COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HEALTH, AND EDUCATION
CRIMINAL JUSTICE INVESTIGATES all aspects of crime
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
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
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Private corporations in global security
Graduate programs in law, criminal justice and other fields
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XAVIER UNIVERSITY: A JESUIT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY IN CINCINNATI, OHIO
RECOMMENDED CLASS SCHEDULES
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE [BS] IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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.
For additional degree class schedules, please visit www.xavier.edu/criminal-justice.
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
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
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
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES,
HEALTH, AND EDUCATION (CSSHE)
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
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
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
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.
XAVIER AT A GLANCE
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
OFFICE OF ADMISSION
DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Y. Gail Hurst, PhD, Chair
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.