate their degree program. Students can also choose between the fully online or hybrid learning format based on their academic needs. The degree program is divided into six, eight-week modules. Additionally, professionals with law enforcement and corrections minimum standards certification can earn academic credit toward the 66 hours of general education (core) requirements for the degree. Students without 66 credits to transfer in may complete the needed classes online at Faulkner to qualify for the program.

*Module 1 Module 2 Module 3
  • BCJ 3312: CJ & WWW
  • **BCJ 4301: Criminalistics
  • BCJ 4303: CJ Ethics
  • BCJ 2331: Criminal Law
  • BCJ 3301: Criminology
  • **BCJ 4307: Research Methods
  • BCJ 3309: Terrorism
  • BCJ 3310: Corrections
  • **BCJ 4306: Criminal Behavior Analysis
Module 4 Module 5 Module 6
  • BCJ 3304: Juvenile Justice
  • BCJ 3313: Cultural Diversity
  • **BCJ 4303: Interview and Interrogation
  • **BCJ 3305: Constitutional Law
  • BCJ 3306: Private Security
  • BCJ 3324: Crisis Management
  • BCJ 3309: First Line Supervision
  • BCJ 4302: Courts
  • **BCJ 4305: Special Issues

* Courses are offered in both a hybrid format and fully online. Classes are offered once per year. Students can enter the program at the beginning of each module (January, March, April, June, August and October and complete the rotation from the point of entry.

**These courses are offered both on-ground and online. Therefore, students can take the entire series online or in the aforementioned hybrid format.

Prospective students enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A high school diploma or GED. You must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants out of school for more than 5 years are not required to submit ACT or SAT. Applicants out of school within the last 5 years must submit ACT or SAT. A minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 1290 on the SAT is required.
  • A student must be at least age 23 or older. For students under the age of 23, three reference letters must be submitted to an admissions committee at the main campus in Montgomery.
  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
BCJ 2331 Criminal Law
Criminal law is a study of the historical and philosophical concepts of law including the purpose and functions of criminal laws and statutes as a means of social control in the preservation of life and property. In this course a student will study the elements of various offenses including offenses against the person, offenses against property, and common defenses against criminal acts; and will learn the differences between misdemeanor and felony charges. The student will also receive initial exposure to the punishment prescribed for the various offenses. This course is offered online only during the fall semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.BCJ 3301 CriminologyThis course is a study of law and crime, the nature and causation of crime, and the various theories and research studies regarding criminality. Criminology explores the foundations of law and crime as it applies to society in both a historical context and in current times. This course examines the theories and studies including: the Classical School, the Biological Theories, the Psychological/ Psychiatric Theories, the Social Structure Approaches, the Social Process Theories, and the Social Conflict Theories. This course is offered online only during the fall semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.BCJ 3302 Community Relations

A study of the numerous and complex factors involved in the area of human relations as it impacts CJ agencies and their stakeholders. Community Relations examines the CJ system’s interdependency in administering justice, the impact of government on the criminal justice system and agencies, and studies the impact that public relations and public image have for criminal justice agencies. Community Relations examines the impact that public perception, trust and confidence play in the ability of the system to serve the public. This course is offered online only as an elective course at selected times. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3304 Juvenile Justice

This course provides a study of the Juvenile Justice system. Students will examine characteristics of juvenile offenders, juvenile court procedures, prevention and diversion programs, and theories of causation. Other topics to be covered include the history of juvenile justice, child abuse, violent youths and gangs, and Alabama state law as it relates to juveniles. This course is offered online only during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3305 Constitutional Law

Examination of Constitutional provisions, their development through court interpretation, and their application to the legal system. Includes specific analysis of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments. Also includes an analysis of various ethical considerations associated with constitutional issues. This course is offered in the classroom at the selected locations and online during the summer semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3306 Private Security

This course is an overview of the history and development of the growing private security field. Special emphasis is placed on the work of Alan Pinkerton, and others, in the early days of the development of the private security field. Current liability issues related to the provision of private security services are explored. Methods of disaster preparedness and emergency preparedness planning are explored. Attention is also given to basic fraud detection techniques, including how to conduct a fraud vulnerability assessment and fraud risk analysis. A significant focus of this course is on the role of private security in crime prevention. This course is offered online only during the summer semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3308 Terrorism

This course examines the history and philosophy of terrorism, particularly reviewing the beliefs and activities of terrorist groups that have influenced the course of world events. Concentration is given to the study of contemporary terrorist activities, both at home and abroad, and students are exposed to traditional and unique approaches employed worldwide to combat terrorist organizations and methodologies. This course is offered online only during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3309 First Line Supervision

This course is designed to provide the student with a study of management concepts, theories, and practices commonly experienced by first line criminal justice supervisors. At the end of the course the student will be familiar with supervision topics such as leadership basics, leadership ethics, goal setting, time management, motivation, communication, problem solving, decision making, stress management, practical negotiation, supervisory liability, meetings, networking, and future trends. This course is offered online only during the summer semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3310 Corrections in America

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the early history of correctional thought and practice, the history of corrections in America, and the law of corrections. This course will also familiarize the student with current and future trends of corrections in America to include alternative sentencing such as probation, parole, house arrest, and drug treatment. This course is offered online only during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3311 CJ Professional and the Family

This course is designed to provide the student with various resources, principles, and concepts that will help prepare, govern, and enhance the student’s present and future marital and/or family relationships. The course will study current researched models for successful marriages and combine biblical principles to offer a practical, spiritual model for family life. Finally, the course will provide the student with the meaning and purpose of marriage and family according to the Bible. This course id offered online only as an elective course at selected times.  Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3312 CJ and the Worldwide Web (WWW)

This course is an overview of criminal justice topics and issues currently accessible on the on the Internet. Techniques are developed for locating information regarding sex offenders, tracing emails, using the SSDI (Social Security Death Index) to detect misuse of Social Security numbers of deceased people, locating and using forms related to suspicious banking transactions (SAR, suspicious activity reports). In-class exercises allow each student to gain hands-on experience in the use of various search engines. Attention is given to matters related to meta-tags, copyright matters, and criminal activity that occur over the Internet. This course is offered online only during the fall semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3313 Crime and Cultural Diversity

An examination of the native and immigrant cultures residing within the boundaries of the United States, and a study of how those cultures interact with the Criminal Justice System. Students review theories of minority criminality and race relations in the United States. This course is offered online only during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 3324 Crisis Management

This course provides the student with an introduction to counseling theory and practice by examining counseling methods and strategies to confront contemporary issues. This course will offer a biblical perspective, which is viewed as the basis from which to work in the encounter of a crisis throughout the healing process of a crisis. This course is designed to help prepare the CJ student with selected crises commonly found in field experience of the criminal justice practitioner. This course is offered online only during the summer semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 4301 Criminalistics

This course presents a survey of the different methods of scientific investigative techniques including fingerprinting, photography, casting, ballistic procedures, evidence collection, chain of custody, and utilization of crime laboratories. In addition students may participate in a crime scene search and discover the interdependent nature of the investigator and lab technician. This course is offered in the classroom at selected locations and online during the fall semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 4302 Courts and Courtroom Procedure

Court and Courtroom Procedures is a study of the American justice system in the administration of law and crime. This course provides students with an overview of the court systems at the state and federal level, an in-depth look at the duties and responsibilities of the key courtroom players and courtroom work groups in the administration of justice, and an overview of evidentiary matters and the impact that the interdependence of the CJ system on the judiciary. This course is offered online only during the summer semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 4303 Interview and Interrogation

This course is designed to familiarize students with basic communications concepts as well as basic concepts, processes, techniques, and legal aspects of interview and interrogation used in the field of criminal justice. The course will address the differences and similarities between interview and interrogation; different types, uses and processes of interviews; various forms of verbal and nonverbal communication; specialized types of interviews, such as probing, selection, counseling, and persuasive. This course is offered in the classroom at selected locations and online during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 4304 Ethics and the Criminal Justice System

This course examines dilemmas and decisions in the criminal justice system focusing on typical problems encountered in law enforcement, corrections, and the courts. Attention is given to due process, fundamental fairness and various ethical guidelines used in the criminal justice system. The use of force by law enforcement and the Dirty Harry problem are evaluated. Theories of punishment are also considered. Avenues of police corruption are also explored. This course is offered online only during the fall semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 4305 Special Issues in Criminal Justice

Special Issues is a study of significant current topics, problems, and issues facing the criminal justice system. This course also examines the current crises in criminal justice and the various proposed solutions to those crises. This course is offered in the classroom at selected locations and online during the summer semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 4306 Criminal Behavior Analysis

This course presents an introduction to the current methods and techniques used by law enforcement agencies in criminal profiling. Theoretical concepts drawn from criminology, sociology, and psychology are discussed with application to the criminal violations of sexual murder, rape, child victimization, and selected nuisance offenses of an interpersonal nature. Students will be familiar with basic terminology and descriptive terms associated with interpersonal crimes and related forensic study. This course is offered in the classroom at selected locations and online during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

 

BCJ 4307 Research Methods for Criminal Justice

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research and statistical methods typically used in the field of Criminal Justice. This course will explain the data gathering process, sampling procedures, and various statistical tests routinely performed on criminal justice data. The student will be prepared to evaluate reports and journal articles and to recognize emerging theories in the criminal justice field. This course is offered in the classroom at selected locations and online during the fall semester. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.