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.

The criminal justice program at Lancaster Bible College will prepare students to fill redemptive roles in our larger society. We have designed courses, internships, student work, and instructor interaction to help students promote biblical justice and the love of Christ in service to people in public spaces. Students will take classes in areas of Criminal Justice, which focus on law enforcement and corrections, and of Legal Studies, which focus on legal reasoning and provides exposure for those interested in the legal profession. Through academic rigor and hands on training, Christian professionals in LBC’s criminal justice program teach students how to live out the Gospel in society, excel in their chosen fields, and strengthen their faith for the work to which God calls them. 

Why Study Criminal Justice at LBC?

  • Earn your degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.
  • Enjoy the experience of learning in cross-cultural ministry settings.
  • Get experience in the field before you graduate through internships in the local community.

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

A Closer Look: Arts & Sciences

Why should Christians be involved in criminal justice?

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

Meet The Faculty

Dr. John Churchville

Criminal Justice Major Director

"I love to teach because Jesus taught. When he taught, he opened others' eyes to spiritual realities that they might not have previously considered . . . I aim to do the same in my teaching." — Dr. Churchville

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Dr. Daniel Spanjer

Chair of the Arts & Sciences Department

"Excellence is not necessarily that part of achievement which other people appreciate but rather the sum of time spent on and of effort put into any task. The amount of time and effort we put into winning high opinions usually keeps us from being excellent." — Dr. Spanjer

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Mr. Travis Schmalhofer

Adjunct Faculty

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Mr. Greg Wahl

Adjunct Faculty

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

  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Investigator*
  • Police Officer*
  • Paralegal
  • Private Security Officer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Victim Witness Advocate
  • Federal Marshal*

Sample Course Outline

CRJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course will give a general overview of the criminal justice system in the United States.  It will focus primarily on the role of law enforcement, the court system and the correctional industry.  The course will examine how each phase of the system currently works, or does not work, from the point of initially reported crime, to possible arrest and prosecution, to case resolution and ultimately through the arrestee’s outcome at sentencing.  As an introductory course, its primary goal is to help prepare the student majoring in criminal justice with a broad foundation of knowledge from which to pursue more comprehensive and rigorous analysis in advanced courses.

CRJ 102 - Introduction to Law Enforcement

This course will examine the critical issues faced by American police through analyses of research relating to the historical, sociological, and legal bases for policing with an emphasis on contemporary trends in law enforcement.

CRJ 202 - Corrections and Punishment

This course will give an overview of the history of punishment of crime in the United States, whether through community sanctions (such as probation or restitution) or through community removal (incarceration in jails, prison, or community corrections facilities). It will examine theories of deterrence, behavior modification and recidivism rates. This course provides an in-depth introduction to the historical evolution and current state of incarceration and detention in the United States. Students will take a critical look at life in prison by exploring how incarceration affects the inmate and the potential consequences for society. Special emphasis is given to current controversies in jail and prison policy, such as family disruption, and physical and sexual violence. Finally, the course will address the causes that have led the United States to having the highest population of incarcerated persons in the world.

CRJ 203 - American Judicial System

This course will survey the function and process of courts in the U.S. from low-level district courts through appeal filings all the way to the United States Supreme Court. It will outline the history of the U.S. system and examine changes made in an increasingly technological society. Finally, the course will address current issues within the judicial system and suggest reforms and improvements.

CRJ 310 - Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure

This course examines the origins and sources of criminal law as it has developed in the U.S. Students will gain an overview of the historical foundation of rights accorded those involved in the criminal process as well as the limitations placed on government actors.

CRJ 311 - Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

This course will relate the foundations of ethical thought to everyday practice among criminal justice professionals.  Police, prosecutors, probation and parole officials, prison staff, attorneys and judges all have a tremendous amount of discretion as to how they perform their various duties (i.e., who to arrest, who to prosecute, who to release early, how harshly to punish, on whom to spend the most time defending, etc.) The course will examine the Biblical foundations of ethics and investigate case studies on which students can reflect as they prepare to engage in their own style of practice.

CRJ 222 - Juvenile Justice System and Administration

This course will give an in-depth description of the juvenile justice system as currently practiced in the U.S.  Students will compare and contrast the process and administration of the juvenile justice system with its adult counterpart in the larger criminal justice system.

CRJ 470 - Criminal Justice Internship I

This class (pass/fail) allows students to be placed in a local field placement within their chosen area of interest.  This allows them to get a closer, more “hands-on” view of their area of interest to determine whether or not they will continue to pursue this particular career option after graduation.

BST 400 - Cross-Cultural Experience

Each student is required to have a cross-cultural experience sometime during their studies at LBC. Students should confirm with their advisors as to whether one of the following available options will fulfill their major’s cross-cultural requirement. It should be noted that each of the programs below has its own enrollment procedures and policies, so see the Registrar for information before applying.

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