Bachelor of Specialized Studies
Established in 1970, the Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) is a rigorous, multidisciplinary degree that requires a minimum of 80 hours at the 300 level or above. The BSS permits students to design individualized areas of concentration that match their specific learning and career goals.
The BSS degree is an academically strong alternative to discipline-specific majors for Ohio University students, including those who wish to explore areas of study across several colleges or wish to prepare for a specific career, but in a non-traditional manner. The degree is also appropriate for students with an earned Associates degree who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree that is a reasonable extension of their previous academic work.
Admission to the BSS program requires that students:
- be currently registered and in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA);
- have completed at least one year of academic work (45 hours minimum);
- work with a member of the University College advising staff, student personnel staff, or the Independent and Distance Learning Services staff to prepare their degree proposal;
- draft a Statement of Rationale that articulates the reasons the BSS degree meets their individual needs;
- design an Area of Concentration (“major”) that corresponds to the Statement of Rationale and that includes a minimum of 45 hours of completed and/or planned course work drawn from at least two departments (a minimum of 12 hours must be planned);
- consult with two faculty (Group I or II), at least one of whom is from a department included in the Area of Concentration, and obtain their approval of the curriculum.
(Source: Bachelor of Specialized Studies Seven Year Review, 2005-2006)
The following learning outcomes define the Bachelor of Specialized Studies:
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
- Students will acquire a basic understanding of the core concepts, issues, and methods central to the discipline(s) that constitute their Area of Concentration.
- Students will report satisfaction, after graduation, with the academic advising and support they received from University College and with the extent to which their individually designed degrees prepared them for success in their careers.
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) degree was established in 1976. It is unique among Ohio University degrees in that it is a “two-plus-two” baccalaureate degree that builds upon a two-year associate’s degree, which in this case must be in a related area such as law enforcement, corrections, or police administration. The BCJ equips students with a deeper understanding of the social, political, and administrative context of the criminal justice field that is designed to complement the more technical focus of the associate’s degree.
The following learning outcomes define the Bachelor of Criminal Justice:
- Students will acquire basic oral and written communication skills and statistical reasoning skills as required by professionals in the field of criminal justice.
- Students will understand American social and political systems, including issues regarding gender, minority populations, and civil liberties.
- Students will acquire knowledge of human and social behavior.
- Students will acquire knowledge of organizational behavior management theories and organizational skills.
- Students will use this degree as a platform for criminal justice careers or further study in graduate and professional schools
(Source: Bachelor of Criminal Justice Seven-Year Review, August 15, 2001)