Criminal Justice (9620)

The Criminal Justice degree program introduces pre-service students to careers in law enforcement and corrections.  It equips students with both the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers and/or additional education.  Positions are available at the federal, state and local governmental levels, and within community-based programs and private organizations.  

The program is also intended to support the continued professional growth of in-service criminal justice practitioners through the enhancement of general skills, knowledge and abilities. Therefore, credit may be granted for in-service practitioners who present proof of having completed advanced law enforcement-related training, educational programs and/or the Basic Police and Corrections Training Academies.   Students seeking credit for experience should contact a criminal justice specialist in the Counseling and Advising Center.

Legislative mandates also govern admission requirements for employment in the criminal justice field.  These mandates include, but are not limited to, physical fitness, maintenance of both good moral character, and a clean adult and juvenile criminal record.

The following partnership and advanced degree programs are currently offered through Lakeland’s Holden University Center:

  • Cleveland State University:  Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Management
  • Franklin University:  Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Youngstown State University:  Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • Notre Dame College:  Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies
  • Bowling Green State University:  Master of Science in Criminal Justice   
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
COMM 1100
Effective Interpersonal Communications
or Conflict Management
CRMJ 1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 1110
English Composition I (A) 1
or English Composition I (B)
FYEX 1000 First Year Experience 1
HUMX 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
SOCY 2000 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
CRMJ 1117 Community Policing 2 3
CRMJ 2244 Criminology 3
ENGL 1120 English Composition II 3
PSYC 1500 Introduction to Psychology 3
Select any Mathematics course from MATH 1550 or higher 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
CRMJ 2210 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CRMJ 2212 Criminal Law 2 3
CRMJ 2260 Interview and Interrogation 3
POLS 1300
U.S. National Government
or State and Local Government
Select course(s) from the Technical Electives list 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
CRMJ 2216 Criminal Procedure 2 3
CRMJ 2231 Juvenile Delinquency 3
CRMJ 2250 Current Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Select course(s) from the Technical Electives list 6
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours61

 English course selection is based on placement test results (ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) is 4 credits, only 3 credits apply to the degree).


Credit for CRMJ 1117 Community Policing, CRMJ 2212 Criminal Law, CRMJ 2213 Criminal Investigation, CRMJ 2214 Introduction to Police Management and Supervision, CRMJ 2216 Criminal Procedure, and three (3) elective credits may be granted to persons who present proof of having completed the Basic Police Academy of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council.

Technical course
This course is designated as a technical course in the program. Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in the course to fulfill the college's graduation requirements policy.


Course Title Credit Hours
Technical Electives
CRMJ 1130Crisis Intervention 3
CRMJ 1211Community Corrections 3
CRMJ 1230Crime Scene Investigation 3
CRMJ 2213Criminal Investigation 23
CRMJ 2214Introduction to Police Management and Supervision 23
CRMJ 2219Correctional Practices and Challenges 3
CRMJ 2239Criminal Justice Internship 3
CRMJ 2270Advanced Crime Scene Investigation 3
CRMJ 2290Deviance in American Society 3
PSYC 2500Adolescent Psychology 3
PSYC 2700Abnormal Psychology 3
SOCY 1190Drug Use and U.S. Society 3