The Criminal Justice program is part of the Department of Human Services in the BGSU College of Health & Human Services

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Criminal Justice

The criminal justice program is the leader in educating future criminal justice practitioners by providing students with the skills needed to critically examine the world around them, the ability to understand and embrace the diversity of the society in which they serve and live, and the continuing desire to learn more about themselves, society and the criminal justice field.

Quality classroom experiences

Many of our criminal justice classes are small with 30 or fewer students. This allows for increased personal interaction between students and faculty and better in-class discussions and projects.

Criminal justice courses are open only to criminal justice majors. This guarantees that all examples and discussions are directly relevant to the students. It also helps build a feeling of camaraderie and enhances interaction between students with similar goals and interests.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Investigations
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Digital Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Law, Evidence, and Legal Issues in Forensic Science

Curriculum

The criminal justice program places emphasis on academics, oral and written communication and research potential. The curriculum is largely concentrated in social and behavioral sciences with core courses in government, law, psychology and sociology. Students take courses in other departments, as well as in criminal justice, giving them the ability to look at a problem from many viewpoints. 

Criminal justice students interested in pursuing investigative careers in the public, private, intelligence, and military sectors may take a specialization in forensic investigation.

Master of Criminal Justice is one of the top online programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report, and ranked number one among Ohio public universities, according to Top Criminal Justice Schools.  

Internships and Careers

All criminal justice majors must complete an internship with an agency or organization whose responsibilities are related to the criminal justice system. Students see the application of what they have learned in the classroom and make valuable contacts which are useful in securing future employment. Internships are available at more than 800 agencies throughout the U.S. and may be governmental, private businesses or non-profit agencies.

GO FAR with a career in

  • Federal agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Graduate school
  • Law school
  • Corrections/Probation
  • Victim services

Required internships provide real-world experience and are available throughout the U.S.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Criminal Justice are expected to:

  • Identify, investigate, and propose solutions to problems/issues facing the criminal justice system;
  • Critically evaluate policies and practices of the criminal justice system;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Criminal Justice program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2021-22.  More information on accreditation.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Criminal Justice program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Criminal Justice program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Forensic Investigations

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The Criminal Justice program is part of the Department of Human Services in the BGSU College of Health & Human Services