Marygrove College Online | Corrections – Probation Officer

Format and Requirements

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Marygrove College is designed for the working professional and is earned completely online.

Program Format

New students are accepted into the Bachelor of Criminal Justice program every seven weeks. Each semester is divided into two seven week terms. Students may take two classes each term for a total of four classes a semester.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Requirements Semester Hours
Major Required Courses: 31 Semester Hours
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 200 Sociological Perspectives of Crime (Preq. CJ 110)
CJ 240 Corrections (Preq. CJ 110)
CJ 330 Criminal Behavior (Preq. CJ 110)
CJ 351 Restorative Justice (Preq. CJ 110 and 200)
CJ 356 Police and Society (Preq. CJ110)
CJ/SW 355 Social Research Methods (MTH 100 and SOC 201)
CJ 380 Criminal Law (Preq. CJ 110)
CJ 495 Restorative Justice Practices (Preq. CJ 351)
CJ 496 Senior Seminar (Preq. Eng. 312, Senior standing)

Electives: 9 Semester Hours
Students must choose 3 courses from the list below:

CJ 345 Diversity in Criminal Justice (Prereq. CJ 110)
CJ 346 Victimology (Prereq. CJ 110 or SOC 201)
CJ 320 Juvenile Delinquency (Preq. CJ110 or SOC 201)
CJ 352 Women in the American Justice System (Preq. CJ 110 or SOC 201)
CJ 400 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Preq. CJ 110, senior standing)
CJ 493 Readings in Criminal Justice (Preq. CJ 110, senior standing, permission

Related Discipline Requirements: 12 semester hours
Students must choose 4 courses from the following:

CIS 210 Microcomputer Applications
BUS 363 Leadership
PHL 225 Ethics
POL 201 Public Administration
SOC 335 Crisis Management (Preq. SOC 201)

Free Electives:
Approved transfer credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities, military training approved for academic credit through the American Council on Education and approved technical/professional training credit. Free elective deficiencies may be satisfied with other coursework taken through Marygrove College.
General Education Requirements:

MTH 100 – Algebra
ENG 107 English Comp I
ENG 108 English Comp II
English 312
IS 300
HIS 252 History of the United States I
ENG 160 Introduction to Literature Science
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology
PHL 225 Ethics
RS 150 Religions of the World

Total Hours to Earn a Degree 120

Major Core Course Descriptions

CJ 110: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)

Overview of the various components of the justice system. This course investigates social order and the notion of justice as examined in its respective relationships to various forms of social institutions. It provides an examination of the roles, objectives, and methods of institutions such as the police, the courts, corrections, and the community and their relationships within the larger framework of public policy.

CJ 200: Sociological Perspectives of Crime (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: CJ 110

This course seeks to provide a sociological understanding in the study of crime. The nature, cause, control, treatment, and prevention of crime will be examined through a sociological lens. An emphasis on developing critical thinking skills when evaluating theory, policy, and research will be undertaken.

CJ 240: Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: CJ 110

Organizational and operational methods in correctional facilities (objectives, security levels, pre-release). Human concerns in custodial care. Includes co-ed and women’s facilities.

CJ 320: Juvenile Delinquency (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: CJ 110 or SOC 201

Provides an overview of juvenile behavior and the juvenile justice system in American society. A critical approach is used exploring the history and social construction of juvenile delinquency as a social phenomenon, theoretical explanations for delinquent behavior, experiences of juvenile delinquents, and the organizational processes and politics of the contemporary juvenile justice system.

CJ 330: Criminal Behavior (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite: CJ 110

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of crime and criminality. The nature and extent of crime along with various explanations of crime and criminality will be examined.

CJ 345: Diversity in Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: CJ 110

This course examines the interrelationship of race, class, and gender with the criminal justice system in law enforcement and the correctional system.

CJ 346: Victimology (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: CJ 110 or SOC 201

Theories and history shaping the bio-psycho-social and environmental characteristics of crime and violent victimization are examined with emphasis on their intersection with issues of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

CJ 351: Restorative Justice (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: CJ 110, CJ 200

This course is an overview of community and restorative justice. It is an introductory analysis of the principles and practices of restorative justice. Restorative justice offers an approach to criminal justice based on a balanced focus on the victim, offender, and community.

CJ 352: Women in the American Criminal Justice System (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: CJ 110 or SOC 201

Focuses on women as offenders, victims, and professionals in the criminal justice system with particular emphasis on ethnicity as an influencing factor.

CJ 355: Social Research Methods (4 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: MTH 100, SOC 201.

Provides a beginning understanding and appreciation of social research. Emphasizes the use and production of research for improving one’s effectiveness as a generalist social work practitioner or social science professional. Students become familiar with different social research approaches (using both quantitative and qualitative data) and learn a method for effectively evaluating research studies. Includes a series of experiential exercises that lead students step-by-step through the research process: deciding and developing a research question, specifying sampling strategy, selecting or developing appropriate measures, planning and carrying out a data collection, analyzing data, writing a research paper, etc. Emphasizes important ethical and human diversity issues raised throughout the research process.

CJ 356: Police and Society (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: CJ 110

The relationship between police and society in the United States will be examined. This course offers students an overview of who the police are and what they do. It will look at problems related to policing, and the many reforms and innovations that have been attempted in police work.

CJ 380: Criminal Law (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: CJ 110

Processes of U.S. and state court systems. Studies constitutional law regarding due process, search and seizure. Includes selected precedent-setting cases. Examines American Correctional Association standards.

CJ 400: Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: CJ 110, senior standing.

Selected topics and issues in criminal justice as chosen by the instructor.

CJ 493: Readings in Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: For CJ majors. CJ 110, senior standing, permission instructor.

In-depth investigation of a selected area of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

CJ 495: Restorative Justice Practices (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: CJ 351

This course is a continuation of CJ 351 Restorative Justice. This seminar will take a critical look at traditional government responses to crime in the United States and examine how the principles and practice of restorative justice may improve that response. The application of the principles of restorative justice and the challenges of a restorative approach will be addressed.

CJ 496: Senior Seminar Project (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 312, CJ 355, senior standing

Topic to be selected by student with approval of instructor. May be library research based or an original research project. Requires written and oral presentations. Writing intensive.

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