Explore Ways of Protecting and Serving Others With a BS in Justice Studies
People working within the criminal and civil legal fields are charged with promoting the safety of the community and the rights of its residents. If you are passionate about finding a career that enables you to serve and protect others, consider a justice studies major. The Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies at Grand Canyon University offers a comprehensive look at all aspects of the law, and how the law affects communities and individuals.
This interdisciplinary degree program takes an in-depth look at the nature of justice and injustice. You may benefit from the faculty’s industry experience and the interactive contributions of your peers as you are taught to apply humanities and social science skills to legal matters. As a student, you will study timely topics in criminal law, criminal procedure, corrections and threat assessments, and examine approaches for making communities safer for families and individuals.
Justice Studies Course Topics
This justice studies major, offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, allows you to explore all areas of the justice system. Examine the function, organization, issues and practices of law enforcement agencies, court systems and the corrections system. BS in Justice Studies students explore constitutional law, statutory law and case law interpretation, as well as current issues such as strategic policing and cybercrime.
GCU is a private Christian university with the Christian worldview integrated directly into the curriculum. As a justice studies degree student, you will be taught theoretical knowledge and practical applications of ethical frameworks in decision-making. There is an emphasis on the ethical responsibilities of public servants. You will examine how to maximize the public good while appropriately using resources and making culturally sensitive decisions. Additionally, you will work through the following topic areas:
- The appropriate use of data and research in the administration of justice, including the application of criminological theories
- The objectives, strategies, perspectives and interagency relationships of correctional agencies, courts and police officers
- Analytical techniques for addressing matters of civil law
- Modern theories of criminology and victimology, including the motivators of criminal behaviors
Career Opportunities for BS in Justice Studies Degree Graduates
Graduating from this program can provide the basis for a career working within the criminal or civil law fields. Although no degree can guarantee any particular career outcome, some jobs that may be related to this degree include:
- Correctional officer
- Law enforcement officer
- Private detective or investigator
- Intelligence analyst
- Security officer
You may decide to further enhance your career qualifications by pursuing entry into law school or applying to a job training program for a local, state or federal law enforcement agency.
Earn Your Justice Studies Degree From an Institutionally Accredited University
Not all schools and degree programs offer the same quality of education, so it’s important to research your options carefully. At GCU, we’re proud to have institutional accreditation — a reflection of our dedication to the quality of our school. Our colleges strive to graduate students who are prepared to tackle modern challenges with confidence.
Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies Degree FAQs
It’s not always easy to choose a major in college, as the decision can have significant implications for your future. Take the time you need to research the justice studies field and degree program so that you can make an informed decision. Start by reviewing the following frequently asked questions and answers.
Pursue your dream of working to make communities safer by becoming a justice studies major at GCU. Apply today for enrollment online or on campus.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.