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Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program at OBU empowers you to make a lasting impact in the realm of justice and social change. Our comprehensive curriculum, esteemed faculty, and emphasis on practical experience, will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of rewarding careers in the legal field, law enforcement and criminology.

Benefits of OBU Criminal Justice Program

Experienced Leadership

Led by a professor with nearly 30 years of experience in the field, including senior executive positions in various jurisdictions across the country, our faculty bring real-world expertise into the classroom. One of the distinguishing features of the OBU criminal justice program is the emphasis we place on leadership development.

Broadened Opportunities

We’re committed to equipping you with the skills necessary to assume positions of influence and make a difference in the world. Whether you aspire to work in law enforcement, legislative positions, or policy development, our criminal justice program provides an excellent foundation for your future career.

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

OBU provides a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship to every incoming first-time freshman and $8,000 to every incoming transfer student. And you could qualify for even more financial aid! Many of our students also receive money through federal Pell grants and OBU Bison Grants.

To get an estimate of what your cost to attend OBU might be, please check out our Net Price Calculator. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is. Especially considering the incredible academic quality, personal mentor relationships with faculty and staff, and strong Christian commitment you will experience at OBU. You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else!

Program Information

Growth through Internships

Our commitment to experiential learning ensures that you will have ample opportunities to apply your knowledge in real-world settings well beyond Bison Hill. Through practicum and internship placements, you can engage with law enforcement agencies, corrections institutions, law offices, and non-profit organizations every semester. These hands-on experiences not only deepen your understanding of the field but also foster professional growth and networking opportunities.

Faith Integration

At OBU, we embrace the Christian values that guide our institution. As a criminal justice student, you will explore the ethical dimensions of justice and develop a holistic perspective that intertwines your faith with your profession. We believe that integrating faith with your career aspirations will enhance your ability to serve others and make a positive impact on society.

Challenged and Prepared

As a criminal justice student, you will explore the ethical dimensions of justice and develop a holistic perspective that intertwines your faith with your profession. The criminal justice faculty at OBU will prioritize your mentorship and support you through the growth and challenges of daily life, academics, and the ethics of our discipline. You will be equipped to leave OBU completely prepared for whatever you choose to do next in the criminal justice field.

Job Opportunities and Outcomes

A degree in criminal justice from OBU opens doors to a wide range of career paths and serves as an excellent foundation for further academic pursuits. The need for professionals with knowledge, compassion and a commitment to faith, are ever-growing in this field. OBU graduates find fulfilling roles in advocacy groups; criminology; local, state and federal law enforcement; legislative positions; policy development; counseling; corrections agencies and social work, among others. The possibilities are vast, and our program equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your chosen field.


Program Options

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Dr. Bret Roark

Dr. Bret Roark

Chair, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Ralph and Marie Barby Professor of Psychology
Professor of Psychology

Dr. Paul Donnelly

Dr. Paul Donnelly

Professor of Criminal Justice
Director of Criminal Justice Program