Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Justice Administration

Be a leader in the criminal justice system. Designed to provide you with an understanding of issues that criminal justice leaders face today, students will focus on law enforcement, public administration and multicultural issues. Our program provides a unique opportunity to interact with working professionals so that you gain invaluable experience for a career as human services investigators, probation or parole officers, police or correctional officers or special agent victim advocates.

Tiffin University’s Online and Extended Learning Program is specifically designed to help students complete their degree without missing a single day of work. Students with approximately two years or more of prior college credit can complete a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree in Justice Administration in about two years. Our faculty brings real-world expertise into the classroom, so it is all relevant to your career success. Many of our students are working professionals, so you will make real connections. We do not make “ivory tower promises” – we deliver the goods for your real-world success!

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.

Testimonial

“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours

Justice Administration Major 45 hours

Tiffin Campus and Online & Extended Learning major courses (to be taken in addition to Criminal Justice Core):

 

COR120 Correctional Thought and Practice     3 hours

COR231 Juvenile Justice Systems     3 hours

COR420 Agency Management     3 hours

ENF150 Police and Society     3 hours

ENF154 Homeland Security Overview     3 hours

ENF245 Emergency Organizations and Management     3 hours

ENF293 Criminology (w)     3 hours

ENF335 Law Enforcement Supervision     3 hours

ENF450 Crime Analysis     3 hours

JUS461 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice (w)     3 hours

POL101 Introduction to the American Political Process     3 hours

POL207 The Courts     3 hours

POL320 Public Administration     3 hours

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology     3 hours

SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society (w)     3 hours

Total     45 hours

Total BCJ hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Extended Learning - Offered in two terms per semester with start dates of January and August

Locations include:

  • Owens Community College – Toledo Campus
  • Terra State Community College

There are no related concentrations available.

Police and Society (ENF150) - A study of the various response methodologies available to the patrol officer in assisting the citizen’s request for police service. Discusses traffic enforcement from the stop of the violator through traffic accident investigation.

Homeland Security Overview (ENF154) - The course presents an introduction to the public and private sector dimensions of the theory and practice of homeland security at the national, regional, state and local level. The perspective will include an overview of the administrative, legislative, and operational elements of homeland security programs and processes, including a review of homeland security history, policies, and programs. The student will examine, in general, terrorism and the intelligence issues that support homeland security operations.

Emergency Organization and Management (ENF245) - Every level of government bears responsibility for emergency response. A systematic analysis of the public agencies and an overview of organizations involved in homeland security will be covered in this course. Topics such as threat assessment, risk analysis, incident management systems, coordinating with supporting agencies, response procedures, the planning function, coordinated government efforts, crime scene operations, prevention strategies, response protocols, evacuation, medical support, and conducting an effective follow-up analysis will all be covered. This class will prepare the student with information necessary to respond to terrorist acts

Law Enforcement Supervision (ENF335) - A study of management theories and their impact on law enforcement agencies. Topics include, but are not limited to, agency structure, management of personnel, fiscal management, and civil and criminal liabilities for police personnel.

Crime Analysis (ENF450) - An introduction to the concept, applications, and methods of crime analysis as it is employed in municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. The course will include how to form a crime analysis unit which has effective relationships with patrol, criminal investigation, and other field operations units, and will focus on methods of how to collect, collate, analyze, and employ crime date to predict future criminal events, including when and where perpetrators will strike. Managerial and supervisory responsibilities in a crime analysis unit will also be discussed. The course is directed toward preparing students to obtain an entry-level crime analysis position in a law enforcement agency.

  • Case Worker
  • Child Protective Services Investigator
  • Correctional Worker
  • Court Bailiff
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers
  • Law Enforcement Administrator
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Federal Government
  • U.S. Treasury

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.

Faculty

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dean_butler

Dean Butler

butlerd@tiffin.edu

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Bachelor of Science, Tiffin University
  • Master of Science Administration, Tiffin University
  • STEP – Supervisor Training & Education Program
  • PELC – Police Executive Leadership College

Dean Butler

Dean is an Assitant Profesor of Criminal Justice. He is retired frm the U.S. Air Force, Ohio Army National Guard, and Ohio Air National Guard after 26 years of service. Dean also spent 23 years as a Lieutenant in the Perrysburg Police Division and 4 years in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.

Dean Butler
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dean Butler
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen

Kevin Cashen

cashenk@tiffin.edu
(419) 448-3322

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., The Ohio State University
  • M.C.J., The University of Alabama
  • M.A., The Naval Postgraduate School

Kevin Cashen

Assistant Professor Kevin Cashen teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security and has actively been involved in online learning. Mr. Cashen earned a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) through the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Assistant Professor Cashen started his career in criminal justice as a correctional worker with the Lucas County Department of Work Release in 1983 and retired in August 2009 as the Chief of Police with the Norwalk Police Department. Mr. Cashen held various positions within the Norwalk Police Department to include patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain, executive officer and chief. Assistant Professor Cashen attended the FBI National Academy and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Assistant Professor Cashen is a member of various local and state boards and committees.

Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

EllisLK@tiffin.edu
419-448-3051

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice

Department Chair, Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.C.J., Tiffin University
  • M.S., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D., in Public Policy and Administration, Walden University

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lacy Ellis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University focusing her studies on women in law enforcement. Dr. Ellis comes to Tiffin University with previous teaching experience in both online, hybrid, and traditional seated classes.

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Ellis received her OPOTA Certification and served in a variety of positions within the criminal justice community. She started her career as an undercover narcotics agent working cases from street level to deep cover operations. She served as an intelligence specialist, training at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving the Federal Law Enforcement Analytical Training Certification. She also has experience in death investigation working as an investigator for Wayne County Coroner's Office. Dr. Ellis currently holds her commission with a local Sheriff’s Office. She is an ALICE Certified Instructor and conducts trainings for Active Shooter Response.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests include the psychological effects of law enforcement, gender studies in law enforcement, motherhood and policy, active shooter response, and physical fitness. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Charles, also in law enforcement, and their three children, Hunter, Olivia and Rayne.

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Sandra Miller
Sandra Miller

Sandra Miller, Ph.D.

millersj@tiffin.edu
419-448-3168

Associate Professor of Criminology

Department Chair CJNS Undergraduate Seated

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., University of Toledo
  • M.S.C.J., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D., Northcentral University

Sandra Miller, Ph.D.

Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Before joining Tiffin University as full-time faculty, Dr. Miller served as an adjunct professor for 15 years and taught graduate courses at the University of Toledo and police science courses at Owens Community College. Dr. Miller received her B.Ed. from the University of Toledo, her MSCJ with concentrations in both justice administration and forensic psychology from Tiffin University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University. 

Prior to joining Tiffin University, Dr. Miller was a detective for 34 years with the Toledo Police Department. Her main field of expertise was sex crimes investigations, and her vast experience as a detective also includes investigating homicides, violent crimes against persons, property crimes, and juvenile crimes.

Dr. Miller’s research interests are focused on police mental health. As an employee assistance professional (EAP) with the Toledo Police Department Dr. Miller was involved in numerous debriefings following critical incidents, provided guidance and advice to officers struggling with PTSD and grief, and provided education and monitoring of the mental wellness of officers and their families. 

Dr. Miller currently volunteers as a CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem) for Lucas County and sits on the City of Toledo Civilian Police Review Board. On campus, you can find Dr. Miller working as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and civil rights investigator.

 

Sandra Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminology
Sandra Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminology
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

PirainoP@tiffin.edu
419-448-3395

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies & Interim Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

Department Chair Criminal Justice Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
  • M.A., Governors State University
  • B.S., Western Illinois University

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

Pete Piraino joined Tiffin University as a full-time Instructor in January, 2012. Professor Piraino teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he served at Tiffin as an adjunct instructor for three years.

Professor Piraino recently retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in Charge of its Toledo Resident Office, overseeing Secret Service operations for the 21 counties of Northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the Vice President, and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

Prior to his 12-year assignment in Washington, D.C., Professor Piraino served as Special Agent in the Chicago Field Office of the Secret Service investigating a variety of federal criminal violations including counterfeit currency, financial fraud, and threats against Secret Service protected persons. While assigned to the Chicago Field Office, he served as a supervisor on a year-long multi-agency undercover task force investigating USDA food stamp fraud throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Professor Piraino was a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) investigating arson for profit and federal firearms violations. Prior to that, he was a police officer in suburban Chicago for eight years.

Professor Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. Professor Piraino earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies & Interim Dean...
Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies & Interim Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

Testimonials

  • I could not have asked for better faculty. I love how small the class sizes are because I really know the majority of my professors pretty well. More importantly, they know me really well and are aware of my future goals and aspirations. I know that I could seek help from any one of my mentors and they would give me the best advice that they had.

    -Beata Krembuszewski '17

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

    Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
  • "TU gave me the extra boost needed to move forward with accomplishing my dream of becoming a small business owner. With the help and encouragement of my professors and coach, I was able to take that leap into the business world knowing I could not succeed if I did not take risks."

    – Emily Miller

    "TU gave me the extra boost needed to move forward with accomplishing my dream of becoming a small business owner. With the help and encouragement of my professors and coach, I was able to take that leap into the business world knowing I could not succeed
  • John Carpenter
    "I chose Tiffin University because of the curriculum, the online opportunities, and the fact that it is a brick-and-mortar school close to my home. I made many invaluable contacts through my TU experience."

    – John Carpenter

    John Carpenter
  • "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and classmates."

    - Hasan Abdul Elah, UAE

    "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and

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