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CRIMINAL JUSTICE (BCJ)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

 

The upper-division Criminal Justice program is designed exclusively for students who have previously completed an associate’s degree program in a technical area related to criminal justice, such as law enforcement, corrections technology, police administration, legal assisting, or human services. If you hold such a degree from a technical or community college, or from a regional campus of OHIO, you are eligible to apply to the Criminal Justice program and may earn a baccalaureate degree by completing a minimum of 32 additional hours of OHIO coursework.


The multidisciplinary curriculum comprises a broad range of courses from the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and professional disciplines, all of which make a contribution to the complex field of Criminal Justice. You may individualize your program of study through elective courses.

 

 

COURSE OF STUDY

The BCJ curriculum may be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis with day, evening, and online classes available. Students typically start fall semester, but may enter the program at any point during the academic calendar. Full-time students should take 15 or more credit hours per semester in order to complete the degree in two years. Part-time students may pursue the degree at a rate they desire, however, a minimum of seven credit hours of course work each semester is recommended. Students completing the degree requirements will earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice degree.

 

 

BCJ FACILITIES

The BCJ program has access to an eight-acre outdoor Emergency Response Training Center complex complete with training stations, law enforcement vehicles, and a physical endurance/obstacle course. In addition, mock crime, a forensic laboratory, and a specialized training room are housed in the LET/Criminal Justice Section of the Technology and Business Development Center to enable students to practice their newly acquired skills.

 

 

LOCATION

Many classes are held in the Technology and Business Development Center, located on the east side of the Chillicothe campus.

 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for admission, a student must be a high school graduate or GED recipient. Students not meeting these requirements should contact the Admissions Office at OHIO Chillicothe for further information concerning admission. Students completing the degree requirements will earn an Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

 

Freshman/First-Year Admission:

➢ The Criminal Justice major requires a completed associate’s degree in a related

area (e.g., law enforcement technology). New students may enter OHIO as pre-BCJ (ND2210) majors and work toward the Law Enforcement Technology associate’s degree (AA5505) and BCJ requirements simultaneously.

 

Change of Program Policy:

➢ To enter the BCJ program, you must complete an online application.

Students can obtain the online application from University College, regional campus, or e-Learning BCJ advisors.

 

➢ Please note that students on regional campuses may need longer than two years

and may need to register on more than one campus. The major is also available online through OHIO’s eCampus.

 

External Transfer Admission:

➢ To enter the BCJ program, you must complete a separate online

application in addition to the application to the University and submit a college transcript showing that you have completed an associate’s degree in an appropriate technical field. Students can obtain the online application from University College, regional campus, or e-Learning BCJ advisors. Upon admission, you will be assigned a BCJ advisor who will assist you in completing your approved program of study. You must be admitted to the major at least one semester prior to graduation.

 

 

BCJ COURSE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general education University requirements, the criminal justice major requires:

➢ 30 semester hours at the 3000-4000 level.

➢ Fifty percent of the major must be completed through OHIO.

➢ A minimum 2.0 or higher GPA in the major and overall is required to graduate.

 

 

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Students are eligible for many different financial aid resources. These include:

➢  Federal Grants and Loans

➢  Ohio University Scholarships

➢  State Grants and Loans
 

To begin the process, you should apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible. For OHIO Chillicothe, use the University Federal School Code: 003100 and 003102.

 

For more information about the financial aid process, contact our Financial Aid Office at (740) 774-7289 or toll free at (877) GO-2-OUCH.

 

 

GENERAL EDUCATION

OHIO believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include: the ability to communicate through the written word, the ability to use quantitative or symbolic reasoning, and broad knowledge of the major fields of learning. Therefore, students must take general education courses to complete a degree.

 

 

PROGRAM FEATURES

The Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice offers students:

➢ Opportunities to learn from professionals in the field of criminal justice, forensic

science, and law enforcement.

➢ Courses with a solid foundation in concepts, theories, and research grounded in

the social sciences.

➢ The potential for further study in graduate or professional schools.

➢ A basis to prepare further and apply to law school.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AREAS OF INTEREST

Students who graduate with the BCJ can expect to pursue careers in multiple areas. From corrections to working with parolees, and from initiating or extending one’s career in law enforcement, a range of opportunities exists for successful graduates.

 

 

ADVISING FAQS AND IMPORTANT FORMS
Suggested Program Template

This is a sample template to complete the degree in four years. In addition to the major requirements, you must meet university general education requirements of Tier II courses: a minimum of 21 semester hours of TIER II courses that are spread out in the six categories. You will need to take advantage of summer course offerings for some Tier II courses so that your load during regular semesters is lightened.


Tentative Semester Planner Information

SUBJECT - COURSE NAMES  

SEMESTER 1 
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology

 or  

PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology
LET 1000 Introduction to Law Enforcement Technology
LET 1050 Ethics & Legal Issues
LET 1100 Police Roles in Crime and Delinquency
LET 1200 Constitution & Criminal Law


SEMESTER 2

LET 2150 Cybernetics
LET 1450 Intro to Criminal Investigation

  or   

LET 1350 Intro to Corrections

LET 2000 Procedures, Rules, and Test of Evidence

 or  

LET 1550 Management of a Correctional Crisis

LET 2450 Law Enforcement Admin. & Supervision

 or  

LET 2050 Introduction to Legal Issues in Corrections

LET 2650 Introduction to Criminal Investigation

 or  

LET 2250 Correctional Management & Supervision 

### XXXX LET Activity Requirement

 

SEMESTER 3

COMS 1030 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

 or  

COMS 1100 Communications among Cultures

CTCH 1250 Introduction to Computers

 or  

OAT XXXX Fundamentals of Information’s Technologies
###   XXXX LET Technical Elective

 

SEMESTER 4

LET 2908 Terrorism and Homeland Security
 or 
POLS 1500 Themes in Global Politics 
SOC 2600 Criminal Justice (or other BCJ core class)
MGT 2000 Management (or other area IV, group B class)
### XXXX Tier II
### XXXX Tier II

 

SEMESTER 5 

SOC 3600 Criminology (or other BJC core class)
 or 
SOC 3640 Police & Society
 or 
SOC 3660 Punishment & Society
SOC 2600 Criminal Justice

SOC 2000 Contemporary Social Problems
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology

### XXXX Tier I Junior Composition
### XXXX Statistics (Area I, Group C)
### XXXX LET Technical Elective
### XXXX LET Activity Requirement

*Apply to graduate with LET this term

 

SEMESTER 6

SOC 3600 Criminology (or other BJC core class)
 or 
SOC 3640 Police & Society
 or 
SOC 3660 Punishment & Society
SOC 4320 Political Sociology
 or  
### XXXX Other Area II B Course
SOC 4650 Social Change
 or  
COMS 4410 Communication in the Family
### XXXX Tier II
### XXXX Tier III 
COMS 1030 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
 or  
COMS 1100 Communication Among Cultures
 or  
COMS 2050/2060 Group or Interpersonal Communication
### XXXX Tier II (if needed)

*Apply to the BCJ major

 

SEMESTER 7

SOC 4320 Political Sociology 
 or  
### XXXX Other Area II B Course
SOC 4320 Political Sociology 
 or  
### XXXX Other Area II B Course
SOC 4650 Social Change
 or  
COMS 4410 Communication in the Family
### XXXX Tier II 
### XXXX Tier III

 

SEMESTER 8

SW  3263 Chemical Dependency
 or  
#### XXXX BJC area III-B course
COMS 3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management
 or  
POLS 4880 Environmental & Public Policy Dispute Resolution
 or
#### XXXX (Other BCJ Area IV-A course)
LPA 4840 Management Skills for Public Administration
 or  
MGT 4300 Organizational Behavior
### XXXX Upper Level Elective 
### XXXX Upper Level Elective

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE CREDIT

Opportunities exist for students interested in the BCJ program to apply their previous, relevant work experiences and completed certifications towards college credit.

 

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES UPON GRADUATION

The BCJ program offers students with technical education background the opportunity to broaden their exposure to liberal higher education while acquiring the necessary specialization to qualify for careers in such fields as parole and probation, adult and juvenile corrections, and police administration. BCJ students might also prepare for law school or for further study in graduate or professional schools.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Jim McKean, PhD

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator
Law Enforcement Technology
Technology and Business Development Center
T: 740.774.7721
F: 740.774.7214
mckean@ohio.edu

 

 

Information about the Faculty

Jim McKean
Associate Professor / Program Coordinator LET
Technology & Business Development Center 129
T: 740.774.7708
mckean@ohio.edu
Sonja Rawn
Assistant Professor
Technology & Business Development Center 108
T: 740.774.7764
rawn@ohio.edu
Jonna Depugh
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 122
T: 740.774.7293
depughj@ohio.edu
Ron Edwards
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
edward2@ohio.edu
Keith Hall
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 240
hallk5@ohio.edu
Ralph Harvey, Jr.
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
harveyr2@ohio.edu
Todd Hurley
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
hurleyt@ohio.edu
Stephens Larry
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
stephel1@ohio.edu
Robert Markowski
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
markowsk@ohio.edu
Richard Mayer
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
mayerr@ohio.edu
Terri Mikesh
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
mikesh@ohio.edu
Matthew Stuntebeck
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
stuntebeck@ohio.edu
Kevin Teaford
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259
teafordk@ohio.edu