BA in Criminal Justice

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This program prepares individuals who want to work in the justice field. This program seeks to equip the student for a fulfilling career with a foundational understanding of human behavior within a criminal, transformative, and restorative justice systems. Students will be prepared to serve society as ethical, caring, service-minded individuals and be men and women of character. A major in Criminal Justice opens the door to many jobs in law enforcement, corrections, court-related positions, and security.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and decision-making.
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    Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
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    Apply current and historical justice principles and practices to real-life situations.
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    Function within chosen area(s) of the justice system with the insight of the functions and interdependencies of various areas.
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    Apply procedural rules and statutes through the criminal process.
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    Design alternatives to the conventional penal approaches through the lenses of transformative and restorative justice.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematical thinking encountered in college courses, careers, and everyday life. Quantitative reasoning skills needed to understand problem solving, money management, and growth models.
    Prerequisite: SI094 (recommended), SI092, SI096, or ACT math score of 19 or higher
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    Science Elective with Lab 4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms, including communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Electives 2
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR48 HOURS

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    Overview of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, and security. Includes views from psychology, sociology, and criminology, and a Christian worldview. Students develop a personalized view of criminology and restorative justice.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Development and organization of America's law enforcement orga¬nizations. The role, behavior, and life of the officer in law enforcement culture and society.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: CJ101
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    Foundations for criminal investigations, including interviewing witnesses and suspects, collecting and preserving evidence, processing a crime scene, reporting, and follow-up.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: CJ201
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    History, theories, policies, and practices of the juvenile justice system, including juvenile diversion programs, delinquency, child maltreatment, and gang behavior.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CJ201
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    Historical, philo¬sophical, and operational frameworks of the corrections system. The goals of punishment and alternatives to the conventional penal approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Issues surrounding terrorism and the preventative and responsive nature of the Department of Homeland Security. Threats from domestic and internation¬al terrorism and the roles of government, organizations, and citizens.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: CJ101
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    The functions, operations, and decision-making in the judicial process in the United States, including an analysis of the role of courts and the function and responsibilities of the key personnel within them.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: CJ101
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    Analyzing conflict and engaging with appropriate resolution methodology. Effective methods of commu¬nication in employing conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: CJ101
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    The role of the victim and the relationship between victims and offenders in criminology. The historic and current treatment of victims and dilemmas faced by victims. Theodicy as a model for personal understanding and communication with victims.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: CJ101
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    Fundamental principles and practices of law and their impacts on criminal justice. Dynamic interaction between individuals, criminal justice, and society in the context of Christian ethics and proper conduct.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CJ101
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    Organizational theory and managerial principles and the administration of justice, including typical command-level problems and trends in criminal justice organizations.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: CJ101
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    Restorative justice theory, emphasizing human dignity and the healing of the community through cooperative stakeholder involvement. Dilemmas within criminal justice and Biblical principles of restoration.
    Offered: Fall or Spring, odd semesters Prerequisite: All 200-level CJ courses
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    Experiential learning through not less than 90 clock hours in the criminal justice field. Interns gain experience, apply knowledge from program courses, and obtain feedback from the organization providing the internship. Students are responsible to arrange the internship.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: All 200-level CJ courses
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    Synthesis experience applying concepts learned through the Criminal Justice program courses to solve complex problems and prepare for post-graduation engagement in the field of Criminal Justice.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: All 300-level CJ courses
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    An introduction to statistics in the behavioral sciences and everyday life. Conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics are explored through simple statistical computations and more complex analysis. Students become more aware consumers of statistics through critical analysis of statistical findings.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. Biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. Discovery of personal leadership and followership styles of the individual students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Students observe the interplay of theory and practice in professional experience as they interact with criminal justice professionals from local, county, state and federal agencies.
    Pass/Fail
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    Students engage with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C. to discuss how government theory and practice coincide.
    Offered: Every spring Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Students engage with significant experts and nationally recognized thought leaders hosted by the School of Business & Government.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Offers students an opportunity to hear from accomplished business and leadership experts and see how a Christian worldview is applied in business and other leadership roles.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Practical strategies and skills for career searches, job interviews, resume creation, networking, and career portfolio development. Developing career goals and plans. Includes six workshops and a networking dinner.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail

ELECTIVES23 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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