A Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 120 semester hours. All Bachelor of Science in Applied Science students must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours of Criminal Justice courses of which 36 semester hours or more must be taken from upper-division courses. The courses are listed as CJFS courses.  This degree can be earned in eight semesters if students average 15 hours per semester.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 18 hours in Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences courses at YSU. All majors must complete:

  • 27 hours of CJFS electives, (21 hours of 37XX or above and 6 hours of 48XX or above as designated on the department's curriculum sheet) plus CJFS 4800 Senior Seminar.

Generalist Track

A generalist track is available for transfer students and students seeking a nontraditional area of study such as victim's rights and juvenile justice. This track is available to students at institutions participating in the interactive distance learning (IDL) agreements with the University. Department approval and 15 hours of course work are required.

A grade of C or better must be received in each required Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences course in order to satisfy the departmental requirements for the degree.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
HAHS 1500Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services2
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
Natural Science (2 courses, 1 with lab)7
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
or PHIL 2627 Law and Criminal Justice Ethics
Arts and Humanities3
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
CJFS 1500Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Social and Personal Awareness6
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Major Requirements
CJFS 2601Policing3
CJFS 2602Criminal Courts3
CJFS 2603Corrections3
CJFS 3710Social Statistics3
CJFS 3712Criminal Justice Research3
CJFS 3715Criminal Justice Management Concepts3
CJFS 3719Criminal Law3
CJFS 3735Crime and Delinquency3
Criminal Justice Upper Division Electives, 37XX or higher - 15 s.h. 315
Elective or (Optional) Minor-must have 24 s.h. total
Select 24 s.h. of Minor or additional electives.24
Generalist Emphasis - 15 s.h. 2
CJFS 37XX3
CJFS 37XX3
CJFS 48XX/58XX3
CJFS 48XX/58XX3
CJFS 4800 13
Total Semester Hours120
1

 Capstone course.

2

 Must have approval from CJFS Chair. Generalist emphasis is not eligible for CJFS 3777.

3

 Alternate option is to complete OPPTA.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
CJFS 1500 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
HAHS 1500 Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services 2
 Semester Hours14
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CJFS 2602 Criminal Courts 3
CJFS 2601 Policing 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
Natural Science Elective with Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
CJFS 2603 Corrections 3
CJFS 3719 Criminal Law 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Arts and Humanities Elective 15XX 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CJFS 3715 Criminal Justice Management Concepts 3
CJFS 3735 Crime and Delinquency 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CJFS 3700 or higher Elective 3
CJFS 3710 Social Statistics 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Natural Science 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
CJFS 3712 Criminal Justice Research 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CJFS 4800 Senior Seminar 3
CJFS 4800 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
CJFS 4800 or higher-Level Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
Elective 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120