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Criminal Justice  

The Criminal Justice program is designed for students who have already completed an associate's degree in a related area such as law enforcement, human services technology, corrections technology, or police administration. If you hold such a degree from a technical or community college, or from a regional campus of Ohio University, you are eligible to apply to the Criminal Justice major program. The Criminal Justice major offers students with technical education backgrounds an academic program to broaden their education, helping them qualify for careers in law enforcement administration, parole and probation, forensic science, adult and juvenile corrections, and police administration. Criminal Justice students also might prepare for law school or for further study in graduate or professional schools.

The guiding premise of the program is that the criminal justice system in America can be improved by providing a high-quality, liberal education to career-minded men and women.

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.

Related Option
Students who do not have an associate’s degree in a field related to law enforcement and are interested in the Criminal Justice field should look at OHIO’s Sociology-Criminology program in the College of Arts & Sciences. (

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will have the opportunity for employment in law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and juristic and correctional agencies on the local, state, and federal levels, or in the private sector. Since a bachelor's degree is rapidly becoming a minimum requirement for employment in this field, your chances for employment and advancement are strengthened greatly by this program.


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University College

University College promotes the intellectual and personal development of undergraduates and especially focuses on the needs of first-year students. Through its dedicated advising and many effective programs, University College promotes undergraduates’ academic success and co-curricular engagement, facilitates their pivotal transitions, and fosters the formation of community among students, faculty, and staff. University College is the college of entry for one of every four students, most of whom have not chosen a major, and the home of the Academic Advancement Center and the Army and Air Force ROTC programs.

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Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.