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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Miami’s Regional locations 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.

Core objectives of the program include:

  • 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.

The idea 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.

What classes would I take?

The faculty of the program believe strongly that graduates need to have a deep understanding of criminal justice systems, possess communication and analytical skills, be aware of globalization and sensitive to diversity, need to be adaptive, critical, and independent thinkers, need to appreciate what it means to be a good local and global citizen, and have experience in the field. Accordingly, the curriculum has as a foundation the traditional liberal arts and sciences and a required field experience. All students will complete the same core of criminal justice courses and each student will select one cognate area for more in-depth examination. Currently the cognates include law enforcement, criminal justice administration, the administration of law and justice, and corrections and punishment.

The B.S. program is offered entirely at Miami University’s regional campuses. Courses are offered day and evening at the Hamilton, Middletown and Voice of America locations.  Online courses are available and more will be developed in the future. Students should be prepared to attend both regional campuses in order to complete the degree requirements.

See Miami University's General Bulletin for the Criminal Justice core program requirements.

What can I do with this major?

There are many career options. Policing, probation and parole, private security, and corrections are common occupations sought by criminal justice graduates. Continuing one’s education in law or graduate school is also possible.

Top NACE* Employability Skills of focus in this degree program

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism and Work Ethic
  • Career Management

Local Job Statistics

According to the 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Ohio employs 2,870 people as judges/hearing officers, in addition to over 24,000 police and sheriff's patrol officers. The Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts national job growth for police and detectives of 4% for the period 2014-2024.

Graduates with this degree are qualified for careers such as:

  • Detective/Investigator
  • Hearing Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Probation/Correctional Officer
  • Security Manager/Guard
  • Park Office
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Emergency Training Educator
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related area

How do I get started?

Choose one of the options below and start on your pathway to success!