The Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration degree prepares students for careers in the criminal justice system. In addition to a thorough grounding in analytic and communication skills, the student will acquire specific knowledge needed to function in a variety of career opportunities in law enforcement agencies, government regulatory agencies, corrections facilities, or corporate security departments.
Upon completion of the program the student will have a thorough grounding in criminal theory and research methodologies, a basis for ethical decision making required of a career in the Criminal Justice System, be able to function as a professional staff member of a law enforcement agency, correction facility, corporate security department, or government regulatory agency, and be well prepared to attend graduate or professional school.
The Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice Studies degree engages students through a variety of multi-disciplinary options to prepare students with the analytical skills necessary for the complex challenges confronting criminal justice professionals. Students engage in scholarly research, court projects and other relevant activities to merge the theoretical concepts with a working knowledge of the criminal justice system and the law within a meaningful context.
Criminal Justice students study under the leadership of seasoned professionals with earned doctorate degrees and significant criminal justice experience in prosecution, law enforcement, corrections, social services and the forensic sciences.
Option: Collegiate Officer Program (COP)
This Collegiate Officer Program (COP) Option is a specific combination of academic courses and police skills training which leads to eligibility for peace officer certification upon graduation. The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) is the agency designated by Oklahoma law to administer all aspects of peace officer certification including regulations for law enforcement training. COP has been certified by CLEET as an equivalent substitute for CLEET Basic Peace Officer Academy.
The Law/Justice Option has been designed for individuals seeking a career in one of the components of the criminal justice system such as law enforcement, prosecution, or corrections. Hence, this degree has been structured to prepare criminal justice professionals to operate effectively within today’s legal environment balancing individual rights with the protection of society, interacting with a culturally diverse community, and protecting the public from increasingly complex threats.
Criminal Justice-Collegiate Officer Program (COP)