Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Associate Dean 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 program offers a solid foundation of criminal justice courses as well as a minor in Intelligence and Security Management

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 90 credit hours for prior college coursework, military training, and/or law enforcement training courses as reviewed for credit by the American Council on Education or a similarly recognized organization. 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

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) is designed for students with at least 30 credit hours of prior college coursework or its equivalent in eligible military or professional training. The program consists of four curriculum areas: 

  • Core Courses
  • Degree Electives
  • Field Study Courses
  • Capstone
Core Courses
Students complete all of the following:
COMM 302Data Analysis and Writing3
CRMJ 201Foundations Criminal Justice3
ENGL 250Crime in Literature3
HIST 210History of US Constitution3
MATH 232Elementary Statistics3
PHLS 324Criminal Justice Ethics3
RELG 300Comparative Religion3
SCIE 202Science, Technology and Procedures in Forensic Investigations3
SCIE 301Environmental Science3
SOCI 209Methods of Social Science Research3
SOCI 220Cultural Issues & CJ System3
Degree Electives
Students complete 15 credits from the following:15
COMM 312Intercultural Communication3
CRMJ 303The Study of Crime3
CRMJ 305Law Enforcement Administration3
CRMJ 306Procedural Due Process3
HIST 310Historical Studies3
INOP 302Cyber Crime and Security3
INOP 310Emergency & Disaster Relief6
INSC 311Intro Homeland Security Intell3
INSC 313Global Security & Intelligence3
INSC 315Security Coordin&Collaboration3
INSC 320Intelligence Management3
POLS 302National Security Policy3
POLS 316Domestic Terrorism3
POLS 318International Terrorism3
SOCI 322Drugs and Gangs3
SOCI 325Public Safety Diverse Society3
SSDA 310Emergency and Disaster Relief Operations6
SSDA 315Insurgency and Conflict6
SSDA 320Information Operations6
Field Study Courses
Students complete one of the following field study courses:6
INDE 490Selected Topics6
ECON 401Economic Studies6
SOCI 401Culture and Anthropology6
SOCI 406Area Studies6
Required Capstone Course
CRMJ 400Capstone6
Total Cr.60

Minor in Intelligence and Security

Students seeking the minor in Intelligence and Security must complete 18 semester-credits from the following courses. 

Minor Courses
Intercultural Communication3
Info Ops & Infrastructure3
Intro Homeland Security Intell3
Global Security & Intelligence3
Security Coordin&Collaboration3
Intelligence Management3
National Security Policy3

Pre-Program Education and Training

Students accepted into the Criminal Justice degree program must have earned a minimum of 30 semester credits from college courses, military training, or other educational experiences such as CLEP tests. A maximum of 90 semester credits may be transferred into the program.

General Education

Students are required to meet general education competencies in writing, literature, history, arts and humanities, science, social science, and math and may do so by transfer credit or enrollment in courses offered through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Transfer Credit and Student Progress in the Program

CLEP and DSST exams may be accepted for transfer credit by the program manager, depending on the requirements of the Norwich course for which credit is sought. CLEP and DSST transcripts must be applied to a student’s record by the time they have earned 100 credits in their program. No credit derived from CLEP or DSST exams will be applied to the student’s record after this point.

Students must complete all core and elective coursework, including any courses necessary to fulfill required general education competencies, before being enrolled in a field study course unless given prior written approval by the program manager.

Students must complete all required coursework including any required field study courses before being enrolled in a capstone course, unless given prior written approval by the program manager.

All transfer credit must be applied to the student’s record before being enrolled in a capstone course.

Faculty Member Institution at which highest degree was earned
Art Amann, MSCJ Nova Southeastern University
Mark Beckner, MSCJ University of Colorado-Denver
David Blank, PhD Dartmouth College
Natalia Blank, PhD Dartmouth College
Frank Colaprete, PhD Nova Southeastern University
Michael D'Ambrosio, MSCJ University of Cincinnati
Barbara Foreman, MJA Norwich University
Walter Hale, EdD Mercyhurst College
Donal Hartman, JD, LLM Gonzaga University School of Law
Paul Katsampes, DPA University of Colorado at Denver
Kathleen McDonald, PhD University of Albany, SUNY
Jevon Thompson, MPA Norwich University