Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Take risks. Secure the safety of your fellow citizens. Be a part of one of the noblest, most selfless professions. Become a police officer. Learn the theories and practices used to analyze and solve crime, in both juvenile and adult law enforcement. With a solid foundation from TU, our grads have become criminal investigators and detectives, fraud investigators, intelligence analysts, police officers and prosecutor’s office investigators. Become a part of the team. 

A Practical Education For Real Impact In The Law Enforcement Field

The law enforcement profession in the United States confronts some of the most difficult problems and issues that any nation can experience as it provides public safety services to our citizens. The Tiffin University Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) degree with a major in Law Enforcement provides you with the necessary foundation for successful employment and practice. At TU you will receive an innovative academic and practical education in the law, the behavioral sciences, and the political process.


Balancing Public Order & Individual Liberty

Successful baccalaureate degree graduates in law enforcement must comprehend the mission, structure, goals, and operations of police agencies at the local, state and federal levels in a democratic society. The prevention, repression and control of crime in America requires that law enforcement agents appreciate the critical role they play in balancing public order and individual liberty. Tiffin University’s education provides you with the background and real-world experience to meet this challenge.


What You Can Expect From Your TU Law Enforcement Degree:

  • Graduates will be able to describe the four major features of the law enforcement officer role in American society.
  • Graduates will be able to explain the main components of community policing.
  • Graduates will be able to describe key ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the police role.
  • Graduates will be able to critically evaluate by means of written and oral communication the quality of a major criminal investigation involving crimes against persons, property, technology, and the environment.
  • Graduates will be able to identify violations of criminal law and assess the correct, constitutional procedures for investigation.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate criminalistic behaviors and patterns.
  • Graduates will be familiar with the special process applicable to juveniles within the criminal justice system.
  • Graduates will be able to identify and understand the applicability of relevant computer systems used in the profession.
  • Graduates will demonstrate applied theory and learned knowledge through practical application in the field.

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 21 hours
Law Enforcement Major 31 hour

  • 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

There are no related concentrations available

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.

Juvenile Justice Systems (COR231) - The history, concepts and scope of the juvenile justice system and its contrast with the adult system of justice. Includes an analysis of the juvenile justice process from initial intervention of delinquency and status offenses by law enforcement personnel and others through release from intervention

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (ENF400) - Study of national and international criminal justice systems with emphasis on law enforcement. The historical, cultural, and operational similarities and differences will be explored. Contemporary research relating to law enforcement, adjudicative, and correctional systems will be considered.

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.

  • Corrections
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Criminal Investigator / Detective
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Police Officer / Program Administrator
  • Prosecutor’s Office Investigator
  • Special Agent
  • Undercover Investigator
  • Watercraft Office

  • Federal Police Departments
  • Local Police Departments
  • Private Investigator
  • State Police Departments


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


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