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 will take two classes each term for a total of four classes a semester.

Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Requirements Credit Hours
Major Required Courses: 31 Credit Hours
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice*
CJ 200 Sociological Perspectives of Crime
CJ 330 Criminal Behavior
CJ 351 Restorative Justice
CJ 240 Principles of Corrections
CJ 356 Police and Society*
CJ 355 Social Research Methods
CJ 380 Criminal Law*
CJ 495 Restorative Justice Practices
CJ 496 Senior Seminar

Electives: 9 Credit Hours
CJ 345 Diversity in Criminal Justice
CJ 346 Victimology
CJ 320 Juvenile Delinquency

Related Discipline Requirements: 12 Credit Hours**
PHL 225 Ethics
BUS 363 Leadership
POL 201 Public Administration
SOC 335 Crisis Management

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Transfer Credit:
Approved transfer credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities. Marygrove College accepts a maximum of 90 credit hours if transferring from a 4-year institution or a maximum of 60 credit hours if transferring from a 2-year institution. A student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours with Marygrove College.

Up to 90***
Prior Learning Credit:
Approved credit earned from military training approved for academic credit through the American Council on Education and approved technical/professional training credit or approved credit earned from continuing education in fields related to the major: law enforcement, public safety, military investigative services, emergency services etc. This credit will have to be submitted by the student and evaluated for the appropriate credit award.

Up to 30
General Education Requirements:

MTH 100 Algebra
ENG 107 Introduction to Writing
ENG 108 Academic Writing
English 312 Advanced Written and Oral Communication
IS 300
HIS 252 History of the United States
ENG 160 Introduction to Literature
SOC 201 Sociological Perspectives
ART
RS 150 Religion in the World

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Total Hours to Earn a Degree 120***

*Course is waived if academy credit is awarded.

**If academy credit is awarded, the student would only take 3 courses from the Related Discipline Requirement. PHL 225 is recommended as one of the three courses.

***All coursework listed above is required to complete the degree. A student may receive up to 90 hours of transfer credit from a 4-year institution or up to 60 hours of transfer credit from a 2-year institution and up to 30 hour of prior learning credit to reach 120 credit hours based on evaluation of student’s transcripts by the institution. A student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours through Marygrove College.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 495: Restorative Justice Practices (3 Credit Hours)

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)

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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