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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice Major (B.C.J.)

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Major code BC2209

University College
Chubb Hall 140
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1935
Fax: 740.593.0206

Tanya Barnett, Director of Degree Programs

Program Overview

The upper-division criminal justice major 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 University, you are eligible to apply to the criminal justice major program and may earn a baccalaureate degree by completing a minimum of 32 additional hours of Ohio University work.

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.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

The bachelor of criminal justice major requires a completed associate’s degree in a related area (e.g., law enforcement technology) and thus is not open to entering freshmen.

Change of Program Policy

Current Ohio University students, who have completed the required associate’s degree, may apply to the major at the University College website: or by mail or in person in the University College office, Chubb Hall 140, Athens, OH 45701.

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:

External Transfer Admission

To enter the criminal justice program, you must complete a separate degree application form 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. Applications are available from the University college office or any regional campus student services office. Upon admission, you will be assigned an academic 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.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The criminal justice 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. Criminal justice students also might prepare for law school or for further study in graduate or professional schools.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Major Requirements

The criminal justice major requires:

  • 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

Criminal Justice Core Requirements:

Complete three of the following courses:

Criminal Justice Major Requirements:

Complete the requirements indicated for Areas I, II, III, and IV.

Area I: Basic Skills

Area I, Group A: Oral Communication:

Complete one of the following courses:

Area I, Group B: Ethical Reasoning:

 Complete one of the following courses:

Area I, Group D: Research Methods:

 Complete one of the following courses:

Area II: Cultural, Legal and Political Issues

Area II, Group B: Political and Legal Issues:

 Complete one of the following courses:

Area III: Understanding Human Behavior and Social Problems

Area III, Group A: Theories of Behavior:

 Complete one of the following courses:

Area III, Group B: Social Problems:

 Complete one of the following courses:

Area IV: Professional and Organizational Skills

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