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Criminal Justice

NEXT START Jan. 2024
CREDITS 124 Hours
FORMAT 100% Online


This program will prepare students to enter advanced programs in legal studies and law enforcement and for allied careers in the criminal justice field. The Criminal Justice program opens the door to a wide variety of career choices for Trinity students in the areas of law enforcement, cyber-crime, and paralegal work, as well as postgraduate studies.

100% Online Course

Faculty With Real World Experience

8 Convinient Start Dates


Students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice need to complete the core program courses, as well as some strongly recommended General Education courses. Additionally, students should have skills in word processing, as well as proficiency in using spreadsheets and databases.

Required Courses (49 hours)
  • CRJ 201 Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CRJ 210 Criminal Courts
  • POL 250 American Government
  • POL 255 Constitutional Law
  • CRJ 300 Legal Writing and Communication
  • CRJ 320 Police and Societal Interactions
  • CRJ 330 Corrections
  • CRJ 351 Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
  • CRJ 360 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, & Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 361 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • CRJ 420 Police Response to Protests, Riots, and Disasters
  • CRJ 445 Criminal Justice Internship
General education requirements may be met by taking TIU courses, through transfer credit, or through prior learning assessment including credit by examination. No course can satisfy two general education requirements, and only nine (9) credits can simultaneously count for both general education and any major.
Thinking and Living Biblically in the World: 12 Hours
  • BI 105 – Understanding the Old Testament
  • BI 115 – Understanding the New Testament
  • BI 211 – Ethics and the Bible
  • IDS 180 – One Mission, Many Stories
Understanding the World Critically and Creatively: 6 Hours
  • ENG – 105 English Composition
  • ENG 106 – Critical Thinking and Composition
Presentation Intensive Course: 2-3 Hours*
Exploring Other Fields: Minimum 24 Hours*
Total General Education Credits: 44-45 Hours
*See course catalog for full list of possible courses to choose from
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You can obtain your degrees in as little as 4 ½ years through multiple avenues. Both our BA in Criminal Justice and MLS are offered entirely online or in-person, or a combination of both. Get your BA at our Deerfield, IL campus or pursue it entirely online. Our MLS is offered at our law school in Santa Ana, California and is also available entirely online. You get to set the course for your future in the way that works the best for you. Learn more about our Criminal Justice and MLS Dual Degree >>


All applicants must have:

  • A high school diploma or successful completion of the GED.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (using a 4.0 scale) for all prior college work or high school work if no prior college credits.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in algebra and computer skills is also required.
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose first language was not English)

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"It brings me great joy to lead a program that brings faith and criminal justice together. Trinity students are well prepared both academically and spiritually to make significant contributions to fields that desperately need God’s love, mercy, and justice. I am proud of the positive impact our alumni are making in their communities on a daily basis for God’s glory."



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