Criminal Justice

Prepare for a career in criminal justice with an emphasis on restorative justice.

Classes start January 2022 for this new Online, 4-year, fully accredited program. Up to 60 transfer credits are accepted. Click the APPLY button above to start your application.

What will I learn with a degree in Criminal Justice?

A Barclay College degree in Criminal Justice will provide you with broad exposure to the core foundations of the criminal justice system. You will examine the main branches of the criminal justice system, and you will explore its Constitutional framework and ethical standards.  You will research current issues like equality, racial profiling, and social justice through the lens of the criminal justice system and form your own opinion.   You will learn about the Space Force, terrorism, Homeland Security, and cyber-crime technology.  And, you will gain the practical know-how sought after by the largest employer in the nation, leading to a lifetime of vocational success!

What will a faith-based college offer me that is unique for the study of Criminal Justice?

The criminal justice system provides an exciting opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and transform communities. It is an open door  you can use to bring the Kingdom of God into the lives of damaged people and broken communities.  Serving as a police officer, or in the courts, or in the correctional system is a great way to add value and wholeness in the world, to fulfill God’s call on your life, and challenge you in every way to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Quakers have a 400-year history of activity in this area that connects to modern-day justice work. Their contributions, as well as a biblical foundation, provide the basis for our emphasis on restorative justice, where people are reconciled and communities are transformed.

Why should I come to Barclay for a degree in Criminal Justice?

Flexible Learning Options
The Barclay College Criminal Justice degree can be completed fully online, so you can fit it to your schedule and stay in your current job while you prepare to move forward in a fulfilling criminal justice career.

Fully Accredited
Barclay College has dual accreditation: the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Barclay’s dual accreditation ensures academic excellence and qualifies Criminal Justice graduates for ministry-based service or employment in the public sector.

Barclay College will help you discover financial solutions to fund your Criminal Justice degree. As a student, you could be eligible for Barclay’s online scholarship, Federal Pell Grants, and/or loans.

What is the career/job outlook?

The Criminal Justice degree will help arm you with essential tools for success that will place you head and shoulders above the competition, both before you land your career as well as once you’re on the job. Just look at the benefits:

Competitive Advantage
Some entry-level criminal justice careers only require a high school diploma or some college credits, but many organizations, including federal agencies, typically require a concentration of college credits. (For example, FBI and DEA special agent applicants are often college graduates.) Even if not required, a degree from Barclay College can help you stand out to employers and increase your opportunities to advance to supervisory or administrative roles.

Well-Paying Positions
Completing a degree in Criminal Justice from Barclay College can secure a variety of well-paying positions, such as correctional treatment specialists, emergency management directors, and police officers. The median annual wages, according to the  Bureau of Labor Statistics (, for these careers are:

Steady Job Outlook
There is always a demand for competent and academically qualified professionals to protect our country and its citizens because there are always risks to the public’s safety. A degree from Barclay College will position you for today’s high paying jobs in criminal justice. The BLS estimates that employment of correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029.

Job openings in this area should be plentiful and reflect the ever-growing need for law enforcement personnel. Employment of police officers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, and the continued desire for increased public safety is expected to lead to new openings.

Employment of emergency management directors is projected to also grow by 5 percent from 2019 to 2029.

The growing frontier of cybersecurity anticipates a 20 percent growth in demand for criminal justice specialists trained in profiling, finding, and stopping online criminals. Likewise, it projects an 8 percent employment growth among private detectives and investigators. What’s more, given the steadily growing need for public safety services, coupled with the number of baby boomers reaching retirement, law enforcement agencies will continue to hire qualified criminal justice professionals. Barclay College can prepare you for your vocational interest and qualify you for your dream job in criminal justice.

Nationwide Opportunities
Though every state needs experienced criminal justice professionals, you may earn a higher salary and have more job opportunities in certain states and cities. Across the board, California has the highest employment level for correctional treatment specialists, emergency management directors, and police officers. Correctional treatment specialists can earn $81,720 a year in California, while police officers can earn $95,820 a year. Emergency management directors can make $115,960 a year in the state, but they may fare best in Washington, D.C., where the annual mean wage for this occupation is $126,400. While these figures represent a small subset of criminal justice careers, salaries can vary depending on education, experience, and geographic location.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice

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OBC101 Orientation


General Studies

27 hrs

OEN101 College Writing


OEN202 Research & Writing


OSP202 Fundamentals of Speech


Humanities Elective


Math Elective


Science Elective


Social Science Elective


Biblical & Theological Studies

30 hrs

OTH302 Doctrine of Holiness


OTH308 Teachings of Friends


Biblical Studies Elective


Theological Studies Elective


Professional Studies

39 hrs

OCJ201 (OCJ211) The Criminal Justice System


OCJ212 Introduction to Law Enforcement


OCJ322 Courts and Procedure


OCJ323 Victimology


OCJ325 Terrorism and Homeland Security


OCJ332 Technology and Cyber Crime


OCJ222 Christian Foundations of Law and Ethics


OCJ233 Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure


OCJ223 Corrections


OCJ234 Current Approaches to Restorative Justice


OCJ235 Criminal Investigation & Research


OCJ237 Cultural Awareness in Criminal Justice


OCJ499 Criminal Justice Capstone


Electives and Non-Elective Courses

32 hrs

Career Outlook

* According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)


Growth for jobs related to criminal justice

The criminal justice system is the largest employer in the nation!

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The curriculum at Barclay helped me build a foundation of what it means to have a correct relationship with God and with people. This foundation was then built upon by the interactions with both professors and my fellow students. I use aspects of my education through Barclay everyday as I work for His Kingdom.”

Eric Surface

2021 Candidate, B.A. Biblical Studies
Senior Pastor, First Christian Church, Canon City, CO

Have questions about our Criminal Justice degree?

Adrian Halverstadt

Chair of Criminal Justice

Ph.D. Trinity Theological Seminary – University of Liverpool
M.A. Huntington University & G.C. American Public University
B.S. Fort Wayne Bible College

Dr. Halverstadt has worked with law enforcement, serving as a chaplain, counselor, and life skills coordinator; the court system, assisting in inmate reintegration, rehabilitation, and restorative justice resources; and corrections as a prison chaplain, inmate educator, and life skills coordinator.