Bachelor of Criminal Justice (B.C.J.)
Serve and protect your community through careers in corrections, law enforcement and the court system.
Ohio University’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice program helps students acquire job-relevant skills and expertise in a timely manner. Students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in a criminal justice related area can complete a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree in one to two years through online or in-person coursework. Learn from faculty whose professional experience bridges classroom learning and practical application, helping you graduate with the hands-on competencies you need to advance your career.
A B.C.J. degree offers students with technical education backgrounds an academic program to broaden their education, helping them advance in their criminal justice careers.
The Criminal Justice degree includes courses in political science, sociology, communications, philosophy and other disciplines. Core courses include:
- American Constitutional Law
- Civil Liberties
- Social Psychology
- Police and Society
- Punishment and Society
Students who complete a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree are prepared to enter or advance in a broad array of careers in corrections, law enforcement, and the court system.
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-B.C.J. (ND2210) majors and work toward the Law Enforcement Technology associate’s degree (AA5505) and B.C.J. requirements simultaneously.
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice is designed for students who have already completed an applied associate degree in a related area such as law enforcement, human services technology, corrections technology, or police administration.
A conferred associate degree in the criminal justice field from a two-year technical degree program (90 or more quarter hours or 60 or more semester hours) from a regionally accredited community college, regional campus, technical college, or university
Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
30 semester hours at the 3000-4000 level
Fifty percent of the major must be completed through Ohio University
A minimum 2.0 or higher GPA in the major and overall is required to graduate
Or contact your regional campus representative:
James Stephens, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Ohio University Southern