Criminal Justice

You were made for more.

Working in criminal justice is more than a career. It’s a calling. Those employed in law enforcement take on the vital job of serving others and keeping their communities safe.

Whether you want to follow in your hero’s footsteps or grow your career in law enforcement, SNU can help set you on the right path. Earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at SNU* by attending class only one night a week on a schedule designed for working adults. Classes are taught by experts in the field, and you’ll learn about the societal implications of law enforcement, writing, evidence, investigations, and more.

Enjoy the benefit of attending a university that respects your life experience, and earn credit for what you already know. Email, call 888-SNU-GRAD, or complete our five-minute application to get started today.

*The Criminal Justice degree program is currently offered in Tulsa and Online.

CJ-3003 Philosophies and Foundations of Law Enforcement
Participants will explore their personal life philosophies in relation to public service and law enforcement. In addition, foundational and historical concepts of law enforcement will be learned and compared with contemporary concepts. Historical and developing trends in a global context will be discussed and contrasted by learners in this course.

PSY-3413 Personal and Professional Development
This course examines adult life experiences as a foundation for experiential learning. By reflecting on the concepts of adult development theories and an individual’s personal life experiences, the course will explore how those factors influence and help individuals to interpret life situations and circumstances in terms of relationships, personal decision-making and future applications. The purpose of this module is to give learners the opportunity to learn how to critically evaluate life-learning experiences. The evaluation of life learning experiences through critical reflection is foundational to the process of adult learning. As adult learners understand their life experiences objectively, they will be able to gain clarity about their past and be able to know how to apply their learning to present and future learning experiences.

CJ-3113 Mental Health & Societal Implications of Law Enforcement
This course examines the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system. Learners will explore the prevalence of mental health issues and the interactions with criminal justice practice. They will also examine the role of law enforcement professionals within American society, emphasizing history, public perceptions, administration, organizational culture, and ethics. This course includes exploration of on-the-job experiences that can affect the mental health of criminal justice personnel, victims, victim families, and perpetrators of crime. Included also is a survey of stress management techniques as well as consideration of the effects of trauma and compassion fatigue. Work on the Comprehensive Paper will begin in this course and continue through to program conclusion.

CJ-3123 Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Justice
This course examines how cultural and individual human differences intersect with the criminal justice system. The course will explore the interaction of the criminal justice system with issues of race, gender, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, physical and mental disabilities, culture, religion, and other human differences. The focus will be on diversity, inclusion, equity and justice, and how human differences and diverse intersections of identities impact all people within the criminal justice system, including victims, offenders, and service providers and how the criminal justice system responds to and/or should respond to human differences, with an emphasis on providing cultural responsiveness and restorative hope and equity for social justice within the criminal justice systems and structures.

REL-3413 Biblical Perspectives in Western Culture
This course reflects the mission statement and the goals of Southern Nazarene University. It is committed to fostering increased awareness of the Bible which is foundational to understanding Western culture and history. The three major western faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – are rooted within the Holy Scriptures. The course content and format are not designated to intimidate, indoctrinate, or to evangelize. The course is designed to set the Bible in its historical and literary context. The Biblical heritage will then provide you with rich resources to creatively understand your faith in the contemporary world.

CJ-4113 Investigations, Interrogations, and Interview
Discovery and application of key skills and best practices for investigations, interrogations, and interviews is at the core of this course. Learners will experience foundational best practices for managing, accepting, initiating and closing cases. The learner will be able to identify key case management and investigative definitions, terminology, and best practices as it pertains to ethically interviewing, interrogating, and listening for key data to support cases; and ensuring an accurate and thorough investigative process for criminal and/or civil charges. The learner will also learn the best practice in management and leverage of resources to aid in the identification and security of witnesses and other parties to the investigation process. Learners will explore constitutional and pertinent legal guides when handling and investigating cases. The methodology and strategy used to facilitate this course will become by way of professional dialogue, content experts speakers, lectures, and labs to participants who wish to pursue a career (or desire to have a working knowledge) in forensic science, and to provide criminal justice majors with an education that applies forensic science to the criminal investigation.

CJ-4123 Forensic Evidence and Crime Scene Processing
Discovery and application of key forensics and evidence collection and security concepts are at the core of this course. Learners will experience best practices in evidence detection, collection, preservation, documentation, recording, and integrity along with holistic crime scene processing techniques. The learner will be able to identify key forensic definitions, terminology, and best practices as it pertains to securing any supporting evidence of an investigation; and ensuring an accurate and thorough forensic process for criminal and/or civil charges. The learner will also learn the best practices in management and leverage of resources to aid in the security of evidence at a crime scene and throughout the investigative process. Learners will explore constitutional and pertinent legal guides when handling and investigating cases. The methodology and strategy used to facilitate this course will come by way of professional dialogue, content expert speakers, lectures, and field experience to participants who wish to purse a career (or desire to have working knowledge) in forensic science, and to provide criminal justice majors with an education that applies forensic science to the criminal investigation.

SOC-3383 Crime Mapping and Analysis
This course introduces Criminal Justice and law enforcement professionals to the availability and potential uses of technology to access geographic, demographic, and other investigative information. Cybercrime, aerial image interpretation, predictive analytics, and other crime analysis topics, will be examined through a variety of methods using various intelligence-gathering and data preservation tools. Learners will have the opportunity to experience technological tools and collect and analyze the evidence obtained.

CJ-3133 Technical and Report Writing
Writing clear, concise reports is one hallmark of any justice professional’s job. This course equips learners with the necessary skills to compose comprehensive reports that withstand review, court testimony, auditing, and supervisory scrutiny. Writing using inclusive language, justice terminology, and a variety of professional communications will be examined and implemented. Learners will practice concepts learned in a variety of simulated situations.

CJ-4223 Criminal Law and United States Court System
An important component of law enforcement professional development is knowledge of the complex tenets of criminal law and the court system in this country. This course will delve into the historical and contextual aspects of criminal law, criminal procedures, and contemporary statutory codes. Learners will not only acquire knowledge, but will apply concepts in many areas such as legal procedures, judicial policymaking, legal expressions, due process, and court testimony. Roles of law enforcement, district attorneys, attorneys, court system operations, and other aspects of the criminal justice process will be.

CJ-4333 Leadership and Professional Opportunities in Law Enforcement
Individual leadership styles, organizational communications and behaviors, restorative justice, servant leadership, and ethical leadership in global perspectives are basic tenets of this course and learners will be able to explain and apply tenet components. Learners will also be able to describe best practices, professional growth, and career development constructs and choose appropriate situations in which to exercise.

GS-4423 Capstone: Personal and Professional Ethics and Values
This course encourages learners to reflect on learning, relationships, personal and professional growth, and goals. Human beings are not merely professional, biological, or psychological machines. What makes us human and distinguishes us from other creatures are our moral and spiritual qualities. This module focuses on character, personal transitions, and accomplishments. It focuses on reflection regarding personal values, commitments, and an insight into the meaning of life. As the Capstone course for the Criminal Justice degree, learners will present highlights of their Comprehensive Paper to colleagues, professor, and a panel of law enforcement professionals.

How to Apply

Step 1 Apply Online
Step 2 Send Transcripts

An official transcript is required from each College/University where credits were earned and used toward one’s undergraduate degree, directly or by way of credit transfer.

Once you have submitted an application, you will be personally contacted by an admissions representative within 48 hours. We will answer any questions at that time and get you started on your enrollment track. Space is limited, groups fill rapidly, so prompt enrollment is always encouraged.

Official transcripts must have the seal of granting university, and be sealed in an unopened official university envelope. E-Transcripts may also be sent electronically by the previous institution to

For Bethany, Online, and Tulsa courses, send official transcripts to:
SNU School of Professional Studies
6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008

Credit Hours

In order to be accepted into one of the degree completion programs, learners need a minimum of 48 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited institution. If you do not have the required 48 credit hours you are eligible to take general education courses.

A total of 88 credit hours can be transferred from regionally accredited institutions. A maximum of 62 hours can be accepted from two-year institutions. Zero (remedial) level courses are not transferable.

Below are the scheduled start dates for the Criminal Justice program for the Tulsa location.  New dates will be added as they are scheduled.

March 24th, 2020 – Tulsa
March 30th,  2020- Online

Program Costs

Program Length: 36 Credit Hours

Tuition: $475/credit hour

Students will automatically opt into textbook rentals through the Tree of Life bookstore. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*Effective July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Fewer than 48 Hours?

Accelerated General Education Courses

Tuition: $299/credit hour

NOTE: Tuition and any program fees are due at the Organizational Meeting. This includes the first installment, if you are on a payment plan.

Southern Nazarene offers many resources to our Professional and Graduate students throughout the duration of the program.

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