Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Contemporary Justice

Join a noble profession. The Tiffin University criminal justice in contemporary justice degree opens the door to a career in one of the most challenging yet worthwhile professions. Learning about U.S. law, community peacekeeping, administration, criminal investigations, ethics and social issues will prepare you for this critical role in keeping citizens safe.

Tiffin University’s criminal justice in contemporary justice degree curriculum builds a broad-based foundation of skills and knowledge related to contemporary issues facing Criminal Justice practitioners today. 

Jobs in criminal justice are demanding, rewarding and vital to safe, well-functioning communities. As a graduate of this contemporary justice degree program, you will have a solid foundation from which to pursue a position as a criminal investigator, detective, fraud investigator, intelligence analyst, police officer and prosecutor’s office investigator.

It takes a special person to work in law enforcement and confront the difficult issues facing our society today. Graduates of the Tiffin University criminal justice in contemporary justice degree program will be able to:

  1. describe the evolving role of criminal justice systems and their relationship to critical societal issues.
  2. employ a variety of means and media to communicate with both public and private stakeholders appropriately and effectively.
  3. evaluate and apply appropriate management and leadership philosophies and approaches to practice in various criminal justice contexts.

The time to complete one’s criminal justice in contemporary justice degree is dependent on the number of hours transferring in. Tiffin University strives to transfer in as much transfer credit for students as possible. With this said, in order for credit to transfer, one must have earned a “C” or better in the course.

Transferable core: (24 credit hours)

  • COM 130 Introduction to Speech Communication
  • CST 111 Digital Literacy and Technology Readiness
  • ENG 141 Rhetoric and Introduction to Research Writing
  • ENG 142 Rhetoric and Academic Writing
  • MAT 181 College Algebra/MAT 185 Quantitative Reasoning/MAT 275 Pre-Calculus
  • MAT 273 Applied Statistics I
  • NAT 130 Foundations of Healthy Living
  • Pick one: ART 210 Art Appreciation/CUL 210 Comparative Cultures/ENG 201 Introduction to Literature/HIS 201 Introduction to Historical Events /PHI 110 The Art of Reasoning

DRAGON EDUCATION CORE: (13 credit hours)

  • DEC 100 (or open elective)
  • DEC 200 (or DEC 250 or open elective)
  • DEC 250 (if transf 28+)
  • DEC 300 (or 350)
  • DEC 350 (if transferring over 48 hours)
  • DEC 400
  • DEC 400L

OPEN ELECTIVES: (30 credit hours)

  • OE1 (open elective)
  • OE2 (open elective)
  • OE3 (open elective)
  • OE4 (open elective)
  • OE5 (open elective)
  • *JUS 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • *JUS 201 Criminal Law
  • *JUS 202 Criminal Procedures
  • *JUS 361 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • *SCS 300 Research Design
  • *SCS 470 Internship 1 (Waive via PLA w/5 yrs. Exp.) (18 credit hours) 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE: MAJOR: CONTEMPORARY JUSTICE (36 credit hours)

  • ENF 150 Police and Society
  • ENG 301 Professional Communication
  • FOR 310 Threat Assessment
  • ENF 239 Applied Criminal Investigation Criminalistics
  • ENF 293 Criminology
  • Pick one: ENF 450 Crime Analysis/ENF 432 Death Investigations/ENF 355 Forensic Investigation of Sex Crimes
  • COR 420 Agency Management
  • ENF 335 Law Enforcement Supervision
  • CDS 334 Technology and Crimine
  • Any Philosophy class
  • SOC 265 Peach and Social Justice
  • Pic one: PSY 362 Abnormal Psychology/SOC 360 Multicultural Issues in Society

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

Online: Two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October.

There are no related concentrations available.

ENF 150 Police and Society - 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.

FOR 310 Threat Assessment - An overview of threat assessment and threat management (TA/TM) in various organizations such as social service agencies, schools, places of employment and law enforcement. The history of threat assessment/threat management, events, legal responses, theories, research and models are included. Policies at aforementioned organizations are explored as are various remedy models. The Identify, Assess, Manage [Federal] model is introduced.

ENF 239 Applied Criminal Investigation Criminalistics - Emphasis on the investigation of specific crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson. Students will be required to investigate a “mock” crime scene, collect and analyze evidence obtained and present their investigation in a “moot” court.

ENF 293 Criminology - This course provides and introduction to the subject of criminology. Criminology is the study of both criminal behavior and crime itself, and as such, is one of the foundational courses for criminal justice. It explores the different schools of criminological thought, the different eras of criminology research and the theories proposed for crime and criminal motivation. Additionally, there is an emphasis on the development of the history of criminology as the basis for our justice system today.

  • Criminal investigator 
  • Detective 
  • Fraud investigator 
  • Intelligence analyst 
  • Police officer 
  • Prosecutor’s office investigator

This is a new program! Successful placements to come in the next few years.

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

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