Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is both an idea and a process, which seeks to define and apply our belief of what is morally and socially acceptable.  In this program, students gain knowledge in numerous areas that make up the American criminal justice system.  This program is designed for working adults and features instruction in the following areas:

  • Deviant behavior
  • The judicial system
  • The dynamics of law enforcement

Advance your knowledge or begin a new career in Criminal Justice

If you are already involved in a law enforcement career, you can apply your academy training toward a number of program requirements.


Program Mission and Outcomes

The mission of the Non-Traditional Education programs is to engage the Warner online community with a Christ-centered worldview and to prepare students/graduates for effective leadership and service, which supports the institutional mission of guiding individuals toward Christ-like character and intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve. 

Students majoring in Criminal Justice will meet the following outcomes, which coordinate with Warner University’s mission to provide academic excellence and a Christian learning environment.

  1. Students will demonstrate academic competence in at least one functional area.
  2. Graduates of the Criminal Justice program will be able to compete favorably with peers for employment and/or continued education.
  3. Students will evaluate ethical and social settings from a Christian perspective.


Program Highlights

  • All online courses
  • Professors with real-world experience
  • Outstanding faculty, diversity, and small student-to-professor ratio
  • Financial assistance and scholarships


Admission Requirements


Freshman Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet at least two of the three criteria to be admitted.

  1. Graduation from high school with academic rank in the upper half of their graduating class
  2. A high school grade point average of 2.25 or higher
  3. A composite score on the ACT of 18 or combined SAT I score of 940


Transfer Student Admission Requirements 

(24 or more hours.  Those with fewer than 24 hours are subject to Freshman Admission Requirements)

Must be in good academic and have at least a GPA of 2.0 or higher


Admission Process

  • Complete an  Application.
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university you have attended, if applicable, or supply a high school or GED transcript if there are no transferable college or university credits.
  • Applicants not meeting admissions requirements may appeal to the Admitting and Registration Committee


The Required Criminal Justice Courses (39 credit hours) in addition to the General Education requirements are:

CRJ 2000Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 3000Corrections and Penology3
CRJ 3010Criminal and Delinquent Behavior3
CRJ 3020Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice3
CRJ 3030Introduction to Forensics3
CRJ 3040Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime3
CRJ 4000Criminal Investigations3
CRJ 4010Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice3
CRJ 4045Special Topics in Criminal Justice3
CRJ 4085Experiential Semester12

Twelve Credit Hours from (Recommended courses)

BUS 3022Management of Information: Security and Practices3
COM 3063Communication Elements and Theories3
COM 3110Nonverbal Communication3
COM 3034Public Relations3

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About Warner University

Warner University is a distinctly Christian university that strives to make a Christian liberal arts education accesible to all. We are committed to guiding individuals toward Christ-like character and intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve. We are located in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida, which is nearly the exact center of the Florida peninsula. We are just a short drive away from rapidly growing cities such as Lakeland and Winter Haven. At Warner we offer a variety of in-person and online degree plans. Choose Warner and answer God’s call, receiving an education that helps you pursue your dreams and grow closer to Christ.