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Criminal Justice

The study of criminal justice is designed to provide students with an understanding of criminal offending and the criminal justice process. As society continues to grow, so does the need for this career and the understanding of how and why such behavior occurs. This online program stresses an interdisciplinary study of criminal justice in America. Those interested in careers in criminal justice, crime prevention, child behavioral problems, adolescent delinquency or effective intervention will find this online degree extremely valuable.

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Quick Info

Program Code

18BS-DL-CJ-DL

Real-World Learning Components

Required internship(s)

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Distance Learning Only

Department

School of Criminal Justice
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Contact

PO BOX 210014

Cincinnati,OH  45221
Scott Pena
Email: scott.pena@uc.edu
Phone: 888-628-3334

Student Success Factors

Students pursuing the online degree in criminal justice have a wide variety of academic interests and talents. Many students select courses that will enhance a specific area, as well as courses they enjoy. Many of our students want to combine their interest in anthropology, literature, psychology, sociology and women’s studies. However, students who choose extensive courses in accounting, biology, business, chemistry or a foreign language seem to have greater career/job opportunities.

All students pursuing an undergraduate degree in criminal justice must complete field placement. The field placement allows seniors to expand upon their education by gaining practical field experience. This unpaid internship is in a criminal-justice related agency of the student’s choice. Many students are successful in obtaining full-time positions after graduation, due to experience from their field placement.

Career Possibilities

The employment outlook in criminal justice is excellent. Through both classroom and field placement, students are prepared for a responsible position of service in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, criminal justice administration, crime prevention, research, youth services agencies and other related career agencies. For individuals already employed in the field, the degree is a good vehicle for career advancement.

Graduates of this major pursue many different careers. A few examples are:

  • Corrections
  • Court administrator
  • Criminal investigator
  • Law enforcement: local, county, state and federal
  • Halfway house counselors and managers
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Park ranger
  • Parole officer
  • Probation officer
  • Public and private security
  • Risk manager
  • U.S. postal inspector
  • Warden

 

Many of our students continue to further their education, choosing to attend graduate school or law school.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The School of Criminal Justice is housed in the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), and offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Our renowned faculty and staff come together to offer diverse course offerings, teach new practices and share the most up-to-date research findings. The faculty in the School of Criminal Justice are in high demand to consult in various criminal justice agencies, as well as national and foreign governments.

Students have the opportunity to attend a wide range of courses developed by faculty who are known as scholars in their respective fields. Students start with core classes, such as Introduction to Criminal Justice and move on to select upper level courses of interest. Some of our more popular classes include Biosocial Criminology; Race, Class, and Crime, and Serial Criminals.

Students who are pursuing the bachelor of science degree must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including general education, core classes and field placement. All students in the undergraduate criminal justice program are required to pursue a minor/focus area/certificate. This is usually decided between the student and their academic advisor. Students are generally encouraged to declare a minor/focus area/certificate after their first year of study.

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Criminal Justice Curriculum

Predominant Program

    Criminal Justice Core Requirements
    • CJ1001, Introduction to Criminal Justice, SS, 3
    • CJ1002, Introduction to Criminology, SS, 3
    • CJ3021, Criminal Justice Research Methods, 3
    • CJ4020, Criminal Procedure, 3
    • CJ4023, Criminal Justice Statistics, 3
    • CJ4095, Criminal Justice Field Placement, 3
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    General Education Requirements
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select a 3 credit hour course that satisfies the BOK code of Humanities , HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select 6 credit hours of coursework that satisfies the BOK of Social Science., SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select a 3 credit hour course that satisfies the BOK code of Social Ethical Issues., SE, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select 3 credit hours of coursework that satisfies the BOK of Diversity & Culture., DC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select 3 credit hours of college level mathematics., 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select 6 credit hours of coursework that satisfies the Natural Science BOK designation., NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select 6 credit hours of coursework that satisfies the Historical Perspective BOK desination., HP, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select 18 hours of college level free electives., 18
    Groupings:
    Criminal Justice Electives
    • CJxxxx, Must be in discipline: CJ, 12
    Focus Area/Minor/Certificate
    • XXXX1xxx, 1000 level course(s) or above, 18
    Upper Level Criminal Justice Electives
    • CJxxxx, Must be in discipline: CJ, 18

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Deciding to major in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati provides students countless opportunities. Students are allowed to choose various courses across the university in many disciplines for a richer collegiate experience. Many students find that studying abroad or doing an internship still allows them to graduate in four years.

The UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services is committed in every way to student success. Each year, the college has a scholarship application process encouraging students to apply. In past years, the college has been able to award scholarships to many students.

The Student Services Center in CECH is a focal point in the college, offering academic advising to students in undergraduate programs. Our well-educated and trained staff comprises full-time academic advisors, support staff and graduate assistants, who work with students to help decide course offerings, change of major and to answer academic program questions.

For further information on the bachelor of science criminal justice program, please visit the program website at cech.uc.edu/criminaljustice.

 

 

Special Programs

There are countless ways for students to be involved within criminal justice and the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Our students take part in various organizations that promote awareness and continued research in the field.

Criminal Justice Society
The Criminal Justice Society is a student-sponsored organization designed to enhance the educational experience of those interested in criminal justice and criminal behavior. Criminal Justice Society promotes the study of crime and justice and sponsors activities for interested students. Activities include prison tours, speaker events and an annual career fair.

CECH Tribunal
The purposes of the CECH Tribunal are to ensure that the interests of the students of the college are voiced and to provide student representation on behalf of all undergraduate students in CECH where representation is warranted. Also, the tribunal organizes programs and social events for students of the college.

Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador program represents CECH at the University of Cincinnati by assisting with the recruitment and retention of students in the college. CECH Student Ambassadors provide a valuable service by representing the student perspective of university life to prospective and new students. Ambassadors also represent the college at numerous collegiate functions, professional events and key promotional events. Being selected as a CECH student ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor and a commitment to the fields of education, health promotion and education and criminal justice.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to this online program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)

Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at 513-556-2336.

International Student Requirements

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 2.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Freshmen:

  • Early Action Deadline: Dec 1*
  • Rollling Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.

Transfers:

  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

 

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

 

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  To learn more, call a program recruiter at 1-888-628-3334 ext 2.