Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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 Off-Campus 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!

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 21 hours
Justice Administration Major 33 hours

  • COR120 Correctional Thought and Procedures
  • COR231 Juvenile Justice Systems
  • COR420 Agency Management 
  • ENF150 Police and Society
  • ENF154 Homeland Security Overview
  • ENF245 Emergency Organizations and Management
  • ENF335 Law Enforcement Supervision
  • JUS461 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice
  • POL320 Public Administration
  • SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society 

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.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

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

Off Campus - Offered in a 7-week hybrid format with start dates of January and August. Locations include: 

  • Terra Community College
  • Owens Community College Toledo Campus
  • Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus
  • Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus
  • Cuyahoga Community College Brunswick Campus 

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

Faculty

Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies / Chair for Main Campus...
Scott Blough
Scott Blough Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis Assistant Professor & Chair for Criminal Justice Graduate Programs / Internship...
Jeffry Stockner
Jeffry Stockner Professor of Business Law & Criminal Justice
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice / Chair for Undergraduate Off-Campus Seated...
Dr. Gordon Crews
Dr. Gordon Crews Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology
Charles White
Dr. Charles White Assistant Professor / ATIC & OPOTA Coordinator
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences / Assistant Professor, Criminal...

Testimonials

  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

  • "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

  • "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

  • "Tiffin University is the college that has helped me grow into the person that I am today. While at Tiffin, I have made unforgettable memories and friends. I continued my education at The University of Toledo College of Law. Although I am moving on, I will never forget everything I have gained from my time at Tiffin University."

    – Jessica Paule, Class of 2015

  • "The aspects of Tiffin University that I really like include low tuition cost and the fact that there are generous scholarships available for international students. Tiffin’s quiet atmosphere makes it easy to concentrate on your studies, but the surrounding cities have plenty to explore including a vibrant entertainment scene.”

    - Xin Guo, China

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