Bachelor of Science — Psychology, Criminal Justice Concentration

Defend and Protect with a Criminal Justice Degree Concentration

The B.S. in Psychology program provides students with the in-depth perspective of human behavior and psychological principles, synthesizing knowledge from the areas of family life studies, psychology and sociology with biblical studies and general education coursework, to provide a solid foundation for understanding human relations in our complex society. Additionally, this degree offers students the opportunity to explore, learn about, and apply knowledge and understanding to the area of Criminal Justice in preparation for careers within education, social, government, medical and criminal justice sectors. This program also prepares students for entry into advanced programs of study in the varying areas of psychology and criminal justice.

With a Criminal Justice degree from MACU, you can pursue some of the following career options:

  • CIA Agent
  • Computer Forensics Specialist
  • Correctional Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • U.S. Marshal 
  • U.S. Postal Inspector

What Will You Learn in Our Criminal Justice Degree Program?

The Criminal Justice and Ethics program is designed to provide current and prospective law enforcement professionals with a wide range of knowledge relevant to the issues they face in the communities they serve. The Criminal Justice and Ethics Degree offers training in soft skills, including: collaboration (community partnerships), problem solving (crisis intervention); conflict resolution (de-escalation techniques), and communication (communicating with the mentally ill). Criminal Justice instructors are practitioners who have or are currently working in the field, allowing for an emphasis on practical application for criminal justice professionals.

Why Choose MACU?

At MACU, we strongly believe in what we call the "MACU Difference." You will find that difference in our diverse degree programs and rigorous, accredited curriculum; in the classroom as you make personal connections with your professors and classmates; and in our very core as we uphold our strong Christian values in all aspects of campus life. Whether you attend MACU as a resident student or a commuter, you will feel right at home with a vibrant array of campus activities, including weekly chapel services, sporting events, clubs, small groups and more. 

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Code Course
CRJS3113 Criminology
Criminology is an introductory course in the study of criminal behavior, focusing on the various theories of crime causes. This course focuses on criminal behavior, intercultural aspects, societal reaction to crime, and criminological methods of inquiry.
CRJS3203 Effective Personal Management for Criminal Justice Professionals
A study to assist the criminal justice professional in managing self-perception, positive attitudes, and personal and career goals.
CRJS3413 Domestic Violence
Domestic violence between adults including spousal abuse and elder abuse are examined. Aspects include the psychological and sociological factors of violence, dominance, and control. The officer's communication in such a setting including intercultural aspects are stressed. The legal perspective includes discussion of proactive arrest policies, restraining orders, and anti-stalking legislation.
CRJS3503 Criminal Law I
Emphasizes the provisions of the Constitution which directly relate to the powers of both federal and state law enforcement officers and prosecutors, and limitations on these officers. Decisions and constitutional issues relevant to the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, and fourteenth amendments will be stressed.
CRJS3703 Criminal Procedures
Emphasizes the provisions of the Constitution which directly relate to the powers of both federal and state law enforcement officers and prosecutors and the limitations on these officers. Decisions and constitutional issues relevant to the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and fourteenth amendments will be stressed.
CRJS4513 Interview and Interrogation Techniques
This course is designed to familiarize students with basic communication concepts as well as basic concepts, processes, techniques, and legal aspects of interview and interrogation used in the field of criminal justice. The course will address the differences and similarities between interview and interrogation; different types, uses, and processes of interviews; various forms of verbal and nonverbal communication; and specialized types of interviews, such as probing, selection, counseling, and persuasive. Prerequisite: CRJS 3113 and COMM 1103.
CRJS4533 Anti-Terrorism and Homeland Security
This course examines emergency planning, risk analysis of communities, and creation of comprehensive plans. Threat assessment, staffing, agency coordination, and communication are addressed to create resilient and vigilant communities. Case studies are examined and discussed, including natural and manmade disasters, radicalism, and acts of terrorism. The course bridges the core strategies and philosophies of community policing and homeland security. Prerequisite: CRJS 3503.
PSYC3103 Psychology of Learning
Topics include basic learning theories, psychological principles applied to learning theories, psychological principles of behavioral, emotional, belief change and applications to psychology, instruction and educational practice. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered every fall semester.
PSYC3113 History and Systems of Psychology
A survey of psychological thought from early philosophical roots to modern concepts of psychology as a science. Topics include the philosophy of mind, key psychological ideas that changed the world with an emphasis placed on developments since the first psychological laboratory in 1879.
PSYC3303 Development Across the Life Span
This course is a study of human development and the nature of those social structures which impact it, especially the development of personality, attitudes, habits, intelligence, and Christian ideals. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC3703 Introduction to Statistics
The course is a complete introduction to basic statistics as a method of analysis. Statistics is a powerful tool that is used in the business world and in the behavioral science area extensively. This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of statistical terms and formulas. The student will use Microsoft Excel as the medium technology throughout the course. Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program is required for this course. Prerequisite: MATH 1513. Offered every semester.
PSYC3803 Introduction to Research Methods
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the various methods of doing research in the behavioral sciences. Surveys, longitudinal, cross-sectional, naturalistic observations and experimental designs will be studied. Each student will complete a research project using knowledge gained from this class and the statistics class, which precedes it. Students will have the opportunity to present and display these projects at the University’s Public Annual Research Day Research Poster Presentation. Prerequisites: PSYC 1103, and PSYC/BUAD/MATH 3703 or PSYC 3713. Offered every spring semester.
PSYC3813 Cognitive Psychology
The exploration of the theory and application of how people accomplish complex cognitive tasks. Emphasis is on research based on human information processing theories which includes pattern recognition, attention, memory organization, language comprehension, problem solving, and decision making are among topics that are presented. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC3903 Stress Management
This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic principles of stress management and their application to personal and occupational stress situations. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC4213 Physiological Psychology and Neuroscience
Survey of neuroanatomy and brain structures, neural activity, genetics, the neurochemical and biochemical basis related to emotions, behavior, mental disorders, and human development. Prerequisite: PSYC 3303.
PSYC4313 Multicultural Psychology
The course will explore ethnic and socio-cultural diversity from a psychological perspective. The study will focus on how diversity affects interpersonal and institutional processes along with its impact on psychological functioning and the utilization of psychological knowledge. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC4703 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
This course will provide students a general introduction to the study of abnormality and the disordered experiences making up such abnormality. The major diagnostic categories, clinical treatment approaches, and problems of studying abnormal living will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered every fall semester.
PSYC4803 Personality Development
This course provides a general introduction to the classical theories of personality in American psychology and introduces the student to the objectives and challenges of a scientific study of personal life. Emphasis will be given to a critical evaluation of personality theories in light of current knowledge and biblical perspectives. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered every spring semester.
PSYC4813 Professional Ethics and Conduct
This course addresses the legal requirements and behavioral expectations for behavioral science professional. It is designed to equip students entering the field with necessary information with which to function in a professional manner as behavioral science practitioners. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered spring semesters: even numbered years.
PSYC4904 Internship: Field Experience
This course is designed to be the capstone experience for the behavioral science major. Students will work in a clinical setting under the supervision of a qualified on-site clinical supervisor. Weekly participation in internship group with other student-interns and a behavioral science faculty member is an integral part of this course. Prerequisites: Thirty (30) hours in behavioral science and Senior standing. Offered every semester.

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