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The fast-paced field of Criminal Justice offers a wide variety of career paths for those interested in this area. Students may consider the fields of probation, parole, institutional corrections, victim’s advocacy, crime prevention, and law enforcement at the state, local and federal level as their focus of study and training for future employment.

The Corrections Major degree program is available as an option for those interested in the fields of diversion, probation, parole, and institutional corrections and focuses on the specialized requirements in those particular fields.

The Criminal Justice Academy Track degree program is intended for those students who are interested in immediately entering the field of certified, sworn law enforcement in the State of Ohio after completion of the program. Upon successful completion of all state and college program requirements, the student will have earned the Criminal Justice Degree as well as certification as a Peace Officer in the state of Ohio. The Academy Program contains requirements mandated by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and The Columbus State Community College Police Academy that are different than the other Criminal Justice degree programs. These requirements include, but are not limited to: an entry interview by the Academy Commanders or panel, criminal history background check, completion of a minimum of 23 semester hours or their equivalent prior to the start of training, completion of all state and college mandated police academy paperwork, the successful passing of a state required physical examination, the purchase of uniforms and related supplies such as ammunition for firearms training courses, 100% attendance/compliance requirements throughout the academy training period, maintaining a valid Ohio Driver’s License throughout the training, no negative contacts with law enforcement agencies and officers during the academy training and other requirements as may be periodically determined. Ohio Peace Officer Certification will only be granted by the State of Ohio upon completion of all in-class requirements, and the successful passage of both the state mandated physical fitness test and the state written test.

The Criminal Justice Professional Track degree program is designed for currently employed sworn law enforcement professionals with a minimum of three years full time experience or equivalent.  Individuals seeking a degree in this program must be Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission certified or an approved equivalent. Those individuals who meet these requirements, and take or have taken at least one college class from Columbus State will be granted equivalency credit totaling 23 semester hours of the 68 required semester degree hours for the Academy I, II, III, and IV courses. The remaining technical courses in the degree focus on developing student skills for future police management positions at their respective agencies.

Corrections Major

In addition to the general Criminal Justice competencies, a graduate majoring in Corrections will be able to:

  • Prepare pre-sentence reports and other required reports accurately
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective correctional institution security measures
  • Describe the differences between the fields of institutional corrections, diversion, probation and parole
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the high-risk, high liability areas of the corrections field
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior within the Corrections field.

Criminal Justice Major

In addition to the general Criminal Justice competencies, a graduate majoring in Criminal Justice will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper arrest procedures
  • Locate applicable case law
  • Process information at an accident scene and correctly complete required reports
  • Demonstrate knowledge of patrol, investigative and community policing responsibilities
  • Identify hazardous materials and initiate proper response
  • Locate and apply criminal law correctly
  • Prepare required reports accurately and in a concise, readable style
  • Prepare cases for trial and professionally testify in a court of law
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the operation of the Criminal Justice System at the local, state and federal level
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the high-risk, high liability areas of the law enforcement field
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior within the law enforcement field.

Criminal Justice Major – Academy Track

In addition to the general Criminal Justice major competencies, a graduate majoring in Criminal Justice – Academy Track will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with the handgun  shotgun, and service rifle to current Ohio Peace Officer Training Council (OPOTC) and Columbus State Police Academy standards for qualification
  • Perform safe and effective driving maneuvers to current OPOTC standards
  • Demonstrate basic crowd control techniques and riot formations
  • Pass the mandated physical fitness test standards as required by OPOTC
  • Demonstrate proficient performance of required Arrest and Control techniques to current OPOTC and Columbus State Community College Police Academy standards
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the high-risk, high liability areas encountered as a law enforcement officer
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior as a law enforcement officer.

Criminal Justice Major-Professional Track

A graduate majoring in the Criminal Justice-Professional track will be able to:

  • Define the parameters of ethical law enforcement and the responsibilities to the Criminal Justice System as a whole and how to impart ethical standards to individual officers and an agency
  • Define the elements necessary within a career development program to assure promotion within a law enforcement agency
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the necessary elements required for effective and positive law enforcement leadership
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively instruct relevant topics within the criminal justice field.

Criminal Justice - Corrections Major AAS

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
MATH 1050 Elementary Algebra 5
. OR .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
CRJ 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice  3
CRJ 1025 Criminology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16-18
Semester 2 . .
ENGL 2367 Composition II – American Identity  3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
XXXX XXXX Natural Science - Refer to approved list  4
CRJ 1040 Penology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Summer Semester . .
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
COMM 1105 Oral Communications  3
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective  2
CRJ 1016 Government and the Law  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
Semester 3 . .
CRJ 2030 Criminal Investigation I  3
CRJ 2017 Criminal Law  3
CRJ 2031 Interviewing Techniques  3
CRJ 2043 Institutional Corrections  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 4 . .
CRJ 2901 Criminal Justice Practicum & Seminar  3
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective  2
CRJ 2041 Special Category Offender  3
CRJ 2042 Community Based Corrections  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 66-68

Technical Electives:

CRJ 1044 Correctional Law  2
CRJ 2040 Correctional Administration  2
CRJ 2011 Crisis Intervention  2
CRJ 1045 Juveniles CRJ System  2

Natural Science Electives: (Corrections Major)

BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I  4
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I  4
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science  4

Criminal Justice Major AAS

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
MATH 1050 Elementary Algebra 3
. OR .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics  3
CRJ 1001 Introduction Criminal Justice  3
CRJ 1016 Government and the Law  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 2 . .
ENGL 2367 Composition II  3
CRJ 1015 Criminal Procedure  4
XXXX XXXX Natural Science - Refer to approved list  4
SPAN 1120 Spanish for Criminal Justice  2
CRJ 1025 Criminology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Summer Semester . .
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
COMM 1105 Oral Communications  3
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective  3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 3 . .
CRJ 2030 Criminal Investigation I  3
CRJ 2017 Criminal Law  3
CRJ 1010 Policing  3
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective  3
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 4 . .
CRJ 2020 Constitutional Law  3
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective  2
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
CRJ 2901 CRJ Practicum/Seminar  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 70

Technical Electives:
Crime Prevention:

CRJ 2026 Crime Prevention  2
CRJ 2027 Public Relations  2
CRJ 2024 Community Relations  2

Victim Witness Advocacy:

CRJ 2011 Crisis Intervention  2
CRJ 2012 Victimology  2
CRJ 1045 Juveniles & the CRJ System  2

Crime Scene Investigations:

CRJ 2001 Crime Scene Investigations I  3
CRJ 2002 Crime Scene Investigations II  3
CRJ 2003 Crime Scene Investigations III  3

Technology:

CRJ 2021 Introduction to Cyberlaw  3

Homeland Security:

CRJ 1050 Introduction to Homeland Security  3
CRJ 1051 Intelligence Analysis & Security Mgmt  3
CRJ 1052 Transportation & Border Security  3

Criminal Justice – Criminal Justice Major Academy Track

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
MATH 1050 Elementary Algebra 5
. OR .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
CRJ 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice  3
CRJ 1016 Government and the Law  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16 - 18
Semester 2 . .
ENGL 2367 Composition II – American Identity  3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
XXXX XXXX Natural Science - Refer to approved list  4
CRJ 1015 Criminal Procedure  3
CRJ 1025 Criminology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Summer Semester . .
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
COMM 1105 Oral Communications  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
SPAN 1120 Spanish for Criminal Justice  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
Semester 3 . .
CRJ 2075 Peace Officer Academy I  6
CRJ 2076 Peace Officer Academy II  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
Semester 4 . .
CRJ 2077 Peace Officer Academy III  6
CRJ 2078 Peace Officer Academy IV  6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 66-68

Natural Science Electives: (Criminal Justice Major)

BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I  4
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I  4
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science  4

Criminal Justice Major - Professional Track*

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
CRJ 2075 Peace Officer Academy I*  6
CRJ 2076 Peace Officer Academy II*  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
Semester 2 . .
CRJ 2077 Peace Officer Academy III*  6
CRJ 2078 Peace Officer Academy IV*  6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Summer Semester . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
XXXX XXXX Natural Science - Refer to approved list  4
CRJ 2006 Ethics in Criminal Justice  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 3 . .
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
MATH 1050 Elementary Algebra 5
. OR .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
. OR .
CRJ 2007 Criminal Justice Promotion  3
COMM 1105 Oral Communications  3
SPAN 1120 Spanish for Criminal Justice  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14-16
Semester 4 . .
ENGL 2367 Composition II – American Identity  3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
CRJ 2008 Applied Leadership CRJ Professions  3
CRJ 2009 Teaching/Learning Public Safety Professions  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 66-68

*A law enforcement certification from the state of Ohio and at least three years full time law enforcement experience required for this degree program. See program information for further details.

GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

GE-NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

Criminal Justice Major Professional Track & Criminal Justice Major

ASTR 1141 Life in the Universe  3
ASTR 1161 The Solar System  3
ASTR 1162 Stars and Galaxies  3
ASTR 1400 Astronomy Laboratory  1
BIO 1112 Introduction to Biology I  4
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I  4
BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II  4
BIO 1125 Human Biology  4
BIO 1127 Plant Biology  4
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology  4
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
CHEM 1110 Chemistry and Society  5
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I  4
CHEM 1112 Elementary Chemistry II  4
CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I  5
CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II  5
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science  4
GEOL 1105 Geology and the National Parks  3
GEOL 1121 Physical Geology  4
GEOL1122 Historical Geology  4
GEOL 1151 Natural Disasters  3
PHYS 1103 World of Energy  3
PHYS 1106 Physics by Inquiry: Properties & Motion  5
PHYS 1200 Introductory Algebra-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II  5
PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Phys II  5