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:

  • the core requirements:
    COURSETITLES.H.
    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
    Total Semester Hours24
  • the courses required in the student's chosen emphasis area
  • 18 hours of CJFS electives not in the emphasis area (as designated on the department's curriculum sheet)

Legal Processes Track

The legal processes track is designed for students preparing for law school, court administration, paralegal work or legal research positions. Courses required:

COURSETITLES.H.
CJFS 3720Legal Research3
CJFS 3721Evidence3
CJFS 5825Criminal Procedures and Constitutional Issues3
CJFS 4890Judicial Administration3
Total Semester Hours12

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 classes, 1 with lab)7
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
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. 2
Select 15 s.h. of upper-divsion 37XX or higher CJFS electives.15
Electives or (Optional) Minor-must have 24 s.h. total
Select 24 s.h. of Minor or additional electives.24
Legal Processes Track
CJFS 3720Legal Research3
CJFS 3721Evidence3
CJFS 37XX or highter3
CJFS 5825Criminal Procedures and Constitutional Issues3
CJFS 4890Judicial Administration 13
Total Semester Hours120
1

 Capstone course.

2

 Alternate option is to complete OPOTA.

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 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 3720 Legal Research 3
CJFS 3710 Social Statistics 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
Natural Science 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CJFS 5825 Criminal Procedures and Constitutional Issues 3
CJFS 3712 Criminal Justice Research 3
CJFS 3721 Evidence 3
3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CJFS 4890 Judicial Administration 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can discriminate the influence of the CJ system at the subsystem levels (policing, courts, and corrections)                            
  2. Students can apply CJ theories.                                   
  3. Students can analyze legal situations.                          
  4. Students can assess public policy as it relates to the CJ system.