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Bachelor's of Arts in Criminal Justice

University of Findlay
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Bachelor's of Arts in Criminal Justice

The criminal justice program at the University of Findlay will put you on the path to a successful and productive career. Graduates with a degree in criminal justice are prepared to pursue a number of careers in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Fraud
  • Juvenile justice
  • Homeland security
  • Corrections
  • Law enforcement
  • Legal Profession
  • Probation
  • Private Sector
  • Governmental agencies

Many believe that a criminal justice bachelor's degree is about becoming a police officer, but there is a vast array of subfields that require the knowledge, skills and judgment that this program prepares you for.

Criminal justice majors benefit from dedicated and caring faculty whose primary focus is on meeting your personal needs and career aspirations beyond obtaining your criminal justice degree through interactive instruction and personalized one-on-one advising.

With a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum design, you will be prepared for successful careers in many diverse areas of criminal justice including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice.

Strong collaborative ties with other academic departments such as Forensic science, Law & Liberal Arts, Political Science and Public Administration allowing you to pursue double majors or minors to complement your criminal justice education.

Admission requirements

Entrance into the University of Findlay requires an earned diploma from an accredited high school in a college preparatory course of study or a GED certificate. The faculty recommends four units of English, three units of mathematics, three units of social studies (including one in history), two units of science, and two units of foreign language.

The following criteria are used as standards for first-time student admission as well as for students with fewer than 12 hours of post-secondary credit:

  • High school grades (minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average) and class rank;
  • American College Test (ACT) (minimum 20 composite ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (minimum 950 composite SAT) scores;for those students unable to take the ACT or SAT due to COVID-19 closing testing centers, the following criteria will be used:
    • An Academic Letter of Recommendation;
    • A graded writing sample of previous academic work;
    • An interview with University Admissions personnel;
  • Academic Letter of Recommendation (only required for students seeking a major within the College of Education);
  • Other indicators of academic and personal success (character, study habits, personality, etc.);
  • International students entering the University of Findlay’s undergraduate program must submit a TOEFL (iBT) score of at least 61, an IELTS score of at least 6.0, a Pearson Test of English (academic) of at least 50, or an International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) of at least 3.5. International students whose medium of instruction was in English at the secondary and/or post-secondary levels may apply for exemption from this requirement. Students, who do meet these language requirements, may study in The University of Findlay's Intensive English Program (IELP) prior to beginning their academic studies. Successful completion of the IELP waives the TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic), and/or iTEP requirement.

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Major Requirements

  • Introduction to Law
  • Topics in Pre-Law
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Topics in Public Administration
  • American Politics
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Process
  • The Politics of Terrorism
  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Topics in Sociology
  • Elementary Spanish I
  • Elementary Spanish II
  • Spanish for Professionals
  • Advanced Strategies for Reading and Writing in Spanish

In addition, students must complete 12 hours from:

  • Self-Defense/Stress Management
  • Community-Based Corrections
  • Intermediate Sanctions
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Victimology
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Issues in Correctional Treatment
  • Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Fraud Examination and White-Collar Crime
  • Internship in Criminal Justice
  • Special Topics in Forensic Science

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Fee: $17.939 per semester

Career opportunities

Our graduates have found employment at a variety of agencies such as:

  • Bureau of Criminal Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • State Medical Board
  • Hancock County Sheriff's Department
  • United States Secret Service
  • United States Border Patrol
  • Lima Correctional Institution
  • Open Arms Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Worth Center for Juvenile Offenders
  • Local police and probation departments

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University of Findlay

Established in 1882, the University of Findlay is a nationally-ranked, private university located in beautiful Findlay, Ohio. Offering nearly 100 academic programs, Findlay is known for our computer science, math, business and health professions programs at both the undergraduate and...

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University of Findlay

1000 N. Main Street
45840 Findlay Ohio
United States of America (USA)

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