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Miami regional campuses add four-year criminal justice degree

08/24/2012

Miami University has received approval from the Ohio Board of Regents to offer a new bachelor of science in criminal justice (BSCJ) degree program exclusively on the regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown.

According to G. Michael Pratt, Miami associate provost and dean of the regional campuses, the curriculum is focused and flexible and designed to prepare students for careers in the U.S. criminal justice system, including police, courts and corrections.

“Students can get a job after earning their associate degree in criminal justice and continue their studies seamlessly toward a bachelor’s degree as their schedules permit. The curriculum also provides a pathway for those who want to go on to graduate school or law school after earning their four-year degree in criminal justice,” Pratt said.

There are many career options which include policing, private security, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile justice and administration. All students will complete the same core of criminal justice courses, and select one area for more in-depth examination. Currently these include law enforcement, criminal justice administration, the administration of law and justice, and corrections.

“This is a traditional Miami liberal arts and sciences foundation program. Faculty of the program believe strongly that BSCJ graduates must have a deep understanding of criminal justice systems and possess strong communication and analytical skills. They also need to be aware of globalization and sensitive to diversity,” Pratt said.

Graduates will have applied what they learn in the classroom in the field, and they need to be adaptive, critical and independent thinkers who appreciate what it means to be a good local and global citizen, according to Pratt.

Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Jim Petro said opportunities for students to complete baccalaureate degrees on Ohio’s regional campuses is a high priority.

“Regional campuses allow students to complete their degree in a cost-effective, timely manner,” Petro said. “And this new program is one more step toward increasing our completion rates here in Ohio,” Petro said.

Financial aid, grants, loans, work study opportunities and scholarships are available to students at Miami’s regional locations. In fact, there are some scholarships designed specifically for students pursuing criminal justice degrees.

Applicants must complete at least 12 hours of college coursework with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a minimum 2.5 grade point average in criminal justice courses to be admitted. High school graduates interested in pursuing the BSCJ will be enrolled in a pre-major program until they are eligible for admission.

For students who have earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice at Miami, with proper planning those credits will flow seamlessly into the new BSCJ program, which is grounded heavily in the liberal arts.

For students with an associate degree from another institution, an independent evaluation will determine which courses will transfer. Miami’s regional campuses are committed to granting credit and minimizing duplication.

For more information contact the office of admission at Miami Hamilton (513.785.3111) or Miami Middletown (513.727.3216) or online.

The new bachelor of science in criminal justice degree becomes the fifth baccalaureate program at Miami’s regional campuses. Others are nursing, engineering technology, integrative studies, and health information technology.
The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2012, to enroll in all second semester classes that begin Jan. 14, 2013, at Miami Hamilton and Miami Middletown.

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