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Criminal Justice (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program provides an extensive overview of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, corrections, the judiciary, juvenile justice, probation and parole, and international justice. The program builds upon a solid liberal arts core to achieve a balanced criminal justice perspective, which includes an emphasis upon the victim, the offender, the criminal justice system, and society. The program’s objective is to develop a sound educational foundation for graduate work or professional practice at the bachelor’s level. Students are provided a set of core courses and experiences to orient them to the broader criminal justice system. Thereafter, they have the opportunity to specialize in law enforcement, corrections, legal studies, juvenile justice, international justice, or management in criminal justice.

Career tracks. By selecting from a defined list of elective courses, students can focus their studies on any of the following topics: corrections, juvenile justice, law enforcement, legal studies, international justice, or management/ administration. It is not necessary to be a criminal justice major to participate in the career track program. See the college academic advisor for more information.

Flex credit. The flex credit option provides professionals with life experience in the field of criminal justice an opportunity to earn up to 18 credit hours based on their knowledge, professional training, and background. Any person (certified or civilian) who has worked in the field of criminal justice for five years or more and has completed 60 semester hours from an accredited or approved college or university is eligible to participate. See the college academic advisor for information.

Articulation agreements. Articulation agreements facilitate the transfer of students from associate degree programs at Florida public community colleges to baccalaureate degree programs at universities. Students admitted under articulation agreements enter FGCU with upper level status and are classified as juniors. Students who have earned or are intending to earn an associate of science degree in criminal justice or legal assisting from a Florida public community college should contact a College of Arts and Sciences academic advisor for more information regarding the transfer process.

National partnerships and agreements.The Division of Justice Studies has several outstanding partnerships and agreements with organizations throughout the state. These include a formal partnership with Associated Marine Institutes and an informal partnership with St. Petersburg College and the Florida Department of Corrections to bring the Bachelor of Science degree via distance to the employees of the Department of Corrections. International partnerships. The Division of Justice Studies maintains several partnerships in the international community. These include an ongoing relationship with Tsinghua University inBeijing, China, and Universidad Autonoma De Yucatan in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Each year, the Justice Studies Division sponsors international study tours.

Degree through distance learning. The BS degree in Criminal Justice is available through distance learning via the Internet. Students with an AA or an articulated AS degree from a Florida public community college may complete the upper division portion of this program (60 credit hours) via distance learning. See the college academic advisor for information.