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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Campbellsville University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) is offered as a blended program (online and at our Louisville Education Center), providing long-distance students with a thorough understanding of crime and the criminal justice system.

Upon completing the degree, graduates will be prepared for a variety of criminal justice and legal career paths. The CJA is on an accelerated timeline, with classes meeting two nights per week for a four-hour session, Monday to Thursday. Furthermore, candidates for Campbellsville’s criminal justice administration studies may qualify for financial aid, with preference given to students transferring from Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). In addition, most classes from associate Criminal Justice and general education courses are eligible for transfer credit when enrolling in the CJA.

Upon graduating, Campbellsville’s criminal justice students may secure positions as a bailiff, law enforcement, corrections, court reporter, or other careers in the criminal justice system at the local, state and federal levels. Our bachelor’s program focuses on analytical skills, critical thought, professional ethics, and human values to prepare students for these demanding careers. The CJA curriculum will also brace learners for a career at a private, municipal, county, state, or federal agency, while preparing them for the rigorous research schedule of a graduate-level program.

The Criminal Justice Administration degree is comprised of 60 credit hours of required criminal justice courses, and a range of criminal justice business administration, sociology, and psychology electives. Requisite courses for the CJA include; Introduction to Criminal Justice, Civil Liberties, Court Processes and Procedures, Research Methods, Police Operations &* management, Victimology, Criminological Theory, Correctional Systems, and Criminology. Assuming that a student has entered the program without transfer credits, the CJA should take about four years to complete.

To be admitted into the Louisville program, applicants must contact Dr. Joey Budd (Instructor and Site Coordinator of Criminal Justice Administration) at 502-753-0264 or jrbudd@campbellsville.edu. Preference is given to candidates who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, but applicants with less than 60 hours of transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis.

Our Social Science school is composed of a phenomenal group of full-time and adjunct faculty, including Dr. Dale Wilson (Lead Professor), Dr. Allison Timbs, Dr. Joey Budd, Professor Larry Creason and Professor William Cassel. We invite you to learn more about our criminal justice administration studies — thank you for visiting Campbellsville University’s Louisville Education Center.

This program is also available in a 100% online format. Learn more about Campbellsville University’s online BS in Criminal Justice Administration.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Quickfacts

Length of Program -18-30 months – The is a degree completion program that assumes that a student is coming in with an Associates degree or comparable credit hours. A student coming in with no transfer hours can complete this degree in about four years.

Format – Blended (combination of on campus and online)

Program Definition – Campbellsville University, Division of Social Science, Criminal Justice Department, offers students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration at our Somerset Education Center. The program is designed for students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, but admission consideration may be given on an individual basis to those with less than 60 hours of college credit or an associates in another area.  The program is an accelerated program which meets two nights per week, four hours a night, Monday-Thursday in a convenient 8 week bi-term format.  Class sizes are limited to small, intimate groups and tuition rates are reduced for students transferring from Somerset Community College.  Most associates Criminal Justice courses and general education courses will transfer to CU for credit toward the B.S. Degree.

The criminal justice curriculum is designed to provide the student with a thorough understanding of crime and the criminal justice system.  Areas of study include law enforcement, the courts, corrections, criminology, juvenile delinquency, and victimology.  The criminal justice major and minor stress professional ethics, human values, critical thinking, and analytical skills that prepare students for careers in federal, state, county, municipal, and private Criminal Justice agencies; promotion to administrative levels in the field of Criminal Justice; and/or advanced study at the masters level.

Admission Requirements (for program only)

  1. Contact an admission counselor at the education center near you
  2. The program is designed for students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, but admission consideration may be given on an individual basis to those with less than 60 hours of college credit or an associates in another area.
  3. Submit a Campbellsville University APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION (available online or at any CU location)
  4. Submit official transcripts to your counselor (ensure official transcripts from each college attended are included).

Contact – Allen Copenhaver, Instructor and Site Coordinator of Criminal Justice Administration, 606-451-8474, cell- 606-416-6638, Email: racopenhaver@campbellsville.edu