Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Justice Administration

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 Extended Learning 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!

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.

Testimonial

“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours
Justice Administration Major 48 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
  • ENF293 Criminology (w)
  • ENF335 Law Enforcement Supervision
  • ENF450 Crime Analysis
  • JUS461 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice (w)
  • POL101 Introducation to the American Political Process
  • POL207 The Courts
  • POL320 Public Administration
  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society (w)
  • One Open Elective class

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.

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

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

Extended Learning - Offered in two terms per semester with start dates of January and August

Locations include:

  • Owens Community College – Toledo Campus
  • Terra State Community College

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

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

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

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

Testimonials

  • Xin Guo
    "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

    Xin Guo
  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "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

    Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

    Students in game room
  • "TU gave me the extra boost needed to move forward with accomplishing my dream of becoming a small business owner. With the help and encouragement of my professors and coach, I was able to take that leap into the business world knowing I could not succeed if I did not take risks."

    – Emily Miller

    "TU gave me the extra boost needed to move forward with accomplishing my dream of becoming a small business owner. With the help and encouragement of my professors and coach, I was able to take that leap into the business world knowing I could not succeed
  • I could not have asked for better faculty. I love how small