Criminal Justice, Associates


Gain the essential understanding of government, the legal system, people and their cultures to be successful in administering and enforcing the laws of the land.

Criminal justice careers are available in numerous areas including: law enforcement, courts, probation, parole, juvenile and adult corrections, and case work, as well as the significant and growing need for qualified people in private sector security and investigation. Individuals who choose to follow any of the career paths within the criminal justice field must possess both education and commitment. As society becomes more sophisticated and complex, those who are responsible for administering and enforcing laws must be able to not only cope, but to succeed. A well rounded education based on the social behavioral sciences is a proven asset in obtaining that success in the criminal justice system.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the associate degree, students in Criminal Justice are expected to be able to:

  • An orientation toward ethical practices in the pursuit of justice;
  • An awareness and understanding of the criminal justice system and its role in a democratic society, from structural components of various institutions to problems confronted in the law enforcement and corrections agencies;
  • A knowledge of the organizational structure and policy procedures of police agencies in contemporary society, as well as an appreciation for the issues and dilemmas the institution confronts;
  • An understanding of the law—criminal, civil and personal liability/injury, due process, equal protection under the law and the role investigations play in the process, focusing on investigation techniques and the evaluation and preservation of data;
  • A knowledge of the nature, causes, treatment, and prevention of crime and evidence from the physiological, psychological, and sociological perspectives.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Criminal Justice program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2021-22.

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Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Criminal Justice program does not lead to professional licensure.

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Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Criminal Justice program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.