John Brown University has added an undergraduate criminal justice degree to its offerings, effective for fall 2020.
The school said its bachelor of science in criminal justice program will prepare students to work in local, state or federal law enforcement, public safety and law, including administrative positions in those fields.
The major is intentionally structured to give students access to experts in criminal justice as well as the related fields of political science, psychology and more, the private Christian university said.
JBU said the major would help students articulate a Christian worldview in recognizing, understanding and applying ethical reasoning skills in the domain of criminal justice as well as learn data and methods of social science research to respond to contemporary issues in criminal justice.
"In recent years, criminal justice has become one of the most sought-after courses of study in the nation. We're excited to leverage the expertise of our faculty with the resources of an innovative partner institution to train and equip future leaders in this field," said Daniel Bennett, associate professor of political science, in a news release. "JBU's criminal justice graduates will stand out not only for their professional preparation but also for their integrity and character."
The new degree offering is the result of a partnership between JBU and Bluefield College, a fellow member of the Coalition of Christian Colleges & Universities in Bluefield, Virginia.
JBU students will take 12 of the required 42 credit hours of criminal justice courses online with Bluefield.