College of Liberal Arts: School of Criminal Justice: History

History of the Criminal Justice Program

The Graduate and undergraduate programs of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Oklahoma were formulated to meet the needs of students who want to obtain employment in various agencies of the criminal justice system. The program was restructured after a meeting with various leaders in the criminal justice field. The required foundation courses represent suggestions from those leaders who indicated that agencies wanted an individual who had a broad background academically in those areas listed in the foundation courses.

Two options under the undergraduate degree were also created during the revision of the School's programs. The first option [Police Option] is designed to provide students with more specific knowledge if they want to seek employment in a law enforcement agency. The second option [General Criminal Justice] is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge for students who want to be employed in various agencies that comprise the criminal justice system. Additionally, both options provide students with a basis for graduate work in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Management and Administration at the University of Central Oklahoma. Finally, many students enter non-criminal justice jobs, graduate programs and law school after completing one of the two undergraduate options.

A student must seek admission to the University of Central Oklahoma and declare a major in Criminal Justice, selecting either the Police or General Criminal Justice Option. A minor in Criminal Justice is also available to students. A student is required to maintain a 2.5 GPA average in either option or a minor in order to graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree or minor in criminal justice. Different requirements and stipulations apply for entering into the Graduate Program.

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