Arm Yourself with a BS in Criminal Justice from MACU

A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University gives you a strong foundation in the ever-changing field of criminal justice. The program addresses contemporary issues critical to the profession and focuses on the administrative, supervisory, and field-specific skills required for success in the criminal justice arena. Courses are taught by criminal justice and security leaders, including former and present police chiefs, officers and detectives. Content is regularly updated to keep up with the latest trends, technology and tactics relevant to the criminal justice field.

Why pursue a Criminal Justice degree from MACU? 

  • Rather than focus on academic theory, MACU's Criminal Justice program focuses on applicable, real-world knowledge
  • Learn from seasoned criminal justice professionals, including police chiefs, officers and detectives 
  • Utilize MACU’s Student Services team for tutoring, mentorship, homework help and more  
  • Take your classes one at a time, evenings on campus or 100% online
  • Earn credits for what you already know using our life experience program 

Major Course Topics


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.

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

Human Trafficking

Critically examines the global problem of human trafficking. Using a historical and comparative framework, this course reveals variation in human trafficking patterns in different regions of the world and efforts to combat human trafficking by means of prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership.

Cultural Diversity in Law Enforcement

This course is an examination of current issues and social problems relating to the administration of justice in a culturally diverse society. Special focus of the course will be on the changing ethnicity of communities and related changes in social and institutional public policy. Also discussed is a cross cultural communication, implementing cultural awareness training, multicultural representation in law enforcement, and criminal justice interaction with various racial and ethnic groups.

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Our accelerated courses can be completed in as little as five weeks, allowing you to finish your degree quickly. In addition, we also offer up to 30 hours of course credit for your prior work, military or other life experiences through our life experience program.


With classes available 100% online or one night a week in the evenings, there is always time to fit school into your busy schedule. Our classes utilize a state-of-the art learning management system to help simplify and centralize your education.


MACU tuition costs 20% less than private universities nationwide. We are dedicated to making a great Christian education accessible, so we offer convenient payment plans and other opportunities for financial assistance. 

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