Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice (BS)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice provides a broad background in studies related to law enforcement and criminal justice systems and practices. The program consists of a forty-five (45) semester hour Core. Students then select from two options: Option 1 as an eighteen (18) semester hours in general criminal justice; or Option 2 as an eighteen (18) semester hour concentration in investigative forensics.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is intended to provide students with the information, knowledge, and skills to enter a variety of criminal justice professions upon the student’s graduation and allows students to concentrate on Investigative Forensics or Criminal Justice Generalist with the 120 credit program. The Investigative Forensics concentration exposes students to important concepts in basic criminal investigations as well as basic and advanced crime scene investigation. The Criminal Justice Generalist concentration exposes students to critical foundation level information and skills while including advanced education in policing, police organizations, investigations, report writing, and probation and parole.

Benefits

Career Options

A degree in criminal justice can pave the way for a wide range of career options in law enforcement officer, crime and intelligence analyst, criminal and arson investigator, crime scene technician, correctional security officer and probation officer, private security and private investigator, crime victims’ advocates, and public policy specialist.

A degree in criminal justice also provides an excellent foundation for graduate and professional studies in criminal justice and criminology, forensic science, emergency management, homeland security, forensic accounting and fraud examination, psychology and forensic psychology, public administration and management, leadership studies, social work, and the law.

Transferable Skills
  • Thinking and decision making
  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Non-verbal communication (Public speaking)
  • Listening
  • Management

Degree Courses

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Alternatives to Incarceration
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Criminology
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Terrorism
  • Conflict Management
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • State & Local Governments

Other Criminal Justice Programs

Criminal Justice (AS)

The Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice prepares the student for future employment in the criminal justice area. The student is to complete the required twenty-four (24) semester hours in Foundational Core courses for the associate degree and thirty-three (33) semester hours in Criminal Justice.

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice offers a gateway to careers in law enforcement, public safety, or the legal system at the local, state and federal level. Graduates of this 60-61 credit program gain skills that prepare them to go straight into the workforce or gain a transferable degree that will allow them to enter a baccalaureate program to further their education.

Benefits

Variety in Criminal Justice Studies

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to produce graduates who can excel in various aspects of the field in leadership, service, research, and innovation. The program offers classes that cover focus on alternatives to corrections, Crime scene investigation, conflict management in corrections, criminal law, criminology, drugs and criminal justice, juvenile justice, victimology, and much more.

Hands-on Experience

OCU’s Criminal Justice majors and minors are exposed to a variety of hands-on experiences in the classroom, as well as being provided the opportunity to participate in field trips and out-of-classroom experiences. The Criminal Justice faculty encourage all of their students to participate in internships in such fields as law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice or a research practicum where they can apply theoretical information in the real world. Students are also urged to attend academic conferences and workshops, as well as complete specific training courses offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Domestic Emergency Preparedness Consortium.

Dedication to Academic Excellence

The Criminal Justice curriculum provides students with two concentrations along with a well-rounded education by viewing the study of Criminal Justice in two ways: 1) as scientific in nature and 2) including human interaction and societal reaction.

Faculty and Class Size

The OCU criminal justice faculty hold appropriate academic qualifications in their field of expertise, as well as many years of professional experience in law enforcement or corrections. Most classes range between 10 and 20 students.

Degree Courses

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Community Policing
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Alternatives to Incarceration
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Terrorism
  • Sociology

Criminal Justice (Minors)

 

Criminal Justice, Corrections, Investigative Forensics

As a Criminal Justice minor, students will complete six courses (18 credits) that focus on the criminal justice system and its many component parts. Students are familiarized with the U.S. criminal justice system’s foundations with a particular focus on law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on helping students become critical thinkers and understanding the role that the criminal justice systems play in society. Students will be exposed to such important topics as the past, present, and future of the U.S. criminal justice system, criminal and constitutional law, the practical application of ethical practices, criminal investigative skills and techniques, and conflict management.

As a Corrections minor, students will complete six courses (18 credits) that focus on a combination of classical theories of penology along with developing ideas, approaches, and strategies for dealing with offenders after they have been convicted and while awaiting trial. Emphasis is placed on helping students to become critical thinkers in general and about corrections in particular. A primary goal of the minor is to help students focus on the end process of the criminal justice system by helping them understand the nature and consequences of processing offenders through the system. Students will be exposed to such important topics as incarceration, community supervision, treatment of offenders, rehabilitation, and the offender reintegration process.

 As an Investigative Forensics minor, students will be exposed to important concepts in criminal investigation and crime scene investigation and processing. The Investigative Forensics minor combines a focus on classical theories of criminal investigation with developing ideas and approaches, as well as with contemporary strategies for investigating and processing crime scenes. Emphasis is placed on helping students to become critical thinkers about criminal and crime scene investigations. Proficiency in crime scene investigation and mastery of the techniques used to collect evidence are essential to success in the field. To foster this expertise, students pursue coursework including criminal investigation, investigative photography, basic and advanced crime scene investigation, as well as foundations in the study of criminal justice. A primary goal of the minor is to help students focus on becoming proficient in basic criminal investigative techniques and basic and advanced crime scene techniques.

Concentration Requirements

Criminal Justice Minor-Students

Criminal Justice Minor-Students majoring in biology, business administration, communications, computer science, history, psychology, and university studies will find a criminal justice minor connects well with their studies at Oakland City University.

Corrections Minor-Students

Corrections Minor-Students majoring in business administration, communications, education, history, psychology, and university studies will find a criminal justice minor connects well with their studies at Oakland City University.

Investigative Forensics Minor-Students

Investigative Forensics Minor-Students majoring in biology, business administration, communications, computer science, history, psychology, and university studies will find a criminal justice minor connects well with their studies at Oakland City University.

Degree Courses

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Conflict Management
Jamie Houston
Jamie Houston

Adjunct Instructor for Criminal Justice

Dr. Paul Bowdre
Dr. Paul Bowdre

Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

Brent Maguire
Brent Maguire

Lecturer of Criminal Justice

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