CRIMINAL JUSTICE - Xavier University

CRIMINAL JUSTICE - Xavier University




and delinquency in our society from types, incidence, prevalence and

distribution to causes and remedies. It further explores the philosophy

and ideology, theory and practice, structure and process, policy and

programs, and problems and issues of police, courts and corrections.

Students also examine the fundamental elements of criminal and

constitutional law, and develop the skills to perform, analyze and

evaluate social research.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice

Minors: Criminal justice, corrections

Certificate in Criminalistics (forensic science)

The Xavier Advantage:

Gain solid competence and be ready to work within criminal justice

agencies or institutions that focus on crime and justice.

Complete a practicum/internship and explore career paths at such

sites as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ohio Department

of Rehabilitation and Corrections, and various police and law

enforcement agencies.

Enhance your study of criminal justice and prepare for your career

by participating in the Criminal Justice Society, which sponsors

activities, speakers and service activities for students.

Earn recognition for outstanding academic achievements by the

Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Establish professional contacts in the field through the

undergraduate mentorship program.

Xavier criminal justice graduates go on to:

Adult and juvenile correctional facilities

Crime labs

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Private corporations in global security

Graduate programs in law, criminal justice and other fields

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These schedules serve as a guideline for progress toward a degree. Students should consult with their academic advisor.

First Semester Sem. Hrs. Second Semester Sem. Hrs.


History I elective 3 History II elective 3

THEO 111, Theological Foundations 3 CJUS 101, Intro to Criminal Justice* 3

Foreign Language elective 3 Foreign Language elective 3

Science elective 3 Science elective 3

ENGL 101, Engl Comp OR 115 Rhetoric 3 PHIL 100, Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3

Total 15 Total 15


CJUS 103, Intro to Corrections 3 CJUS 206, Criminology 3

Theology Scrpt/Hist OR Christ Sys elective 3 PHIL 290, Theory of Knowledge 3

CJUS 102, Intro to Law Enforcement 3 Social Science elective 3

Mathematics elective 3 Mathematics elective 3

Literature elective 3 Fine Arts elective 3

Total 15 Total 15


Theology Ethics OR Rel/Cult elective 3 CJUS 381, Methods of Res in Crim Justice 3

Criminal Justice elective 3 CJUS 240, Criminal Law 3

CJUS 210, Basic Constitutional Law & Just 3 General elective 3

Social Science elective 3 ENGL/CLAS/SPAN/FREN 205 Lit & Moral Imag 3

General elective 3 Science elective 3

Total 15 Total 15


CJUS 482, Planned Change/Admin 3 CJUS 489, Senior Seminar/Capstone 3

CJUS 391, Criminal Justice Practicum 3 Criminal Justice elective 3

Criminal Justice elective 3 General electives 8

Philosophy elective 3

E/RS Focus elective 1 3

Total 15 Total 14

* CJUS 101 may be used to fulfill a social science elective.

Scheduling notes: 1 E/RS Focus elective requirement may be used to satisfy another element of the Core or the major requirements.

• Consult the undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements.

• A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree.

• Students are required to take 6 hours of approved courses representing two different disciplines to fulfill the Core Diversity requirement.

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The Department of Criminal Justice offers the Bachelor of Science

(BS) in Criminal Justice. Along with this degree, students also may

choose to obtain a Certificate in Criminalistics (forensic science).

The department also offers minors in criminal justice and in


Criminal justice faculty members engage in research and

publishing, and are active in a wide array of professional and civic

organizations. Professors are committed, first and foremost, to

teaching. The faculty is readily available to work with students

outside the classroom. Classes are typically small, and students

and faculty get to know each other on an individual basis.

In addition to their classroom studies, students are required

to complete a 150-clock-hour practicum/internship. Internship

sites include:

u Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

u County prosecutor offices

u Federal Bureau of Investigation

u Hamilton Choices

u Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

u Police/law enforcement agencies

u Procter & Gamble

u Probation agencies

u Talbert (Halfway) House

u U.S. Bureau of Prisons

The criminal justice advisory board helps the department

formulate curriculum strategy to ensure that courses are

current, applicable and relevant to the professional community.

Advisory board members also are invited to serve as mentors for

undergraduate students and participate in faculty recruitment. In

addition, they provide strategic advice on the outreach activities

of the department in order to provide internship and other

opportunities to students. Advisory board members represent such

firms as the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction,

Ohio Court of Appeal-First District, Hamilton County Juvenile

Court, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Procter & Gamble

Global Security, Cincinnati Police Department and Luxottica Retail

Loss Prevention.


The Xavier Department of Criminal Justice offers students the

unique opportunity to spend time behind bars while earning

three credit hours. The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

is a semester-long course that meets inside a prison located

approximately 25 miles north of Xavier University. The class

combines Xavier students with an equal number of incarcerated

men at Lebanon Correctional Institution. Both Xavier and Lebanon

students have the same syllabus and academic requirements.

Since 2007, dozens of Xavier students—from all majors—have

been transformed by the Inside-Out class.


A degree in criminal justice prepares students for a wide range

of occupations in the private sector and for careers in federal,

state and local government.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall

opportunities in local police departments will be favorable

for individuals who meet the psychological, personal and

physical qualifications. Many openings will be created by the

need to replace workers who retire and those who leave local

agencies for federal jobs and private-sector security jobs.

Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment

specialists is projected to grow about 19 percent through 2018,

faster than the average for all occupations.

Recent Xavier graduates have accepted positions in:

• Adult and juvenile correctional facilities

• Crime labs

• Federal Bureau of Investigation

• Private corporations in global security

• Police/law enforcement agencies

• Probation agencies

• Talbert (Halfway) House

• U.S. Bureau of Prisons

Xavier graduates in criminal justice also have been accepted

to graduate programs at the following institutions:

• Cleveland State

• Golden Gate University

• John Jay College

• Northern Kentucky University

• Ohio Northern University

University of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati

Criminal justice graduates also have chosen to pursue

law (J.D.) degrees at the following law schools:

• Capital University

• Cleveland State

• Northern Kentucky University

• Texas Tech University

University of Cincinnati

University of Dayton

The course focuses on such current social justice topics as:

why people commit crime; what prisons are for; punishment;

rehabilitation; victims and victimization; restorative justice; myths

and realities of prison life; and analysis of the American justice

system. To be considered for the course, students must complete a

separate application and be interviewed. Students from any major

may apply.



The Criminal Justice Department is part of the CSSHE, whose programs have a

special focus on society in the areas of education, health, community services

and more. The College houses a wide variety of departments that include

undergraduate programs, master’s degree programs and a doctoral program

in psychology.

The CSSHE prepares undergraduate and graduate students in the Jesuit

Catholic tradition intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and

professions of service by:

u Challenging students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning.

u Providing applied experiences grounded in theoretical foundations.

u Promoting collaboration and community partnerships.

u Incorporating research, scholarship, and innovation.

u Integrating ethical behavior and a respect for individual differences

and diversity.


The foundation of Xavier’s success is its commitment to its Jesuit heritage.

The Core Curriculum embodies Xavier’s mission and philosophy of education

and serves as a valuable foundation for all undergraduate students. Within

the Core, the four-course Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) Focus fosters

students’ understanding of socially significant issues through study of the

humanities, especially literature, philosophy and theology, as well as the social

and natural sciences. Along with courses in their major, Xavier students also

take Core courses in: cultural diversity, English composition, fine arts, foreign

language, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, science, social science

and theology.


Core Curriculum: Minimum 69 credit hours

Major in criminal justice: 39 semester hours of criminal justice courses,

which include 30 hours of required courses including: Introduction to Criminal

Justice, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Introduction to Corrections, Basic

Constitutional Law & American Justice, Criminology, Criminal Law, Senior

Capstone Seminar Methods of Research and a practicum (150 clock hours).

Nine hours of major elective courses are also required, which may include

(but are not limited to): Criminalistics (Forensic Science), Juvenile Justice, Legal

Aspects of Corrections, Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, Women in the

Criminal Justice System, and Terrorism & Homeland Security.


Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a Jesuit

Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio, annually

ranked among the nation’s best universities.

Its three colleges offer 85 undergraduate majors,

54 minors and 11 graduate programs to 7,019

total students, including 4,368 undergraduates.



Phone: 513-745-3301

877-XUADMIT (982-3648)

Fax: 513-745-4319




Y. Gail Hurst, PhD, Chair

Phone: 513-745-3518




On Campus: 155 Cohen Center

Office of Admission

3800 Victory Parkway

Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131

Xavier is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Information in this brochure is correct as of 8/11.

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