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Bachelor of Arts

This program prepares individuals who want to work in the justice field. This program seeks to equip the student for a fulfilling career with a foundational understanding of human behavior within a criminal, transformative, and restorative justice systems. Students will be prepared to serve society as ethical, caring, service-minded individuals and be men and women of character. A major in Criminal Justice opens the door to many jobs in law enforcement, corrections, court-related positions, and security.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  • Apply current and historical justice principles and practices to real-life situations.
  • Function within chosen area(s) of justice system with the insight of the functions and interdependencies of various areas.
  • Apply procedural rules and statutes through the criminal process.
  • Design alternatives to the conventional penal approaches through the lenses of transformative and restorative justice.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 43 Credits

SI131 Intermediate Algebra 3 credits

This course includes rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.

Prerequisite:
SI122
High School Algebra I

Offered every spring.

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SI152 College Algebra 3 credits

This pre-calculus algebra course includes equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series, and probability.

Prerequisite:
SI131
Placement test.

Offered every other fall.

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

PS207 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3 credits

This course is an introduction to statistics used in the behavioral sciences and in everyday life. Emphasis will be given to both conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics will be explored through simple statistical computations to more complex analysis. Students will be guided to be consumers of statistics by critically analyzing statistical findings.

Offered every fall semester.

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

MG112 Business Communications 3 credits

This course is designed to address and strengthen students’ skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms. Specific emphasis will be given to communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.

or

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

Elective Fine Arts, Music, Art or Literature Elective 2 credits

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

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MG322 Business Ethics 3 credits

This course will analyze and evaluate ethical and legal dilemmas facing individuals and business organizations. This is an inter-disciplinary course integrating and applying a Christian worldview and biblical principles to decision-making in business.

Prerequisite:
MG101
MG215

SS328 American Political Institutions I 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to American politics with emphasis on national institutions. Course topics include the political theory of the American Constitution, relational aspects of the three branches of government, responsibilities of state and federal governments, and the role of the courts in interpreting the law.

Prerequisite:
MG411
POL201

Offered every fall.

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RELIGION - 18 Credits

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102
GB100

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100
OT101

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100

Offered annually.

TH409 Theology Capstone for Non-Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification as interpreted by theologians of the Wesleyan tradition is studied in light of its scriptural foundations. This course is planned for non-ministry majors.

Prerequisite:
TH201
Graduating Seniors Only

Offered annually.

GENERAL ELECTIVES - 14 Credits

MAJOR - 45 Credits

CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits

This course gives an overview of fundamental concepts related to the criminal justice system: law enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, and security. It includes views from psychology, sociology, and criminology, as well as a Christian and biblical worldview. Students will be encouraged to develop their own personalized view of criminology and introduced to restorative justice.

CJ203 Criminal Justice Roundtables 0 credits

The Criminal Justice program holds a few Criminal Justice roundtables every year with criminal justice professionals from local, county, state and federal agencies. These roundtables are designed to give students an opportunity to understand how theory and practice come together in the actual experiences of significant criminal justice professionals. Students will be required to interact and network with these leaders during and after the roundtables. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

Students must complete two of these.

CJ201 Law Enforcement 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the development and organizational designs of America's law enforcement organizations. The role, behavior, and life of the officer within the contexts of law enforcement culture and society will be discussed.

CJ202 Criminal Investigations 3 credits

This course provides the foundations necessary for criminal investigations, including interviewing witnesses and suspects, collecting and preserving evidence, processing a crime scene, reporting, and following up.

CJ204 Technology in Criminal Justice 3 credits

This course provides an introduction of cyber rime and computer-related crime issues. The trends in cyber law and inter-jurisdictional implications will be examined in the context of criminal justice. The use of technology and systems by agencies will also be discussed.

CJ225 Corrections 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to historical, philosophical, and operational frameworks of the corrections system. The goals of punishment will be explored, along with alternatives to the conventional penal approach.

CJ251 Terrorism and Homeland Security 3 credits

This course provides a study of issues surrounding terrorism and the preventative and responsive nature of the Department of Homeland Security. Threats from domestic and international terrorism will be examined as well as the role of government, organizations, and citizens.

CJ302 Courts and Judicial Processes 3 credits

This course provides a study of the functions, operations, and decision-making processes of the judicial process in the United States, including an analysis of the role of courts and the function and responsibilities of the key personnel within them.

CJ304 Conflict Resolution 3 credits

This course provides a foundation to analyze conflict and engage with the appropriate methodology to work toward resolution. Students will learn effective methods of communication in employing conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation practices and skills.

CJ311 Victimology 3 credits

This course studies the role of the victim and the relationship between victims and offenders in criminology. The historic and current treatment of victims will be discussed as well as the problems and dilemmas faced by victims. Students will engage in the concept of theodicy for their personal understanding and communication with victims.

CJ312 Criminal Law 3 credits

This course provides a study of the fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts criminal justice. This course emphasizes the dynamic interaction among the individual, criminal justice, and society. The concepts of Christian ethics and proper conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.

CJ321 Administration of Justice 3 credits

This course provides a study of organizational theory and managerial principles which will be examined in their application to the administration of justice in the appropriate settings. Typical command level problems will be investigated as well as trends in criminal justice organizations.

CJ362 Restorative Justice 3 credits

This course examines the principles and applications of restorative justice theory which emphasizes human dignity and the healing of the community. The accomplishment of restorative justice through the cooperation of all stakeholders will be discussed. Students will engage in dilemmas within the criminal justice context that provide for discussion of Biblical principles of restoration.

CJ375 Criminal Justice Internship 3 credits

The Criminal Justice Internship is to be experiential learning by completing not less than a minimum of 90 actual hours in an internship in the criminal justice field. Interns should strive to gain appropriate and valuable experience, as well as apply the knowledge they have gained in their various courses. Students will be required to obtain feedback from the organization providing the internship. Students are responsible for arranging their own internships.

CJ451 Criminal Justice Capstone 3 credits

This course provides an experience to synthesize various components of the criminal justice system. Students will integrate learning from all course work in solving complex problems and preparing for their career after graduation.

GOV302 Washington D.C. Experience 0 credits

The Washington D.C. Experience is designed for students to visit with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C.. The experience requires students to interact with these various leaders to discuss how government theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Washington D.C. Experiences (trips to Washington D.C.), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG200 School of Business & Government Conferences 0 credits

The School of Business & Government holds various conferences and Distinguished Speakers events. The goal of these events is to allow students to learn from experts, significant authorities, and leaders in various areas of significance to the School of Business & Government students. Further, for those events held on Ohio Christian University campus, students will be given the opportunity to network and meet these experts and authorities while on campus.

Students must complete two of these.

MG203 Distinguished Speakers Series 0 credits

The School of Business & Government hosts various significant experts and nationally recognized thought leaders. The goal of the Distinguished Speakers Series is to allow students to learn from experts, significant authorities, and leaders in various areas of significance to the students enrolled in the School of Business & Government students. Further, these Distinguished Speakers Series events are held on Ohio Christian University campus to give students the opportunity to network and meet these experts and authorities while on campus.

Students must complete eight of these.

MG206 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG304 Leadership Forum II 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

PS306 Psychology of Leadership 3 credits

This course examines the psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. The class will explore biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Students will understand the positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. The personal leadership and followership style of the individual student will be examined.