Criminal Justice


Bachelor of Science | College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is the study of police, courts and law, corrections and punishment, juvenile justice, and the causes of crime and delinquency.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

The faculty emphasize ethics, evidence-based decision making, intercultural understanding, and a progressive perspective of criminal justice. All students in the BSCJ program complete a field experience. That experience enriches their understanding of classroom discussions and material and makes them more marketable after graduation.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Courses in policing, corrections, law and courts, comparative justice systems, writing in criminal justice, research methods, and field experience are required. Elective coursework of the student's choice spans the criminal justice spectrum, including, as examples, human trafficking, police organization, juvenile law, civil liability, race and criminal justice, and community corrections.

What can I do with this major?

Graduates are prepared for all of the following positions: police officer, corrections officer, probation and parole officer, and court administrator. Graduate study in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, political science and law school are also possible.

Who can I contact for more information?

Justice and Community Studies
1601 University Blvd.
103 Phelps Hall
Hamilton, OH 45011

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