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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 Criminal Justice Major degree program prepares students for a variety of careers in federal, state or local criminal justice agencies. Groups of electives are designed to provide additional instruction in individual area of interest: Homeland Security, Crime Scene Investigations, Victim Advocacy, and Crime Prevention.

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 Law Enforcement 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 from 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 35  semester hours or their equivalent prior to the start of training
  • Completion of all state and college mandated police academy paperwork
  • 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
  • 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 Law Enforcement Professional Track degree program is designed for currently employed, sworn law enforcement professionals with a recommended three years of full-time experience or equivalent.  Individuals seeking a degree in this program must be Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission certified or an approved equivalent such as completion of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Academy. 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 70-72 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 and leadership positions at their respective agencies.

Crime Scene Investigations Certificate
The Crime Scene Investigations Certificate is designed for working professionals within the law enforcement or criminal justice field who are seeking to supplement prior training and education in an effort to advance their current or future career paths. This certificate will not automatically qualify or certify a person to become a crime scene investigator however it will provide the participant with a detailed overview and focus on crime scene investigatory practices.

Homeland Security Certificate
The Homeland Security Certificate offering is designed for professionals currently working in, or seeking to obtain a position in the private or public security field. The required courses within this certificate offering focus on a variety of related aspects including intelligence analysis and transportation/border security.

Victim-Witness Advocacy Certificate
The Victim-Witness Advocacy Certificate is designed for individuals seeking entry-level positions within the specific field of victim-witness advocacy.  Most related positions require additional training and education which is strongly recommended upon completion of this certificate offering.  This certificate is also designed to provide current professionals within the criminal justice field a greater level of education and understanding of the multiple aspects related to victim-witness advocacy.

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

  • Communicate effectively within all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, especially in the areas of enforcement, education, and community relations
  •  Gather, analyze, and interpret information for effective problem solving
  •  Demonstrate a working knowledge of legal, procedural, and theoretical fundamentals of the Criminal Justice System
  • Comprehend and demonstrate understanding of how the interworkings of the Criminal Justice System depend on limited resources, a diverse societal dynamic, and variations on the social-economic stratum.

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

  • Communicate effectively within all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, especially in the areas of enforcement, education, and community relations
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret information for effective problem solving
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of legal, procedural, and theoretical fundamentals of the Criminal Justice System
  • Comprehend and demonstrate understanding of how the interworkings of the Criminal Justice System depend on limited resources, a diverse societal dynamic, and variations on the social-economic stratum
  • Describe historical, legal, and policy practices of the corrections component of the criminal justice system

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

  • Communicate effectively within all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, especially in the areas of enforcement, education, and community relations
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret information for effective problem solving
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of legal, procedural, and theoretical fundamentals of the Criminal Justice System
  • Comprehend and demonstrate understanding of how the interworkings of the Criminal Justice System depend on limited resources, a diverse societal dynamic, and variations on the social-economic stratum
  • Successfully complete the Peace Officer Basic Training Academy (POBT) as governed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.

Law Enforcement Major-Professional Track
A graduate majoring in the Law Enforcement-Professional track will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively within all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, especially in the areas of enforcement, education, and community relations
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret information for effective problem solving
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of legal, procedural, and theoretical fundamentals of the Criminal Justice System
  • Comprehend and demonstrate understanding of how the interworkings of the Criminal Justice System depend on limited resources, a diverse societal dynamic, and variations on the social-economic stratum
  • Demonstrate effective instructional skills related to criminal justice education
  • Describe the character traits and abilities related to leadership and promotion in criminal justice.

Crime Scene Investigations Certificate
A person completing this certificate offering should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively within all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, especially the areas of enforcement, education, and community relations
  • Demonstrate the ability to process various types of crimescenes while adhering to accepted legal and scientific parameters for collecting, testing, and storing evidence
  • Demonstrate an ability to utilize evidence from a crime scene to help investigators, juries, and judges draw conclusions about how events transpired
  • Demonstrate an understanding and proper methods for adhering to the chain of custody with respect to pieces of evidence
  • Demonstrate an understanding and the proper methods to preserve evidence from its original state for testing, comparison, and courtroom presentation
  • Lean the basic elements of latent print development and comparison
  • Demonstrate the ability to photographically record a crime scene
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze a crime scene as it pertains to the overall investigation of a criminal case and how to work with criminal investigators as a team to identify and prosecute criminal defendants.

Homeland Security Certificate
A person completing this certificate offering should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively within all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, especially the areas of enforcement, education, and community relations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism
  • Identify characteristics, ideologies, motives and behaviors of various extremist and terrorist groups that foster and support terrorist, criminal activities
  • Demonstrate operational knowledge of intelligence gathering and analysis pertinent to homeland security and other threats facing government and private sectors
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how agencies, using
    various forms of intelligence, apply sound reasoning, formulate predictions and forecast terrorist activities
  • Identify general vulnerabilities and risks in transportation
    systems and border security systems
  • Demonstrate the roles, functions, and interdependency between local, federal, and international law enforcement and military agencies to foster border security.

Victim-Witness Advocacy Certificate
A person completing this certificate offering should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively within all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, especially the areas of enforcement, education, and community relations
  • Recognize the characteristics of persons in crisis
  • Demonstrate effective communication techniques when dealing with persons in crisis
  • Identify the role and duties of the victim advocate in the criminal justice system
  • Recognize the general impact of crime by how the victim experiences physical and mental traumatic consequences
  • Describe the methods and methodology used to track juvenile victimization
  • Participate in an internship program sponsored by an entity related to the field of victimology or crisis intervention

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 5
  or .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
CRJ 1001 Introduction Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 1016 Government and the Law 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16-18
Semester 2 . .
ENGL 2367 Composition II 3
CRJ 1015 Criminal Procedure 4
NAT XXXX Refer to approved GE - NAT list 4
SPAN 1120 Spanish for Law Enforcement 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 GE - HUM  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 2
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 4 . .
CRJ 2020 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective 3
CRJ 2901 CRJ Practicum/Seminar 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
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

Emerging Trends:

CRJ 2021 Introduction to Cyberlaw 3
CRJ 1035 Terrorism 3
CRJ 2094 Special Topics in Law Enforcement 3

Homeland Security:

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

Approved General Education/Natural Sciences (NAT) List - Criminal Justice Major ONLY

NAT  GE-NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

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 1111 Introduction to Biology I 4
BIO 1112 Human Biology 4
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I 4
BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II 4
BIO 1125 Plant Biology 4
BIO 1127 Environmental Science I 4
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology 4
BIO 2232 Human Physiology 4
CHEM 1100 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
GEOL 1122 Historical Geology 4
GEOL 1151 Natural Disasters 3
PHYS 1103 World of Energy 3
PHYS 1106 Physics by Inquiry: Properties & Motion 5
PHYS 1200 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

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
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13-15
Semester 2 . .
ENGL 2367 Composition II 3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list 3
XXX XXXX Natural Science Elective 4
CRJ 1040 Corrections 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Summer Semester . .
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective 2
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
COMM 1105 Oral Communications 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPAN 1120 Spanish for Law Enforcement 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 3 . .
CRJ 1016 Government and the Law 3
CRJ 2017 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 2030 Criminal Investigation I 3
CRJ 2043 Institutional Corrections 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 4 . .
CRJ 1025 Criminology 3
CRJ 2041 Special Category Offender 3
CRJ 2042 Community Based Corrections 3
CRJ 2901 Criminal Justice Practicum & Seminar 3
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 65-68

Technical Electives:

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

Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement 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 3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list 3
XXXX XXXX Natural Science Elective 4
CRJ 1015 Criminal Procedure 3
SPAN 1120 Spanish for Law Enforcement 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Summer Semester . .
CRJ 1025 Criminology 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
COMM 1105 Oral Communications 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 3 . .
CRJ 2075 Peace Officer Academy I 6
CRJ 2076 Peace Officer Academy II 5
CRJ XXXX Technical Elective 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 4 . .
CRJ 2077 Peace Officer Academy III 6
CRJ 2078 Peace Officer Academy IV 6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 68-70

Technical Electives:
See entire list under Criminal Justice Major.AAS

Law Enforcement 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
XXX XXXX Natural Science Elective 4
CRJ 2006 Ethics in Law Enforcement 3
FIRE 1101 Legal Issues for Emergency Serv 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17
Semester 3 . .
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH 1050 Elementary Algebra 5
  or .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
CRJ 2007 Law Enforcement Promotion 3
COMM 1105 Oral Communications 3
CRJ 2031 Interviewing Techniques 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15-17
Semester 4 . .
ENGL 2367 Composition II 3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM 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 . 70-72

*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.

Approved List of General Education/Humanities (HUM) Electives

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 to 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

Crime Scene Investigation Certificate

Semester 1 . .
CRJ 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice  3
CRJ 2001 Crime Scene Investigation I  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
Semester 2 . .
CRJ 2002 Crime Scene Investigation II  3
CRJ 2030 Criminal Investigation I  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
Summer Semester . .
CRJ 2003 Crime Scene Investigation III  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 15

Homeland Security Certificate

Semester 1 . .
CRJ 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice  3
CRJ 1050 Introduction to Homeland Security  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS .  6
Semester 2 . .
CRJ 1051 Intelligence Analysis  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Summer Semester . .
CRJ 1052 Transportation and Border Security  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 12

Victim-Witness Advocacy Certificate

Semester 1 . .
CRJ 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice  3
CRJ 2011 Crisis Intervention  2
CRJ 2012 Victimology  2
CRJ 1045 Juveniles & the CRJ System  2
CRJ 2901 Criminal Justice Practicum & Seminar  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 12