The mission of the Criminal Justice Program is to be the leader in educating future criminal justice practitioners by providing students with the skill 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.
Advantages of Criminal Justice at BGSU
Small Class Sizes
Unlike most public universities, many of our CJ classes have 30 or fewer students. This allows for increased personal interaction between students and faculty and better in-class discussions and projects.
Connected Students and Faculty
Criminal Justice courses are open only to CJ 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.
The most extensive required field placement/practicum/internship of any program in the country brings what is learned in the classroom into the 'real world.' Students see the application of what they have learned and make valuable contacts which are useful in securing future employment. Field placements are available throughout the U.S.
Active Student Organization
The Justice Student Association is open to all students on campus with an interest in the criminal justice system. The organization brings speakers to campus representing local, state and federal agencies, private security firms, graduate schools and law schools.
Criminal Justice Program
223 Health and Human Services Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0148
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.
Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
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. For more information, click here.
Professional Licensure (If applicable)
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.
Gainful Employment (If applicable)
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.