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Criminal Justice

Hawai'i Pacific University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Program description

Criminal Justice

The criminal justice program is structured to make students think critically about the causes and consequences of crime and deviance; research and discuss the evolving issues in the field of criminal justice; and evaluate the potential of empirical research to help guide policy development. Students are introduced to both established and contemporary theory, to research skills, and to the skill sets that are required to work in the field. We value the importance to properly prepare students to join the ranks of professionals working for the criminal justice system or in the social services. With a degree in criminal justice it allows the student to be part of a learning environment that allows the individual hone and perfect invaluable skills required in all criminal justice fields. Course topics and course work exposes the different aspects of the criminal justice system, be it police, courts, or corrections. We also help to prepare those who plan to obtain advanced degrees to gain admission to prominent social science and professional graduate and legal programs.

Why a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice?

  • The BSCJ prepares student for a number of jobs including municipal, state and federal law enforcement.
  • The coursework helps student apply legal and management theories to a broad range of criminal justice applications and synthesize concepts from law and behavioral sciences to contemporary situations
  • Students are able to use knowledge to evaluate and analyze the causes, consequence and response to crime and how to be effective when applying practical solutions to contemporary issues throughout the criminal justice system.
  • Students are given the experience of innovative coursework while gaining the respect and understanding necessary to succeed in public life.

Admission requirements

  • Online Application
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

  • American Political System (The American Experience)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Critical Thinking and Expression)
  • Violence in American Society
  • Cybersecurity
  • Basic Criminology
  • Justice Systems
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems and Policy
  • Ethics and Justice
  • Justice Management
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Corrections: Processes and Programs
  • Criminal Law
  • Crime Scene Investigation: Theories and Practices
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • Law Enforcement: Contemporary Issues
  • Crime Victims and Justice
  • Drug Abuse and Justice
  • Juvenile Deviancy and Justice
  • Women, Minorities, and Justice
  • Special Topics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Seminar in Criminal Justice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


Students who major in Criminal Justice will:

  1. Critically analyze the criminal justice system and its aims and objectives.
  2. Apply their knowledge to evaluate and analyze the causes, consequences and responses to crime and its interrelatedness to a broad range of criminal justice applications.
  3. Define the operation and purposes of the major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.
  4. Demonstrate effective problem-solving skills through creating practical solutions to contemporary issues identified through the study of the processes of national and global criminal justice systems.
  5. Develop oral and written skills that effectively articulate analysis of criminal justice research and apply solutions to a wide range of contemporary criminal justice issues.

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From: Texas | Major: Criminal Justice

About this institute


Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. HPU is home to over 5,500 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world. Our campuses are unique, with the excitement...

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Why study at Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. We are home to over 5,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world. Our campuses are exquisitely unique. HPU combines the excitement of an urban campus located in downtown Honolulu with the serenity of a campus set in the green foothills of the Ko‘olau mountains and an Oceanic Institute bordering the Pacific Ocean. All three are less than a 30 minute drive from the infamous Waikiki.

Our curriculum, which builds on our diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives, emphasizes on rigorous intellectual engagement and social responsibility. The hands-on learning approach in combination with small class sizes and an inspiring teaching faculty ensure that students get the most of their studies.

All that combined is what makes HPU a one-of-a-kind destination.

Contact info

Hawai'i Pacific University

1 Aloha Tower Drive
96813 Honolulu Hawaii
United States of America

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