A Broad, Liberal Education
Our program studies the administration of justice and the resolution of conflict within society. With courses that focus on the three major aspects of the criminal justice system – police, courts, and corrections – we prepare students for graduate studies or careers in related fields.
We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree, a criminal justice minor, and criminalistics minor. Rather than training individuals for a particular occupation through instruction in specific vocational skills, our program offers a broad, liberal education focused on the cultivation of analytical and creative thought and on the ability to read, write and speak effectively.
For additional information, see below or refer to the catalog of your entry year.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
A major in Criminal Justice will provide a conceptual understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, theories of crime and punishment, criminal law, and social science research methods through its core courses.
For those interested in a major in criminal justice, take a look at our current catalog for a detailed list of course requirements.
Transfer Agreement Between NKU and Gateway
Students must earn at least a C- in all CRJ courses taken at KCTCS to count toward the criminal justice degree at NKU. To declare a major in criminal justice, students must have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 in prior college coursework.
Read complete details on the transfer agreement (pdf).
Minor in Criminalistics
The minor in Criminalistics is recommended for students majoring in either biology or chemistry with a forensic track.
Students minoring in this criminalistics program must earn at least a grade of C in each course counted as part of the minor.
Minor in Criminal Justice
For those interested in a minor in Criminal Justice, refer to the catalog for a detailed list of course requirements.
Minor in Political Science
Interested in a minor in Political Science? Check out the catalog for a detailed list of course requirements.
NKU 3+ 3 Accelerated Law Program
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Criminal Justice, B.A.
Special Admission Requirements
To declare a major in political science, criminal justice, or international studies, students – including transfer students – must have earned a GPA of at least 2.50 in all prior college work. First semester students who wish to declare a major in one of the above programs must have an ACT composite score of at least 21 or an SAT score of at least 990.