BA IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MASTER OF LEGAL STUDIES
DUAL DEGREE

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WHY PURSUE A BA IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MLS DUAL DEGREE AT TIU?

At Trinity, you will be prepared both inside and outside the classroom to excel in the field of criminal justice. Approaching the law through the lens of faith and ethics, you’ll be equipped to make an impact on your community. Earning a BA in Criminal Justice & Master of Legal Studies dual degree will place you ahead of your peers as you pursue your career goals. You will receive degrees from Trinity College as well as Trinity Law School. This program is unlike any other. It’s flexible, practical, and achievable on your schedule.

Students will be able to apply 15 credits from the MLS towards their undergraduate degree which will reduce the number of required credits from 120 to 105, allowing them to advance into graduate work more quickly. The remaining 15 credits of their MLS incorporates an emphasis in criminal justice. Students graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice & MLS will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the law in areas applicable to a wide range of business and management positions
  • Apply the law as a tool for effective and ethical decision making
  • Identify legal issues and formulate legal theories that impact their professional career
  • Understand the ethics of criminal justice
  • Effectively interact with attorneys regarding the application of legal solutions to business and ministry challenges
  • Recognize and resolve ethical issues by applying knowledge of secular law and biblical principles

BA in Criminal Justice & Masters of Legal Studies Courses

BA in Criminal Justice

Course Title Credits
CRJ 210 Criminal Courts 3
POL 250 American Government 3
POL 255 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ 300 Legal Writing and Communication 3
CRJ 320 Police and Societal Interactions 3
CRJ 351 Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime 3
CRJ 360 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, & Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 420 Police Response to Protests, Riots, and Disasters 3
CRJ 445 Criminal Justice Internship 3
CRJ 460 Victimology and Restorative Justice 3
CRJ 490 Criminal Justice Seminar 3
MA 285X Statistics 3
SOC 324 Criminology 3

MLS with Criminal Justice Emphasis

MLS 558 Legal Fundamentals 3
MLS 505 Philosophy and Theology of Justice 3
MLS 521 Contracts 3
MLS 541 Torts 3
MLS 660 Property 3
MLS 702 Business Organizations 3

Electives (9 credits)

MLS 565 Juvenile Law and Delinquency 3
MLS 567 Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Criminal Justice 3
MLS 570 Forensic Mental Health 3
MLS 572 Victimology and Restorative Justice 3
MLS 573 Cyber Criminology 3
MLS 543 Human Trafficking and Economic Development (Taken via Study Abroad in Cambodia) 3
MLS 575 Law and Theory of Corrections 3
MLS 783 Criminal Procedure 3

WAYS YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR DUAL DEGREE

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 Bannockburn, 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.

CAREER OUTCOMES

A Trinity BA in Criminal Justice & MLS dual degree sets you up for success in local and federal law enforcement, a career in government or business, and is excellent preparation for law school. Whether you are just starting your career or looking to advance it, this unique degree combination gives you a well-rounded education to excel in your field of choice.


“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.”

Guy Loftin, JD
Professor of Criminal Justice


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