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Criminal Justice (B.A./B.S.)

Undergraduate students may earn a  Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. While earning their bachelor's, students majoring in criminal justice have the chance to earn departmental honors. The departmental honors program is designed to provide undergraduate students who are excelling in their studies an opportunity for more advanced studies in their major field, including the opportunity to work independently with department faculty.

Criminal Justice (B.A./B.S.)


Description


What is Criminal Justice at ODU like?

Undergraduate students may earn a  Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. While earning their bachelor's, students majoring in criminal justice have the chance to earn departmental honors. The departmental honors program is designed to provide undergraduate students who are excelling in their studies an opportunity for more advanced studies in their major field, including the opportunity to work independently with department faculty.

Program Highlights


What makes Criminal Justice at ODU unique?

  • UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS 1000+

  • FULL-TIME FACULTY 23

  • PH.D STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED 12

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

$91,590

MEDIAN SALARY


Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

Police Patrol Officers

$64,490

MEDIAN SALARY


Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

Social and Community Service Managers

$70,530

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$56,630

MEDIAN SALARY


Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Department of Juvenile Justice and local law enforcement agencies.  

Courses


What are some courses offered in Criminal Justice at ODU?

CRJS 436:
Capstone Research Project


Students work in groups to plan, design, and carry out a research project. Final papers which report the results for the study are presented in a formal research seminar. The projects reflect knowledge gained from undergraduate work and training received in STAT 130M and SOC 337. Prerequisites: Senior standing, STAT 130M and SOC 337.

CRJS 262:
Law and the Criminal Justice System


The course covers both substantive and procedural law related to the definitions, investigations, processing and punishment of crimes. It is meant to provide the students with an overall understanding of the articulation between law and the criminal justice system.

CRJS 222:
The Criminal Justice System


A study of social response to criminal behavior as cases move through the machinery of justice. Describes the interdependence of crime statistics, law enforcement, criminal courts, and correctional procedures for purposes of analyzing the entire system.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Criminal Justice at ODU?

Students entering the BA,BS program in Criminal Justice should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Optional Items

    • Activity Resume 
    • 1-3 Letters of Recommendation 
    • Essay - 400 word maximum, topic of your choice 
    • Official AP test scores or Dual Enrollment Transcript 

For admission to the Criminal Justice program


GPA:

3.00


TOEFL:

paper based: 550, internet based: 79


IELTS score:

6.5


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Transfer Articulation Agreements


To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to ODU.
Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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LECTURER


Name:

Jessica Huffman


Location:

6006 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3935


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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