Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Program Overview

Chair, Department of Continuing Studies: Mark L. Parker
Program Manager: B. Allison Crowson

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program (BSCJ) is a degree-completion program designed for experienced law enforcement and criminal justice professionals who seek to complete their bachelor's degree thus enhancing opportunities for advancement within their careers or opportunities within the intelligence and security community. This program is an excellent and logical fit for the military population and specifically, soldiers within Army Special Operations (USASOC) and the Marine Corps who have specialized training in the areas of law enforcement, security, and intelligence. The 63-credit program (of the 123 credits needed for the degree) offers a solid foundation of criminal justice courses as well as a minor in Intelligence and Security.

In addition, the program offers an option in which students complete foundation courses and then draw from a wide range of courses to self-design their program. Additional requirements include general education courses and electives. Students will complete a field study course and a capstone as part of the degree requirement.

Students entering the Criminal Justice degree program may receive the equivalent of up to 60 semester credits for military training and/or law enforcement training courses as reviewed for credit by the American Council on Education or a similarly recognized organization. Students may also transfer up to an additional 24 semester-credit hour equivalents from other accredited institutions of higher education for courses that meet specific course requirements in the BSCJ program. Students complete the remaining credits through Norwich University in a structured program that will typically require two to four years to complete, depending upon a student’s full-time or part-time enrollment status and military deployment schedule.

Curriculum Requirements

Pre-Program Education and Training

Students accepted into the Criminal Justice degree program must have earned a minimum of 60 semester credits from college courses, military training, or other educational experiences such as CLEP tests. A maximum of 84 semester credits may be transferred into the program.General education courses listed below are required unless applicants transfer in approved coursework or training from other institutions.

Number of Semester Credits

General Education Courses
Students complete all of the following:
ENGL 250Crime in Literature3
HIST 310Historical Studies3
RELG 300Comparative Religion3
SCIE 202Science, Technology and Procedures in Forensic Investigations3
SCIE 301Environmental Science3
MATH 232Elementary Statistics3
Core Courses
Students complete all of the following:
CRMJ 201Foundations Criminal Justice3
SOCI 209Methods of Social Science Research3
SOCI 220Cultural Issues & CJ System3
COMM 302Data Analysis and Writing3
PHLS 324Criminal Justice Ethics3
Degree Electives
Students complete 18 credits from the following:18
Tech-Mediated Communication3
Intercultural Communication3
The Study of Crime3
Law Enforcement Administration3
Procedural Due Process3
History of US Constitution3
Cyber Crime and Security3
Emergency & Disaster Relief6
Intro Homeland Security Intell3
Global Security & Intelligence3
Security Coordin&Collaboration3
Intelligence Management3
Critical Thinking3
National Security Policy3
Domestic Terrorism3
International Terrorism3
Immigration Law and Policy3
Drugs and Gangs3
Public Safety Diverse Society3
Emergency and Disaster Relief Operations6
Insurgency and Conflict6
Information Operations6
Field Study and Capstone Courses
Students select one of the following field study courses:6
Culture and Anthropology6
Area Studies6
Economic Studies6
Selected Topics6
Required Capstone Course
CRMJ 400Capstone6
Total Credits63

Minor in Intelligence and Security

Students seeking to earn the minor in Intelligence and Security must complete 24 semester credits in the minor.

Minor Courses
COMM 312Intercultural Communication3
INOP 316Info Ops & Infrastructure3
INSC 311Intro Homeland Security Intell3
INSC 313Global Security & Intelligence3
INSC 315Security Coordin&Collaboration3
INSC 320Intelligence Management3
POLS 302National Security Policy3
POLS 325Immigration Law and Policy3
Total Credits24
Faculty Member Institution at which highest degree was earned
Art Amann, MSCJNova Southeastern University
Mark Beckner, MSCJUniversity of Colorado-Denver
David Blank, PhDDartmouth College
Natalia Blank, PhDDartmouth College
Frank Colaprete, PhDNova Southeastern University
Michael D'Ambrosio, MSCJUniversity of Cincinnati
Barbara Foreman, MJANorwich University
Walter Hale, EdDMercyhurst College
Donal Hartman, JD, LLMGonzaga University School of Law
Paul Katsampes, DPAUniversity of Colorado at Denver
Kathleen McDonald, PhDUniversity of Albany, SUNY
Jevon Thompson, MPANorwich University