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Florida Catalog: Summer 2023-Spring 2024

Criminal Justice (B.S.) - Hegis Code 2105.00

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(Bachelor of Science Degree)

Criminal justice is the study of crime, its causes, and its effects on society. It is concerned with preventing and deterring criminal behavior, rehabilitating the offender, and providing a system where justice and rights are served. Graduates of the program have opportunities in a variety of criminal justice fields including policing, law, probation, juvenile services, private security, public administration/planning, counseling, research, and regulatory enforcement.

In addition to entry level employment opportunities, graduates may pursue advanced study in fields such as public administration, criminal justice and criminology, management, and law.

Learning Objectives

A student who graduates from the program will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Integrate key criminal justice and criminological concepts, processes, and issues, including landmark cases, technology, data, and skills within reality-based criminal justice scenarios.
  • Demonstrate competence, professionalism, and ethics with regard to diversity in the criminal justice system and the communities it serves. 
  • Evaluate theory, data, and other evidence to inform criminal justice policy and practice.   
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about crime and the criminal justice system, demonstrating critical thinking and statistical literacy. 

Special Requirements

Students in criminal justice are required to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) across major and major-related courses

Academic Requirements

General Education

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

43 credits

Major Course Requirements

55 Credit Hours

6 Credit Hours


The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

Program Credits

Core/General Education 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 55 Credits
Major Related Course Requirements 6 Credits
College Electives 0-19 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120


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