Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The field of criminal justice is growing rapidly, increasing market demand for qualified people trained in the latest criminology and law enforcement best practices.

“Each time a (person) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  

~ John F. Kennedy

The criminal justice degree program offers a holistic, in-depth examination of law enforcement, corrections and the courts as well as the interrelationship among all three segments of the industry. Building on Pfeiffer’s strong liberal arts foundation, the curriculum emphasizes the development of leadership, communication and critical thinking skills. This foundation is furthered through experiential learning and networking, completing your professional preparation.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate criminal justice program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus. Network with experienced professionals in the field through participation in the Ray Harrington Criminal Justice Club.


Our criminal justice program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 51 semester hours (SH).

Degree Requirements for a Major in Criminal Justice  

Core Courses (33 SH)

  • CRIM 202 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 205 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 206 Corrections
  • CRIM 220 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 240 Law Enforcement Operations
  • CRIM 311 Criminal Law 
  • CRIM 365 Forensic Evidence
  • CRIM 520 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • PSYC 202 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 222 Statistics & Data Analysis, or
  • BMAL 311 Business Statistics
  • SOCY 390 Research Methods

Interdisciplinary Component (9 SH)

  • BIOL 211 General Biology I
  • BMAL 371 Organizational Behavior
  • COMM 355 Diversity Issues in a Global Context
  • COMM 360 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 414 Conflict Transformation
  • PLSC 307 Law and Society
  • PSYC 225 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 226 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 295 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 425 Counseling
  • SOCY 204 Social Problems
  • SOCY 425 Death and Dying
  • SOCY 450 Race and Ethnic Relations

Electives (9 SH)

  • BIOL 421 Forensic Science
  • CRIM 204 Juvenile Justice
  • CRIM 207 Criminal Justice in Society
  • CRIM 222 Criminal Justice Administration
  • CRIM 425 White Collar Crime Investigation
  • CRIM 442 Terrorism
  • CRIM 495 Current Topics - may complete two (2) different topics
  • PLSC 411 Constitutional Law I-Powers
  • PLSC 412 Constitutional Law II-Rights
  • SOCY 201 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCY 499 Social Science Internship (3 or 6 SH)
  • SPAN (6 SH) 101, 102, 210 or 211

Degree Requirements for a Minor in Criminal Justice (24 SH)  

Core Requirements (18 SH)

  • CRIM 202 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 205 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 206 Corrections
  • CRIM 220 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 240 Law Enforcement Operations
  • CRIM 311 Criminal Law

Electives (6 SH)

  • PLSC 411 Constitutional Law I
  • PLSC 412 Constitutional Law II
  • PSYC 225 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 226 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOCY 204 Social Problems
  • SOCY 450 Race and Ethnic Relations

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


Are you interested in working in law enforcement, corrections, forensic science or private security? Would you enjoy working for the court system or as a criminologist? If so, become a criminal justice major.

Alumni Spotlight

“I can proudly say Pfeiffer University has played a tremendous role in the person I have become. The relationships you build with faculty, students and staff will last a lifetime. Building these relationships will undoubtedly benefit your skill set and further create opportunities in the ever-changing global environment.”

Karla Topete '12 was a first-generation college student and one of the first early college students admitted by Pfeiffer University.  She graduated with a degree in criminal justice and now works as an officer with the Burlington Police Department.

Karla Topete '12
Criminal Justice

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