Whether you are looking to go on to graduate work or immediately to the workplace, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice is designed to develop professional knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system from a biblical vantage-point.
The Criminal Justice major is designed to develop an educational base and skills for the criminal justice system. This program strongly encourages students to pursue firsthand experiences with either local, county, state or federal agencies. The purpose of the Criminal Justice major is to familiarize you with the content and concepts of the criminal justice system and to prepare you for graduate school or work in the criminal justice field. You will take courses in various areas of criminal justice, including juvenile delinquency, police work, victimology and criminal law.
We emphasize the practical side of criminal justice along with the content needed as a foundation. One of the greatest strengths of this major is the faculty, who will not only teach you, but will journey with you over the next few years. Our faculty have years of practical experience in the behavioral science field and continue to work in their various areas of expertise. Many are engaged in research and all have a commitment to the Word of God as a foundation of their work. They are also committed to see their students succeed and grow, even after graduation.
Examples of courses in this major:
This course introduces students to the essentials of criminal justice and the most significant issues in today’s American criminal justice system. Students will learn the true roles of the police, courts and corrections and develop an understanding of the complex ways in which they work together. Information on criminal justice careers will help students learn about the meaning of criminal justice to those who work in the field and will provide useful information that can aid career choices.
This course gives students a broad understanding of how the corrections system works within the more complex system of criminal justice. The course covers topics from sentencing, probation, parole, jail, prison, prison life, prison staff, juvenile justice and reentry. The purpose of this course is to give students a better understanding of this key factor in the criminal justice field as well as introduce students to careers in corrections.
This course will present the procedures, techniques and applications of criminal investigations. Students will explore the tools used by criminal investigators, they will explain the science behind crime scene analysis and summarize different types of crimes. In addition, this course will discuss modern investigative tools as well as established investigation policies.
The nature, extent, causes and methods of control of juvenile delinquency. Emphasis is given to the role of community agencies in prevention and rehabilitation.
The nature, extent, causes and methods of control of crime. Emphasis is given to the role of community agencies in prevention and rehabilitation.
The role of law enforcement in society as it relates to local, state and federal jurisdictions.
This course will provide an extensive overview of the principles and concepts of traditional and modern victimologists. This course will further examine victimology, analysis of victimization patterns and trends, and theoretical reasoning and responses to criminal victimization. In addition, this course explores the role of victimology in the criminal justice system, examining the consequences of victimization and the various remedies now available for victims.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Sociology, Grace College; M.A. in counseling, Grace College
Craig Allebach, who joined the Grace College faculty in 2003, teaches from experience, as he served as the Warsaw chief of police from 1988 to 1999 and as captain of the Warsaw Police Department from 1999 to 2000. During his time on the police force, he implemented Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), a canine (K9) program, take-home cars and enhanced 911. He also overhauled the communication center with the latest technology. He has worked as a security consultant and has led workshops on homeland security and risk analysis. In addition to his employment as the town coordinator for Winona Lake, Allebach serves Grace as the chief of campus safety and as an instructor in the Criminal Justice Program.
B.A. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Grace College; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Thomas Edgington joined the Grace College faculty in 1992. He is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor, who has practiced in community mental health centers, church counseling centers and private practice. He is involved in ongoing research and has interests in marriage counseling and counseling depression and anxiety.
B.S. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Colorado Christian; Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, Adler School of Psychology.
Joe Graham began teaching in the Behavioral Science Department in 2011. He brings a wealth of experience as a counselor, including work in group homes, community mental health centers and a church counseling center. As a licensed psychologist, Graham specializes in adolescents and marital therapy and has eight years of teaching experience.
B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Grace College; Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology
Kevin Roberts' special interests include integrated healthcare practices and behavioral medicine and addiction treatment. In addition, he is working with the Kosciusko County Health Department on a two–year research grant from the K21 Foundation to study behavioral health intervention in the treatment of diabetes. The basic hypothesis driving the research purports that it is possible to improve the long-term health outcomes of individuals diagnosed with Type II Diabetes by adding a psychological component to their treatment. His research is driving toward improved patient outcomes and health care efficiency through integrated care practices.
B.A. in Psychology, University of Michigan; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Baylor University; Psy.D. Baylor University
Lisa Wooley joins the Grace faculty as assistant professor of behavioral science. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Baylor University and is a licensed psychologist in Indiana. She has worked for the Bowen Center for the past 15 years and has training in parent interactional training, with specialization in play therapy, child and adolescent therapy, trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, attachment disorders and ADHD. Her theoretical orientation is on object relations and her primary research interests include play therapy, attachment issues and trauma.
B.S. in Criminal Justice, Ferris State University; M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, Ferris State University
Kelly Arney joins the Grace College faculty family as instructor of criminal justice. She previously worked for the Department of Child Services, where she investigated reports of abuse and neglect. She has worked with fundraising for orphanages in China, and she has also worked for the Michigan Department of Correction in Benton Harbor as a parole officer and later as a probation officer. Arney has also worked at Eagle Village, Inc. in Hersey, Michigan, at the residential treatment program for juveniles. Her husband, Dustyn, works at Zimmer-Biomet, and they have a 1-year-old son, Max. They enjoy bike riding, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and playing at the lakes in Winona Lake and Warsaw.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Manage client inquiries by gathering information and responding to questions. Work to research and resolve problems in a timely manner. Assist members in understanding and maximizing the benefits and use of their program.
Correctional officers guard inmates inside and outside local, state and federal prisons. They counsel individuals and groups in prison rules and listen to their complaints and needs.
Through close collaboration with their communities, they serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens.
State police officers, or state troopers, patrol and enforce laws on highways, issuing traffic tickets, investigating accidents and administering first aid. They also help motorists by radioing for automobile mechanics and by giving directions and tourist information. Sometimes they check the weight of commercial vehicles and give the public information about highway safety.
Probation officers monitor offenders who get sentences of supervision—known as probation—instead of or in addition to jail time. They meet with offenders regularly to check their activities and to evaluate their progress. They make regular reports to the courts about the offenders’ behavior. Sometimes they may arrange substance-abuse rehabilitation or job training for their clients. Officers generally work in the adult, juvenile or family divisions of probation departments. Some officers work for state or county courts, while others work in the probation office of the U.S. District Court.
Private investigators detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment or seek, examine and compile information for clients.
“I started as a Counseling major at Grace, but within the first year realized my calling into law enforcement. Therefore, I switched to criminal justice and psychology. Working for Campus Safety exposed me to local law enforcement. I went for a ride along and was hooked. I was hired January of 2007 as a reserve police officer on the Winona Lake Police Department. After four years on WLPD, I was hired full-time by the Mishawaka Police. The greatest influence during my time at Grace College in the classroom was being exposed to those already in the field such as Craig Allebach and law enforcement guest speakers. Looking back now, I see numerous positive factors during my enrollment at GC [that] influenced my development into the law enforcement field. Among those are: professors and staff who cared for each individual student, influencing them with their kindness, knowledge, professionalism and love for the Lord and an excellent exercise facility along with educational fitness and health courses. There are many demands in this field, such as court appearances, report writing and documentation, evidence integrity, physical fitness and stress management. I credit the positive factors while attending GC with influencing a firm foundation for success with these demands.”
- Officer Dave Ruiz, Criminal Justice and Psychology
“I went to Grace College from 2006 to 2010. I majored in criminal justice and psychology, originally planning to pursue a federal law enforcement career. Grace was a special place that not only provided me a top-notch education in my field of study, but more importantly, the professors at Grace helped solidify my Christian worldview. This was invaluable, as I was planning on entering the field of law enforcement. My criminal justice classes gave me a broad foundational knowledge about laws, the rich history behind criminal justice, and even some specific tools relevant to the policing world. The classes I took alongside my criminal justice classes such as essential doctrinal themes, prophecy, biblical psychology and so many more, taught me a biblical perspective on life. I also learned a lot from the Bible that was applicable to my field of study. Issues like justice, mercy, law, morals, ethics, pride and magistrates as well as other people in authority, are all talked about in the Bible. Learning about these issues first from the Bible helped me construct a biblical worldview from which to operate in my profession today. After I graduated from Grace, I was blessed to be hired as a deputy sheriff by Hanover County Sheriff's Office in Virginia. The application process was strenuous and included several hundred applicants. I felt prepared to enter the field largely due to my educational background from Grace. I am thankful for everything Grace gave me over the four years I was there. I personally had a lot of fun, learned a lot, got a Christian wife and grew much closer to Jesus. I would recommend Grace College to anyone wanting to further their education in criminal justice, or any other field for that matter.”
- Deputy David Swanson, Criminal Justice and Psychology