Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

For more information about criminal justice, visit the department at 104 University Hall, Hamilton campus or email criminaljustice@miamioh.edu or contact any member of the faculty..

The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at Miami University’s regional campuses offers students a comprehensive and dynamic understanding of crime, justice, punishment and corrections, policing, and the legal system within the context of a liberal arts education. Advancing analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communication, technology, quantitative literacy, ethics, application of learning in the field, civic learning, and an appreciation of diversity and of the increasingly global world are core objectives of the program. The ideal is to graduate students who possess the knowledge, experiences, and skills needed to lead a meaningful, reflective life, who will be productive and contributing citizens, who will be successful in their criminal justice careers, and who will be life-long learners.

Program Requirements:

(128 semester hours)

Core Requirements

CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies (3)

CJS 125 Law and the Courts (3)

CJS 211 Law Enforcement (4)

CJS 220 Criminal Justice Field Experience (3)

CJS 231 Law and Individual Rights (4) or

CJS 232 Criminal Defense and Adjudication (4)

CJS 271 Criminal Behavior (3)

CJS 281 Corrections (3)

CJS 451 Comparative Justice Systems (3)

CJS 461 Applied Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)

CJS 485 Capstone: Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)

Criminal Justice Cognate Areas (complete one cognate)

Law Enforcement (complete five courses * = required)

CJS 231 Law and Individual Rights (4) *

CJS 232 Criminal Defense and Adjudication (4) *

CJS 256 Police Organization, Administration, and Management (4)

CJS 272 Forensic Evidence (3)

CJS 276 Homeland Security and Critical Incident Management (3)

CJS 277 Independent Studies (3)

CJS 470 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1-6) (with approval)

POL 376 U.S. National Security Policy (3)

Criminal Justice Administration (complete five courses * = required)

BTE 401 Leadership Decision Skills (3) * or

BTE 301 Personal Organization Skills (3)

BTE 302 Financial Information for Managers (3) * or

POL 467 Public Budgeting (3)

CJS 321 Criminal Justice Administration (3) *

CJS 256 Police Organization, Administration, and Management (4)

CJS 277 Independent Studies (3)

CJS 470 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1-6) (with approval)

GEO 451 Urban and Regional Planning (3)

POL 261 Public Administration (4)

POL 362 Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics (3)

POL 363 Administrative Law (3)

POL 364 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

POL 468 Public Personnel Administration (3)

Corrections (complete five courses * - required)

CJS 311 Punishment and Social Control (3) *

CJS 312 Community Corrections (3) *

CJS 313 Alternatives to Corrections (3)

CJS 331 Juvenile Law (3)

CJS 271 Criminal Behavior (3)

CSJ 470 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1-6) (with approval)

Students must complete one of the following:

PSY 221 Social Psychology (3)

PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology (3)

WGS 325 Identity, Race, Gender, Class (3)

The Administration of Law and Justice (complete five courses * = required)

CJS 231 Law and Individual Rights (4) *

CJS 232 Criminal Defense and Adjudication (4) *

CJS 277 Independent Studies (3)

CJS 331 Juvenile Law (3)

CJS 470 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1-6) (with approval)

FSW 462 Family Policy and Law (3)

IES 450 Environmental Law (3)

POL 352 Constitutional Law and Politics (4)

POL 353 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (4)

POL 362 Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics (3)

POL 363 Administrative Law (3)

POL 364 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

POL 382 International Law (3)

POL 347 Women and the Law (3)

SOC 409 Systems of Justice (3)

SOC 412 Sociology of Law (3)

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