The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice is a program designed to provide the student the foundation for talents necessary to succeed in the criminal justice profession and in society. The criminal justice curriculum is designed to prepare the student for entering advanced study or a career in criminal justice. The curriculum provides the student with the opportunity to acquire knowledge regarding the roles of law enforcement, prosecution, defense, courts, laws, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile justice systems, and other governmental agencies as they relate to social order. The student seeking this degree should be aware that some careers in criminal justice may require a criminal background check. In addition, some criminal justice agencies have specific physical and/or visual requirements in order to qualify for employment. The student should check with the specific agency in which he/she is interested for any applicable requirements.
All core courses (excluding CJ 261 ) in the criminal justice major must be taken in residence at Harding. Thus, criminal justice courses (except CJ 261 ) will not be accepted as transfer to meet core requirements in the major. However, transfer courses in criminal justice may be used to meet other course requirements for graduation.