Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration
The Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration degree stresses competence in oral and written communication and critical thinking skills. In addition, the student will acquire specific knowledge and skills needed to function in a variety of career opportunities available in law enforcement agencies, government regulatory agencies, corrections facilities, or corporate security departments.
Upon completion of the program the student will:
- Have a thorough grounding in criminal theory and research methodologies.
- Have a basis for ethical decision making required of a career in the Criminal Justice System.
- Be able to function as a professional staff member of a law enforcement agency, correction facility, corporate security department, or government regulatory agency.
- Be well prepared to attend graduate or professional school.
Justice Administration Degree Requirements
Students may choose from the following options:
- Collegiate Officer Program (COP) Option:
This Collegiate Officer Program (COP) Option is a specific combination of academic courses and police skills training which leads to eligibility for peace officer certification upon graduation. The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) is the agency designated by Oklahoma law to administer all aspects of peace officer certification including regulations for law enforcement training. COP has been certified by CLEET as an equivalent substitute for CLEET Basic Peace Officer Academy.
- Cyber Investigation Option:
A cybercrime investigator is primarily concerned with gathering evidence from digital systems that can be used in the prosecution of internet-based, or cyberspace, criminal activity. In today’s world, many crimes include the use of the world wide web. A cybercrime investigator can be used to gather crucial evidence to help solve these crimes.
- Law/Justice Option:
The Law/Justice Option has been designed for individuals seeking a career in one of the components of the criminal justice system such as law enforcement, prosecution, or corrections. Hence, this degree has been structured to prepare criminal justice professionals to operate effectively within today’s legal environment balancing individual rights with the protection of society, interacting with a culturally diverse community, and protecting the public from increasingly complex threats.
Sara Dailey-Smith, Justice Administration Major
“Justice and equality are very near and dear to my heart as is Native law and advocacy, so this degree is the product of those passions. I will be able to attend graduate school, further influence communities, speak out against racial inequality and inspire others to fight for what they believe. And do all of this, always leaving room for kindness.”