Program Overview

A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Lincoln College offers students a wide range of contemporary curriculum classes with a balance of academic and professional knowledge. Classes offered include training in diversity studies, international criminal justice, and women in criminal justice. Students have the opportunity to engage in internships in various criminal justice agencies.

Criminal Justice majors have the choice of concentrations in corrections, law enforcement or pre-law.  Criminal Justice majors typically work in public positions for local, state, or federal government agencies or private employers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Effectively communicate critical analysis of the criminal justice system in both oral and written
    forms. (GELO I)
  • Apply operational models underlying the administration of the American criminal justice system
    to real world situations. (GELO V)
  • Evaluate research data to form critical judgements regarding criminological theories used in the
    administration of justice. (GELO II)
  • Form critical judgments regarding ethical dilemmas emanating from the distinction between
    criminal procedural rules and substantive law in the administration of justice. (GELO IV)
  • Propose recommended solutions to problems in the administration of justice emanating from
    the diversity within the social system. (GELO III)
  • Describe the context for the system of the administration of justice in the United States
    including the policies and practices which comprise the systems of social control.
  • Describe the history, theory, practice and legal environment of correctional philosophies and
  • Identify the nature and causes of crime including typologies, offenders, and victims.
  • Describe the fundamental nature of criminal law and criminal procedures including court
    procedures and judicial decision-making.
  • Describe the history, theory, practice and legal environment of law enforcement practices
    including police organization and subcultures.

Why Study This Program?

Our program offers a broad approach to studying criminal justice. Rather than choosing a specific track in the criminal justice system, students will be exposed to all parts of the system. That means they will be better prepared for a wide range of careers and have a better understanding of the entire system. We want our students to be well rounded citizens when they leave our program.

Experiences & Opportunities

Students in Criminal Justice will have an opportunity to take field trips to various criminal justice agencies, hear from guest speakers in the field, complete an internship in criminal justice and participate in the criminal justice club.


  • Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff
  • State Trooper
  • Victim Advocate
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Youth Correctional Officer
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Private Security
  • Non-profit services for at-risk youth

Required Coursework

Degree Requirements:
Successful completion of the Criminal Justice Studies curriculum (63 hours)
Foundation Courses (15 hours): (may be satisfied through general education requirements)
Grade of C or better in the following courses: POS 101, PSY 101, HIS 101 or HIS 102, SOC 101 or
109, SOC 206, BUS 166 or CSC 115

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours): (may be satisfied through general education requirements):
MAT 110 with a grade of C or better (Prereq. C or better in MAT 095 or placement)

Criminal Justice Introductory Core Courses (12 hours): Grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
CJS 108, CJS 210, CJS 220, CJS 240

Criminal Justice Upper Level Core Courses (21 hours): Grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
CJS 325 (pre. C or better in CJS 220), CJS 346 (prereq. C or better in CJS 240), CJS 350 (Prereq. C or better in CJS 108), CJS 353/CRT 303 (Prereq. C or better in MAT 110), CJS 356 (Prereq. C or better in CJS 108), CJS 362 (Prereq. C or better in CJS 108), CJS 442 (pre. C or better CJS 346)

Senior Level Criminal Justice Courses (6 hours): Grade of C or better in each of the following courses: CJS 456 (Prereq. CJS 442 or concurrent enrollment; Sr. Standing), CJS 490 (Prereq. C or better in CJS 353/CRT 303; Sr. Standing)

CJS Major Electives (6 hours): C or better in two of the following courses: CJS 262 (Prereq. CJS 108), CJS 280, CJS 320, CJS 358, CJS 424 (prereq. C or better in CJS 325 and PSY 101), CJS 470 (Prereq. CJS 108 and Sr. Standing), CJS 491 (prereq. Sr. Standing), CJS 492 (Prereq. Permission of CJS Lead Faculty), CMN 310, CRT 301 (Prereq. Jr/Sr Standing), ENG 302 (Prereq. ENG 102), POS 391 (Prereq. POS 101; Jr/Sr Standing), POS 392 (Prereq. POS 101; Jr/Sr. Standing)

Complete a minimum of 120 total credit hours
Last 30 credit hours must be completed at Lincoln College
A minimum of 30 hours of upper division coursework (numbered 300 or above)
Final Lincoln College cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above