Criminal Justice - Bachelor's Degree | Hodges University
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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Delivery: On Campus and Online
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is offered in the traditional on-campus format as well as online.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is developed around a core of nine required courses and approved list of closed elective criminal justice courses.  Thirty-six (36) hours of required criminal justice course credit and twenty-four (24) hours of closed elective criminal justice credit are required for this degree. 

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss how the major institutions of criminal justice (policing, courts, and corrections) integrate together to form the criminal justice system.  [Comprehension]
  2. Analyze major theoretical perspectives in criminology and understand the link between research, theory, and practice. [Analysis]
  3. Apply criminal law and procedure in practice [Application]
  4. Understand the importance of discretion and ethical decision making in regard to criminal justice operations [Application]
  5. Demonstrate professional demeanor, writing proficiency, and oral communication skills. [Application]
  6. Explain how social and economic disadvantage contributes to inequality and injustice within the criminal justice system [Comprehension]
  7. Propose and defend practical solutions to problems using the operations of the criminal justice system and criminological theory [Synthesis and Evaluation]

Is a Career in Criminal Justice Right for Me?

Hodges University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program prepares students with no prior related work experience for entry-level positions within the criminal justice system as well as similar positions in the private sector. If you are already working in criminal justice, this degree can help you advance your career and obtain management-level positions, building upon previous experience and training.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss how the major institutions of criminal justice (policing, courts, and corrections) integrate together to form the criminal justice system. [Comprehension]
  • Analyze major theoretical perspectives in criminology and understand the link between research, theory, and practice. [Analysis]
  • Apply criminal law and procedure in practice. [Application]
  • Understand the importance of discretion and ethical decision making in regard to criminal justice operations. [Application]
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor, writing proficiency, and oral communication skills. [Application]
  • Explain how social and economic disadvantage contributes to inequality and injustice within the criminal justice system. [Comprehension]
  • Propose and defend practical solutions to problems using the operations of the criminal justice system and criminological theory. [Synthesis and Evaluation]

What is the Criminal Justice Career Outlook?

Employment of police,detectives, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Source:http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm#tab-6, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm#tab-6, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm#tab-6

What Can I Do with This Degree?

LAW ENFORCEMENT & CORRECTIONS

  • Police or Sheriff's Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Game Surveillance Officer
  • Detective
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Administrative Positions in Law Enforcement

INTELLIGENCE & OTHER

  • Forensics
  • Child Protective Services
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Criminologist

COURTS & PRIVATE INDUSTRY

  • Court Reporter
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Probation Officer
  • Bailiff
  • Private Security
  • Risk Management

What Will I Learn?You may enter the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program during any semester. A full-time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically three courses per term, can complete this program in approximately three and one-half years.

Click on the Catalog to view the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice course list.

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How is Hodges University’s Criminal Justice Program Different?

Our Contemporary Program

The program draws upon the expertise of law enforcement officers, judges, probation and parole officers, corrections personnel and practicing attorneys. As society changes, so too, will our criminal justice system. Hodges University is committed to ensuring that its criminal justice program remains contemporary so that graduates of the program will be prepared to serve the communities in which they serve.

Our Professors

The professors in the criminal justice program possess the appropriate academic preparation as well as the practical experience in the real-world application of their craft.  Discover the Best of Hodges University’s Criminal Justice Program.

Our Learning Environment

The learning environment of the class is further enhanced by the interaction of the various criminal justice students already working in the field. This blend of practical experience from both the professors and the students provides a real value to the graduates of this program.

Flexible Schedule

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is offered on campus and online. Day, evening, and weekend courses may also be offered.

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  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

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Bernardine Carter
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Brian O’Reilly
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Chris Cozzolino
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Daniel Pontzer
Program Chair and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
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Jeffrey Jones
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John Long
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Karen Locklear
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