Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Program (BS)

The Brown College Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice examines the three subsystems of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and corrections. The program is designed to help students gain knowledge of how the criminal justice system works on the local, state, and federal levels with an understanding of the ever-changing nature of the criminal justice system. Students can enroll in the Bachelor program once they have successfully completed the AAS in Criminal Justice.

Brown's BS in Criminal Justice is designed to provide students with a foundation in criminal justice theory and practice in preparation for entry-level careers in the field of criminal justice. Graduates will be expected to:

  • Show theoretical knowledge, interpersonal communication techniques, and practical skills necessary for entry-level positions and promotions in the criminal justice profession.
  • Establish introductory knowledge of the criminal justice field.
  • Inspire a sense of community awareness and social responsibility.
  • Exhibit knowledge of criminal justice related issues including professionalism and ethics.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and logic to analyze and solve a variety of complex problems in the criminal justice environment.

Courses in Brown's BS in Criminal Justice evaluate how the administration of justice operates in American society and examine the perspectives from which solutions to problems may be concluded. Classes are led by instructors, many with professional experience in the field of criminal justice.

  • In Evidence Collection, students are exposed to the key rules of evidence and how they apply to criminal trials. The class also explores the collection of several different types of evidence.
  • In Crime and Gangs, coursework examines the impact of gang activity on crime in America. It focuses the gang subculture, its appeal and unyielding grasp on youth and results of programs and strategies created and implemented to curb the increase in gang violence.
  • In Criminal Law, students are challenged to understand how the legal environment in which criminal justice professionals must function and gain a clear understanding of the principles of the law that will be vital to their success in the field of criminal justice.

Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Families in Crisis
  • Law Enforcement
  • Drugs in the Community
  • Criminal Procedures
  • The Juvenile Justice System
  • Financial Crimes
  • The Trial Process
  • Ethics and Criminal Justice
  • Crime Typologies
  • Women in Criminal Justice
  • Influences on the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Justice Capstone/Internship
  • Special Populations in the Criminal Justice System
  • Quality Management
  • Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Government and Industry
  • Employment Law
  • Training and Development
  • Current Issues in Business Management
Course curriculum is subject to change.

Prospective areas for entry-level career opportunities for graduates of the Brown College BS in Criminal Justice include:

  • Case Management
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Customs and Border Control
  • Private security
  • Probation, Parole, and Supervised Release