At Hope, the Contract Program in Criminal Justice is a unique degree path for the Liberal Arts Major. This degree path provides a foundational understanding of the causes, consequences and control of crime. It draws from a number of different disciplines, including psychology, communications, public administration, philosophy, political science, sociology, mathematics, and law. The Liberal Arts Major with a CSUF Contract Program in Criminal Justice provides preparation for students pursuing career options in law enforcement. The program is offered in conjunction with California State University, Fullerton, which is located right across the street from Hope. In this program, students take a blend of coursework from both universities, resulting in a broad educational experience. All Contract Programs contain a Liberal Arts core curriculum that focuses on oral and written communication, leadership, critical thinking, and biblical studies.
Before taking courses at CSUF, prospective Contract Program students must complete a contract proposal and receive approval from the HIU Academic Contracts Committee. The approval process is contingent upon the completion of the following requirements: 1) the proposed course of study must meet the requirements outlined in the Contract Program Informational Packet; 2) students must have completed 60 units of college-level coursework; 3) students must be California residents or be able to establish California state residency, and 4) students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50.
The B.A. in Liberal Arts with a Contract Program in Criminal Justice is 122 units.
As is the case with all majors at HIU, Criminal Justice majors have a number of opportunities to take their studies off campus. Each student works closely with an academic advisor who helps identify opportunities for research, grants, and internships based on the student’s individualized study plan. In addition, we highly encourage you to take advantage of our study abroad programs, which will provide you with an opportunity to experience different world cultures.