Bachelors in Political Science – Criminal Justice


Criminal justice studies at ACU trains the next generation of law enforcement leaders to live out their calling to law enforcement, grounded in the biblical worldview and ethics, equipped with skills and knowledge for professional success, and ready to enter one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. Classes are taught by experienced active-duty law enforcement personnel, who guide students through rigorous coursework that combines criminal justice theory and scholarship, with practical, hands-on training. Our criminal justice faculty are not only teachers, they are mentors who help students combine their passion for law enforcement with excellent training and the benefit of their experience. Our unique criminal justice coursework grounds students in the biblical worldview, while training them in biblical ethics and challenging them to live out their faith with compassion and God’s truth in the criminal justice profession.

Housed within ACU’s bachelor’s degree in Political Science, the program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of criminal justice course work, as well as broad training in areas of law, public policy, research and analytical writing, American government, and Constitutional law. This combination of criminal justice and traditional political science coursework prepares students for a career that keeps pace with this dynamic field, whether in law enforcement and community policing, careers in law and legal work, or work in public policymaking or serving in government.

Students who complete a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of sciences in Political Science-Criminal Justice are prepared for significant Christian influence in government, law enforcement, law, and politics. Students explore the intersection of faith and politics, while being grounded in the ideas, values, and institutions of the American system of government and politics more generally. Learn to integrate the biblical worldview into a deep understanding of government as you thoughtfully consider and address the political opportunities and challenges facing today’s culture. By integrating faith and scholarship, political science graduates translate their passion for political transformation into significant Christian leadership and influence in their communities, the nation, and the world.

Why Political Science-Criminal Justice at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Criminal Justice program offers several unique advantages.

  • The ACU Political Science – Criminal Justice curriculum prepares you to transform government, law enforcement, and politics with God’s Truth.
  • Develop, formalize, and integrate the biblical worldview into all aspects of government, law enforcement, and politics.
  • ACU digs deeply into the idea of American Exceptionalism and what makes our nation’s history, institutions, political culture and ideas ‒ especially liberty, limited government, the free market and constitutionalism ‒ unique.
  • Criminal Justice coursework is built on a foundation of biblical worldview understanding and ethics.
  • You will be uniquely prepared to take your faith into the law enforcement profession.
  • All students complete a course in the U.S. Constitution and other coursework emphasizes the origins and importance of the rule of law within the American justice system.
  • Throughout the major, you’ll deeply explore the intersection of faith, the biblical worldview and law enforcement, historically, in the contemporary context, and in future careers.
  • The program emphasizes strategic, practical equipping of students for effective citizenship, public-minded service, and positions of influence in politics, law, public policy, and other related areas.

What will I study?

The Political Science-Criminal Justice program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related Coursework focus areas will include:

  • American Government, Institutions, and Ideas
  • Faith and Politics
  • Political Thought: Ancient, Contemporary, and American
  • Constitutional Law
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Public Policy
  • International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • Emphases available in Criminal Justice, Economic Liberty and Politics, or Healthcare Policy

Criminal Justice


Career Paths


Department of Political Science and Government

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

(602) 489-5300

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Career Paths

ACU’s Criminal Justice degree prepares students to pursue careers in:

  • Government / Politics
  • Law / Legal Field
  • Law Enforcement
  • Policy Research and Advocacy
  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Public Service
  • Education / Academia

Academic Major Courses

Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 15 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies and 8 credits of foreign language courses. 3 credits of Upper Division Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required.

CourseCourse NameCredits
POL 150American Government3
POL 210Political Ideologies3
POL 230Law and Politics3
POL 300Research and Writing3
POL 305Faith and Politics3
POL 376American Exceptionalism3
POL 450Constitutional Law3
POL 497Internship3
POL 490Political Science Capstone3
CRJ 210Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 280Criminology3
CRJ 310Criminal Law and Procedures3
CRJ 330Homeland Security3
CRJ 420Criminal Justice Ethics3
CRJ 425Faith and the Criminal Justice Profession3