Criminal Justice students gain a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills that are highly relevant to a range of careers within the criminal justice system, or for further study in a related field. All courses will be taught from the perspective of a Christian worldview that embraces strong moral character as essential to the ethical practices that are necessary in working in the criminal justice field.

Ways to Study

Undergraduate (Major) | Online

Course Plan


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An Affordable Christian College Experience

Multnomah University’s undergraduate online cost-per-credit is $375. This makes a degree from a Christian college more affordable than ever. Additionally, Multnomah has excellent transfer student policies which mean you can now likely attend Multnomah for less than your current college. We also help students finish their degrees FAST at Multnomah.

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Examples Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at Multnomah. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system. It explores the history, structure, and function of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

This course explores the causes and consequences of crime and delinquency. Students will explore the major theoretical perspectives in criminology, such as social learning theory, strain theory, and control theory, and examine how these perspectives explain the occurrence of crime.

This course provides an examination of the principles and practices of crime forensics, including the collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence in criminal investigations. The course will cover the various types of evidence commonly collected in criminal investigations and methods of collection.

This course provides an in-depth examination of the juvenile justice system in the United States, including the historical evolution of the system, the legal framework, and contemporary issues and challenges. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique aspects of juvenile justice and the specialized approaches necessary to effectively serve juvenile offenders.

Program Duration and Delivery

Students who enroll in four courses per semester can complete the program in as little as three years depending on how many credits they transfer. The program will be offered fully online and an 8-week online academic calendar.

Required: 39 semester hours; 20 or more upper division; minimum 2.0 GPA

Career Placement

With your B.S. in Criminal Justice, you will be equipped and prepared for roles such as:

• Law Enforcement Officer • Corrections Officer • Probation Officer
• Victim Advocate • Private Investigator • Crime Analyst