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Degree Course Requirements


For Main Campus Students.

The curriculum requires the completion of 120 hours of course work. The average course load is 15-16 hours based on eight semesters.

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Major - 120 hours

General Education  - 42 hours
Written Communication - 6 hrs.
Oral Communication - 3 hrs.
Social Sciences & Humanities - 12 hrs.
Mathematics & Science - 10 hrs.
Other - 11 hours

Program Requirements - 46hours
GOV 333 State and Local Government
GOV 403 American Constitutional Development
LE 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice
LE 153 Juvenile Justice
LE 253 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
LE 263 Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice
LE 273 Criminal Procedures and Evidence
LE 343 Criminalistics and Crime Scene Investigations I
LE 473 Law Enforcement Internship
PSY 383 Forensic Psychology
UE 101 University Experience

Select one of the following five concentrations - 15 hours
Option A - Law Enforcement
Option B - Forensic/Correctional Psychology .
Option C - Agency Administration
Option D - Psychology
Option E - Indiana Law Enforcement

Additional Requirements - 32 hours
Electives - 32 hours


  Program Objectives:

  • Provide students with knowledge of human behavior.
  • Provide students with a breadth of study of law and appropriate relevant studies of history, political science, and psychology to facilitate entry into advanced professional careers.
  • Provide students with opportunities to experience the day-to-day requirements of practitioners in their chosen fields through the use of internships.
  • Familiarize students with the ethical behavior patterns demanded in professional conduct.
  • Familiarize students with the skills necessary for good citizenship.

Degree Course Requirements

For Adult / Online Students

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice curriculum for adults and online students requires completion of 120 credit hours of course work. Successfully completed police academy and other law enforcement training are applicable toward this degree as prior learning credits.  Four concentration areas are offered in psychology, emergency management, management/leadership and academy/professional training.  The course work consists of 39 credit hours of core/major coursework and 18 credit hours in a selected concentration.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - 120 Hours

Written Communication (6)
ENG 103 English Composition I (3)
ENG 113 English Composition II (3)

Oral Communication (3)
SP 203 Effective Speaking or
COM 163 Interpersonal Communication (3)

Social Science - Humanities (12)

ECO 213 Microeconomics or
ECO 223 Macroeconomics (3)
GOV 113 Introduction to Government (3)
Humanities Electives (6)

Mathematics & Science (12)
MA 103 Business Algebra or
MA 113 College Algebra or
MA 153 Finite Mathematics (3)
BIO 103 General Biology (3)
Science Elective (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)

Other (9)

SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology (3)
PSY 113 Principles of Psychology (3)
General Education Elective (3)

Criminal Justice Core (39)

GOV 403 American Constitutional Development
LE 153 Juvenile Justice
LE 253 Probation, Parole & Community Corrections
LE 263 Introduction to Criminal Law & Justice
LE 273 Criminal Procedures & Evidence
LE 343 Criminalistics & Crime Scene I
LE 353 Criminalistics & Crime Scene II
LE 363 Institutional Corrections & Corrections Law
LE 423 Criminal Justice Agency Administration
LE 433 Criminal Justice Capstone Demonstration
LE 453 Topics in Criminal Justice
PSY 323 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 383 Forensic Psychology

Degree Related Electives or Prior Learning Credit (21)
UE 111 Adult Learning Orientation
HIS 103 American History I
HIS 113 American History II
Electives (14)
Concentration Option (18)
Select one 18 credit hour option from below

Psychology (18)
PSY 333 Psychology of Personality
PSY 343 Social Psychology
PSY 353 Child & Adolescent Psychology
PSY 363 Counseling
PSY 413 Psychology of Addiction
PSY 423 Counseling Theories & Practices

Emergency Management (18)
EM 103 Introduction to Emergency Management
EM 223 Risk Assessment
EM 383 Preparedness & Response Operations
EM 403 Managing Consequences of Terrorism
EM Electives (6)

Management/Leadership (18)
COM 213 Business Communication
MGT 313 Human Resource Management
MGT 323 Leadership
MGT 333 Supervision
MGT 363 Organizational Behavior
select one from below
PHL 313 Ethics or
FIN 333 Public Finance

Academy/Professional Training* (18)
*This concentration can only be filled by documented Academy (Fire, Police, EMT or Military Training) and/or Prior Learning