Adult Education

Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts (BACJ)

Prepare for a career to serve the public.

Study Criminal Justice at LBC

Advocacy, Law and Justice in the Name of Christ

If you have a passion for bringing restorative justice into the world through your career and relationship with Christ, this just might be the major for you.

When you study criminal justice at Lancaster Bible College, you’ll gain the value of getting a Christian college education while learning the basic concepts of the legal system from three perspectives: police, courts and corrections. Designed to give students an overview of the criminal justice system by broadly studying the different aspects of the law enforcement, judicial and correctional systems, students will graduate prepared to enter the field of criminal justice. Plus, through this flexible program that’s created specifically for adults looking to start or complete their degrees, students can choose to study criminal justice completely online, only in class, or even do a combination of both! While our traditional undergraduate programs are geared toward 18 to 22-year-olds, the accelerated program is designed to meet the needs of adults who juggle their education around an already full schedule. Typical undergraduate students spend 45 hours per week for nine months to earn 30 credits. Through our accelerated program, we cut that weekly time commitment more than in half – thereby, helping you to achieve your goals even faster than you thought possible.

Why Study Criminal Justice at LBC?

  • Fast & Flexible Schedule: The fast-paced schedule allows you to concentrate on one 6 week course at a time.
  • Life Experience Credit: Earn college credits from our evaluation of your life experiences.
  • Earn Your Degree Your Way: Study completely online, only in class or even do a combination of both!
  • Accredited: Earn your degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.
  • Experienced Faculty: Our program is taught by professors who have a passion to teach from their years of hands-on experience in the field.
  • Integrate your Christian faith and calling with your professional skills and acumen.

Adult Education

Your Journey

Program Credits: 120

Locations: Online,


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Accept Previously Earned Credits: Yes

Cost per credit: $440 starting fall 2019

Average course = 3 credits
(average is $1,320 per course)

“Learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” – Isaiah 1:17


Criminal Justice (120 Credits)

Criminal Justice Core:30 Credits
Biblical Studies Core:18 Credits
Arts & Sciences Core:42 Credits
General Electives:30 Credits

View more details in the catalog.


Course Requirements (18 credits)

The Criminal Justice Minor will allow students majoring in other disciplines to supplement their knowledge with specialized courses and to learn more about the populations they will serve in their chosen professions, thus allowing them to more effectively proclaim Christ. The student interested in the Criminal Justice Minor must complete 15 credits in total from the Core Course Curriculum and the Course Electives Listings. Any student wishing to substitute credits from other courses towards their required Criminal Justice courses at LBC must be aware that the Minor will only accept such classes as deemed equivalent and approved by the Program Director.

  • CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJ 203 American Judicial System (3)
  • CRJ 311 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
  • Electives (2 required). Choose from…
    • CRJ 202 Corrections and Punishment
    • CRJ 222 Juvenile Justice System and Administration
    • CRJ 250 Law and Public Policy
    • CRJ 310 Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure
    • CRJ 380 Preparing for Law School
    • CRJ 422 Race, Class and Criminal Justice
    • SWK 204 Cultural Diversity
    • SWK 213 Social Work and Addictions
    • SCI 380 Forensics

Sample Course Outline

CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ102 Introduction to Law Enforcement

CRJ202 Corrections and Punishment

CRJ203 American Judicial System

CRJ215 Soul Care for the CJ Professional

CRJ222 Juvenile Justice System and Administration

CRJ304 Criminology

CRJ310 Constitutional Law & Criminal Procedure

CRJ311 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

CRJ422 Race, Class and Criminal Justice

A Closer Look: Hear for the Director

Why should Christians be involved in criminal justice?

Program director, Dr. John Churchville, shares his perspective.

Jobs and Careers in Criminal Justice (*Requires additional schooling or training)

  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Investigator*
  • Police Officer*
  • Paralegal
  • Private Security Officer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Victim Witness Advocate
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Secret Service*
  • Youth Advocate Worker

How Does the Adult Education Course Schedule Work?

The adult program consists of THREE terms:

  • Fall: July–December
  • Spring: January–June
  • Summer: June-August

The fall and spring terms are comprised of 3 course sessions and the summer is comprised of 2 course sessions. A course session runs for SIX weeks or classes and runs back-to-back across all the weeks of the year. Exact dates for each term are available through the Adult Education Office

Students may choose to take their courses either in class, online, or both.

  • In class
    Students taking on-site classes come once a week for five weeks per course. Our courses typically meet on Tuesday* nights from 6 to 10 PM. During the sixth week of the course, the class does not meet so that students can complete their course work.
    (*Philadelphia classes meets Monday through Thursday.)
  • Online classes
    Students taking online courses are not required to attend class at any time. Instead, they engage in collaborative learning through our learning management system. Learn more about studying online.

Meet the Recruiters

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ONLINE: Contact Mary

 Email | 866-275-8720


LANCASTER: Contact Tony

 Email | 717.569.7071 ext.5471


ONLINE: Contact Jeff

 Email | 866-275-8720

Determining What Courses To Take

Each student’s path to completion is unique, depending upon the courses you are transferring into the program. The curriculum plan above gives a broad picture of the required credits. If your transfer credits come from mostly one of those areas, you will need to take credits in the other areas. The remaining courses you need for graduation can best be determined after reviewing your transcripts. With flexible electives, Bible and Theology requirements, and General Education requirements, most students are able to transfer to LBC the maximum number of credits.

Credits for Prior Learning. Students can earn up to 30 life experience credits, through the Credits for Prior Learning evaluation process, which will often reduce the time to complete a degree. The life experience credit evaluation process is done after a student begins a program.

When Can I Start?

As soon as you are ready. LBC has 8 entry points per year meaning you are only ever a few weeks away till the next course starts.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Degree?

Our LBC Financial Aid Office can help you navigate through the process. Learn more

What’s your next step?