Program Overview

Oakland City University offers a Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice Degree that is well suited for students who seek positions in the criminal justice field. Enrolled students gain skills and knowledge that are highly valuable in this career field. Students who graduate with this degree often pursue law school or a graduate degree in criminology or criminal justice. Crisis management, community policing, criminal law, and victimology are a few of many topics that students will become experts in when completing this degree. The Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice Degree is beneficial for those who are already in the field or those who wish to enter this career with a high quality education.

The Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice Degree Program consists of 120 credit hours that may be completed in as little as 18 months. Students must complete foundational core coursework, criminal justice coursework, and elective courses. Criminal Justice course topics that students will explore during their studies include intro to criminal justice, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Community Policing, Criminal & Procedures I & II, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice, Introduction to Forensic Science, Juvenile Justice, Victimology, Crisis Management, Police Administration & Organization, Drugs & Criminal Justice, Criminological Theory, Statistics in Criminal Justice, Community Corrections, and Comparative Justice. These courses are designed to ensure that students are well prepared to further their education and obtain employment in positions within the criminal justice career field.

All courses for this program are available online. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Time management, word processing skills, and a reliable internet connection are very important for students who enroll in this degree program. Courses for this program can be started every 5 weeks throughout the year.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Oakland City University was founded in 1885 when the Educational Board of General Baptists gained a charter from the state of Indiana to operate a college at Oakland City. The first classes, in 1891, were held on 10 acres of land donated by Colonel William A. Cockrum, in a two-story building that housed both the administration offices and classrooms. In 1995 Oakland City College was granted university status, becoming Oakland City University. Originally founded with the intent to see that the gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed through education, the university is proud to continue towards the same mission.

    There are five schools that make up the variety of programs available to Oakland City University students, offering degrees ranging from the associate's level all the way up to doctoral degrees. 

    • The School of Arts and Sciences
    • The School of Business
    • The School of Education
    • The Chapman School of Religious Studies
    • The Chapman Seminary

    Oakland City University offers select degrees completely online at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's levels.


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