Grand Canyon University

BS in Justice Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies program at Grand Canyon University is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, social work, political science, and an array of other fields. Learn more about Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Program Prerequisites:

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies program is designed for students who are interested in the justice and law enforcement fields.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies program have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the United States justice system and the interrelationships between law enforcement, the courts, and correctional institutions. Students may also study theories on the psychological and social causes of crime, theories of punishment, and justice policies. The program is designed to prepare students to enter law enforcement and justice related fields and allows students to examine criminal procedure and the due process, juvenile crime and the criminal culpability of youth, the subculture of the police, the court systems, and correctional institutions, and ethics in the criminal justice system.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length

120 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid, including loan, grants, and scholarships, is available to qualifying students. Students can find out about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities from a Grand Canyon University Enrollment Counselor.

Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Justice Studies

  • PHI 305: Ethical Thinking in the Liberal Arts (4 credits)
  • JUS 104: Introduction to Justice Studies (4 credits)
  • JUS 110: Crime and Criminology (4 credits)
  • JUS 250: Critical Issues in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • JUS 320: The Police Function (4 credits)
  • JUS 325: The Adjudication Function (4 credits)
  • JUS 330: The Correctional Function (4 credits)
  • JUS 430: Criminal Law (4 credits)
  • JUS 435: Criminal Procedure (4 credits)
  • JUS 452: Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (4 credits)
  • JUS 460: Ethics in the Criminal Justice System (4 credits)
  • JUS 442: Terrorism's Impact on Emergency Management (4 credits)

General Education

  • University Foundations (4 credits)
  • Effective Communication (9-12 credits)
    • Includes at least 3 credits in English grammar or composition
  • Christian Worldview (4 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (11-12 credits)
    • Includes at least 3 credits in college-level mathematics
  • Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics (6-8 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies program could choose to continue their education and pursue a master's degree. A master's degree in the criminal justice, law enforcement, or legal studies field could allow students to pursue additional career choices or advance in their current position.

Master's degrees that graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Justice Studies

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies program at Grand Canyon University is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level career opportunities. Graduates may pursue entry-level work in law enforcement, government agencies, security, and related fields.

Possible positions graduates may pursue include:

  • Corrections officer
  • Police officer
  • Security guard
  • Evidence clerk
  • Border patrol

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