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Criminal Justice (BS)

About the Criminal Justice Bachelor Degree

Criminal justice is a broad field, encompassing everything from traditional work in local law enforcement, courts, and corrections to privately run non-profit intervention and prevention programs. Graduates from Fisher College’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program enter the workforce with a strong social science background that prepares them for traditional criminal justice careers, careers as crime analysts and policy analysts, and further education at the graduate level.

 

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Learning Outcomes
  • Discuss the development and philosophies of the disciplines of the criminal justice system as they relate to both adults and juveniles

  • Describe and analyze the present day role, responsibilities, authority, and practices of the disciplines of the criminal justice system
  • Demonstrate competency in understanding the nature of the relationship between and among the disciplines of the criminal justice system
  • Explain the social and political forces that impact the criminal justice system, its practitioners, and its clients
  • Analyze the theories of crime and deviance and critique the effectiveness of their practical application to behavioral changes
  • Apply professional standards of writing and research to criminal justice issues
  • Discuss the ethical theories and the values that guide criminal justice professions
  • Demonstrate professional competencies to meet the needs of career opportunities and requirements for employment in the disciplines of the criminal justice system
Criminal Justice Career Track
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program prepares students to enter a variety of careers that utilize the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained during their course of study. Although many graduates may wish to pursue careers in the more traditional fields of law enforcement, corrections, and the court system, students today can take advantage of a wealth of opportunities. Careers in research, crime analysis and computer forensics, are growing in popularity, as are careers that combine interests in criminal justice and psychology/human services, such as offender re-entry; intervention with at-risk youth; and legal advocacy for victims. 

Criminal Justice Program Requirements

First Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3  
CM105 Public Speaking 3  
CS101 Computer Applications  3  
EN101 English I 3  
EN102 English II   3
IS105 Common Experience1 1  
LA107 Criminal Law   3
SO101 Introduction of Sociology    3
SO105 Introduction to Criminology    3
  Math/Science/Computer Science Elective2 3  
  Total Credit 16 15

Graduate and Professional Studies students excluded

2 Must take math if placed in MA003 or MA106

Second Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CJ201 Corrections in America   3
CJ210 Law Enforcement  3  
CJ215 Principles of Investigations  3  
CJ225 Criminal Court Process   3
CJ240 Deviance and Social Control 3  
IS220 Preparation for Careers and Life after College   3
SO121 Social Justice, Race, & Gender Issues in American Society  3  
  Humanities Elective    3
  Free Elective  3 3
  Total Credits 15 15

Third Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CJ316 Criminal Justice Research Methods 3  
CJ317 Criminal Justice Statistics    3
CJ410 Ethics and the Criminal Justice System 3  
CJ460 Criminal Justice Internship    3
  Program Elective 3  
  Science Elective   3/4
  Global Awareness Elective   3
  Free Elective 6 3
  Total Credits 15 15/16

Fourth Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CJ420 Advanced Crime Theory and Policy 3  
CJ450 Senior Seminar    3
  Experiential Learning1 3  
  Program Elective2   3
  Humanities Elective 3  
  Free Elective 6 9
  Total Credits 15 15

1May be fulfilled by CJ430, CJ461, IS315, or a program-director-approved research project

2 Program elective should be any CJ course that is not already required