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OVU Criminal Justice Degree

Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offered by the School of Behavioral Sciences is a natural fulfillment of the mission of Ohio Valley University, and it addresses in considerable depth each of the desired learning outcomes for the university. By nature, the program is multidisciplinary. As such, coursework includes topics from a variety of areas including law, law enforcement, psychology, and sociology. This major prepares students for entrance into careers such as probation or parole officers, law enforcement officers, detectives, private investigators, and paralegals. Student may also use this degree to prepare themselves for graduate studies in the behavioral sciences or entrance into law school.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Students majoring in criminal justice must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy the General Institutional Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.
  2. Satisfy the requirements of the General Education program, which includes the following:
    • General Education Course Requirements
    • Bible Course Requirement
    • Writing Competency Requirements
    • Diversity Requirement
  3. Receive formal admission to the criminal justice program, preferably during the second semester of the sophomore year; the application is part of CRJ 299.
  4. Meet the following grade requirements:
    • Earn at least a 2.5 GPA on all major-related coursework.
    • Earn no more than 4 credit hours of D in major-related coursework required for graduation.
    • Complete Criminal Justice Senior Seminar (CRJ 451) with a minimum grade of B.
  5. Complete 59 credit hours, distributed as follows (some courses also fulfill general education requirements):
    • 36 credit hours of criminal justice courses:
      • The following courses, worth 21 credit hours, are required:
        • CRJ 101    Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 220    Criminal Law (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 299    Criminal Justice Program Admission (0 credit hours)
        • CRJ 320    Criminal Procedures (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 371    Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 390    Criminological Theories (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 451    Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 489    Criminal Justice Practicum (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 498    Criminal Justice Program Senior Assessment (0 credit hours)
      • Select one of the following 3-credit-hour courses:
        • CRJ 240    Laws of Evidence (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 334    Constitutional Law (3 credit hours)
      • Select 12 credit hours from the following; at least 6 credit hours must be upper-division courses (numbered at the 300- or 400-level):
        • CRJ 150    Police Operations (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 200    Police Administration and Supervision (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 230    Fundamentals of Criminal Investigations (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 250    Introduction to Corrections (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 260    Police Report Writing (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 290    Probation and Parole (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 292-95    Criminal Justice Special Topics (1-6 credit hours)
        • CRJ 330    Principles of Private Security (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 345    Forensic Psychology (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 365    Organized Crime (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 370    Court Systems in the United States (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 410    Victimology (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 430    Financial Crimes (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 440    Civil Rights and Liberties (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 445    American Public Policy and Crime (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 450    Law Enforcement in American Society (3 credit hours)
        • CRJ 490-91    Criminal Justice Guided Research (1-6 credit hours)
        • CRJ 492-95    Criminal Justice Special Topics (1-6 credits)
    • 23 credit hours of psychology, sociology, history, and religion:
      • The following courses, worth 14 credit hours, are required:
        • PSY 229    Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4 credit hours)
        • PSY 290    Research Design (4 credit hours)
        • SOC 381    Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credit hours)
        • SOC 382    Conflict Mediation (3 credit hours)
      • Select one of the following 3-credit-hour courses:
        • HIS 231    Global Politics (3 credit hours)
        • PSY 351    Understanding Multicultural Diversity (3 credit hours)
        • REL 441    Major World Religions (3 credit hours)
        • SOC 341    Cultural Anthropology (3 credit hours)
        • SOC 383    Diversity Management (3 credit hours)
      • Select one of the following 3-credit-hour courses:
        • PSY 320    Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
        • PSY 340    Personality Theories (3 credit hours)
      • Select one of the following 3-credit-hour courses:
        • PSY 242    Group Dynamics (3 credit hours)
        • PSY 350    Family Systems (3 credit hours)
        • PSY 360    Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  6. A minor area of study is recommended. The following minors are recommended: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bible, Communication, History, Human Services, Information Technology, Psychology, Sociology, Wellness, and Youth and Family Ministry.