Criminal JusticeBachelor of Arts

A solid foundation in criminal justice.

The criminal justice system is diverse in nature. Recognizing this, the Friends University criminal justice degree program gives students a solid educational foundation across a broad spectrum of criminal justice topics and issues.

Start your future in criminal justice.

Program Highlights

Earn your degree in criminal justice

Our bachelor’s degree program in Criminal Justice provides students with a solid educational foundation to navigate and lead in the diverse nature of the criminal justice system.

Two concentrations

Two optional concentrations in the Criminal Justice bachelor degree program include Legal and Behavioral.

4+1 Program

Get your MBA in just five years with our 4+1 MBA degree program.

Experienced Faculty

Experienced and caring faculty with real-world business expertise


Focus Areas

Our criminal justice degree program allows optional concentrations in specific program areas.

  • LegalBe well equipped and armed using the judicial procedures you learn with the legal concentration in criminal justice.
  • BehavioralGet inside the mind of the criminal justice system with a behavioral concentration in criminal justice.

Specific concentration is given to legal and behavioral skills, as well as to social concerns intrinsic to the areas of law enforcement and correctional systems. The main areas of instruction include:

  • Contemporary issues in criminal law
  • Management and leadership in the field of criminal justice
  • Community relations
  • Spanish for the criminal justice professional
  • The science of criminal investigation and forensics
  • Exploration of the budget and planning process

The bachelor of arts in criminal justice is a 37-hour degree program. The coursework and a research project are required from all students who participate. The research project is an applied action project that is directly applied to an organization, usually the student’s work site, providing special relevance for students interested in criminal justice in Kansas.

Friends 4 + 1 MBA degree program

As a criminal justice major, you now have the option of applying for Friends 4 + 1 MBA degree program. This program enables you to earn your bachelor’s degree and your MBA in just five years! Start by taking 12 credit hours toward your MBA degree during your senior year while completing your bachelor’s degree. These 12 hours will also be included as elective courses toward your bachelor’s degree. It’s sort of like taking one course and counting it twice! Then apply for our MBA program through a graduate school application. Upon acceptance by the MBA program director, you would be able to complete the remaining 18 credit hours of the MBA degree in year five.

If you’re interested in learning more about Friends 4 + 1 MBA degree program, please contact Preston Todd, Assistant Dean of the College of Business Arts, Sciences and Education at or 316-295-5623.

Program Outcomes

  • Gain factual knowledge in the field of criminal justice.
  • Learn principles and theories used in the field of criminal justice.
  • Learn to apply knowledge from the field of criminal justice to improve thinking, problem solving and decisions.

Featured Faculty

Tor Wynn

Dr. Tor Wynn

  • Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • B.A., Oakland University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

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