Dec 06, 2021  
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 9 
    
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 9 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program


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Program Overview


The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice degree program is a practitioner-oriented program that is designed to prepare students to be successful professionals in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, and security. The curriculum is designed to provide students with critical thinking, communication, research, and professional skills that contribute to career development.

In addition to core course work students complete two concentrations from the following categories:

  • Corrections
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Homeland Security
  • Management
  • Police
  • Security Management
  • Substance Abuse

All students admitted to the BS in Criminal Justice degree program are expected to possess the following basic skills: The ability to use standard written and spoken English effectively; basic calculation skills (pre-algebra) and the ability to use a calculator to perform basic operations.

Program Learning Outcomes


  •  Interpret the historical foundations and contemporary theories associated with the causes of crime, systems of social control, law enforcement, judicial process, and correctional philosophies.
  • Apply principles of scientific methodology in order to solve varied and complex problems associated with the management of public safety and maintenance of social control.
  • Recognize the purposes for, and be able to ethically apply, laws, policies, procedures, and operational techniques to the investigation, detection, apprehension, adjudication, and rehabilitation or punishment of criminal offenders.
  • Use basic research methods for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting statistical data associated with criminal activity, law enforcement, the judicial process, and
    corrections.
  • Gather, document and communicate pertinent information, using software systems, computer technology, and other resources.
  • Use information to enhance operational performance, aid in strategic planning, predict crime trends, and promote personal safety.
  • Analyze and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a diverse society and manage social problems and interpersonal conflict with due respect for race, ethnicity, gender,
    religion, culture, economic status, and lifestyle.


Admission Requirements


  • Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED documented by one of the following:
    • Official high school transcript
    • State issued high school equivalency (home school)
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document
    • Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies that shows proof of high school graduation or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation

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  • Official college transcript from a completed associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”

Other Admission Requirements 


All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement)

Graduation Requirements


  • Satisfactory completion of all required courses within the program  with a grade of “C-” or better
  • Completion of 120 credit hours as follows
    • 42 credit hours General Education Curriculum Requirements1
    • 30 credit hours Core Course Requirements
    • 24 credit hours Concentration Requirements
    • 24 credit hours Open Elective Requirements2
    • Completion of a minimum of 42 credit hours of upper division courses
    • An Argosy University GPA of 2.0 or higher
    • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration

1 The General Education Requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours. To satisfy these requirements, students choose an additional general education elective. Open Electives Requirements are 7 courses or 21 credit hours. The total credit hours required to complete the program remains the same at 120 credit hours.

2 The Open Electives Requirements are 21 credit hours at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa.

 Program Requirements


The BS in Criminal Justice degree program requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours distributed as follows.

General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 credit hours)³


  • 6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills4
  • 6 credit hours in communications
  • 6 credit hours in humanities5
  • 6 credit hours in social sciences6
  • 6 credit hours in natural science
  • 6 credit hours in mathematics
  • 6 credit hours in elective courses (in any general education distribution area)7

3 The General Education Requirements at Argosy University, Tampa  and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours.

4 To satisfy the Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements, students are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success   and PSY 180 Interpersonal Effectiveness  during the first semester of attendance. The requirement to take ASP100 Skills for Success will be waived for students who are admitted with a CGPA of 2.0 and who have either 1) completed an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or 2) transferred in at least 60 semester credit hours of college level course work at the time of admission. Transfer credit is not accepted for either PSY180 Interpersonal Effectiveness for ASP100 Skills for Success. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of PSY180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities who are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success apply this course towards the Open Electives requirements.

5 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the humanities category.

Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the social sciences category.

Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are required to take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 3 credit hours general education elective courses. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success take an additional 3 credit hours of general education elective courses as follows. Students at all campuses except Argosy University, Sarasota, Argosy University, Tampa, and Argosy University, Twin Cities take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa take 12 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP100 Skills for Success towards the open elective requirements of their selected degree program, and therefore their general education elective requirements are not impacted by the course waiver.

Core Curriculum Requirements (30 credit hours)


Students are required to complete ten core courses or 30 credit hours.

Concentration Requirements


Students are required to complete two concentrations which enable them to tailor their program to fit their career goals. Each concentration is comprised of four courses or 12 credit hours. Options include Corrections, Forensic Psychology, Homeland Security, Management, Police, Security Management, Substance Abuse, and Customized Concentration.

Corrections Concentration Requirements


The Corrections Concentration is designed for students who are interested in entry-level careers in adult or juvenile corrections or probation and parole.

Corrections Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


Corrections Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours


Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements


The Forensic Psychology Concentration is designed to provide students with a psychological perspective for understanding crime and its causes.

Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours


Homeland Security Concentration Requirements


The Homeland Security Concentration is designed for students who desire to enhance their understanding of foreign and domestic threats to national security and/or who may be interested in entry-level careers with state or federal Homeland Security agencies.

Homeland Security Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


Homeland Security Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours


Management Concentration Requirements


The Management Concentration is designed to provide students with an understanding of business management practices that can benefit leaders in various criminal justice fields.

Management Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


Management Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours


Police Concentration Requirements


The Police Concentration is designed for students interested in law enforcement careers.

Police Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours


Security Management Concentration Requirements


The Security Management Concentration is designed for students interested in entry-level careers in public or private security.

Security Management Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


Security Management Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours


Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements


The Substance Abuse Concentration is designed to provide students with an understanding of the nature and impact of the abuse of controlled substances on individuals, families and society.

Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours


Open Electives Requirements (24 credit hours)


Students choose eight courses from any area with the approval of their program chair.

Note

The Open Electives requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are seven courses or 21 credit hours..

Note

Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP 100 Skills for Success  towards the Open Electives Requirements. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success may select a different course to apply towards the Open Electives requirements.

Customized Concentration Requirements


Upon the approval of the program chair, students may select any combination of courses within the Criminal Justice concentration offerings to complete a customized concentration.
 

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