Interesting Classes Offered

Gangs and Cults - Examine the historical and contemporary issues of gangs and cults in the United States including gang and cult recruitment, subculture, beliefs, activities, signs and symbols.

Juvenile Delinquency - In this course students examine the field of juvenile delinquency and status offenders including such issues as why one becomes delinquent, families, schools and the juvenile court system.

Advanced Criminology & Profiling – A course designed to use a case study approach to applying theory to the practice of criminology. The case histories of some infamous and not-so-infamous criminals’ will be examined for the purpose of applying criminological theory. Students will come to understand the relative causes of those individuals criminality.

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse - Explore the role and extent of use of alcohol/chemicals in our society.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Marc Hedrick
Dr. Marc Hedrick, Professional Instructor of Criminal Justice, joined the Ashland faculty, in 2015. He has experience in the justice system, both as an attorney...Read more

Alumni Spotlight

Hali Brook
International Worker with Remember Nhu in Bolivia
I graduated from Ashland University in 2013 with a double major in Criminal Justice and Religion and a minor in Spanish. While at AU, I had the privilege of...Read more

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Criminal Justice Online

Begin by earning your Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice 100% online. Our online criminal justice program is designed to fit your individual lifestyle with no required login times. Move ahead in your career without putting your life on hold

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Online Program

Help make the world a safer place

As a criminal justice major at Ashland University you will not only explore a fascinating curriculum that is highly relevant today, but you will take part in field experiences that give you in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system, investigation methods, the courts and correctional facilities.

What You’ll Love About the Criminal Justice Program:

In the past 3 years, over 60% of CJ graduates had completed at least one elective field experience with 45% of those participating in more than one.

100% of the CJ majors who attended the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) in Dayton, OH recommend upper class students interested in the Intelligence Community to participate.  Eligible students are sponsored for a top-secret security clearance and students work with real world criminal justice cases that are worked in conjunction with local, state and Federal law enforcement.

Criminal Justice graduates now serve the public good in a variety of capacities, including:  Chief of Police, US Marshal, Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer, working in the Cleveland Police Department Crime Lab, Homeland Security Officer, both adult and juvenile probation, and Intelligence Analyst at the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Students can graduate with a BS in Criminal Justice in 3 years while still including a minor of their choice.  Students also have the opportunity to graduate with two majors or multiple minors all within 4 years.

The Ohio Council on Criminal Justice Education (OCCJE) Board has 2 student members:  One undergraduate and one graduate.  Ashland University students have served as the one undergraduate board member for 3 of the last 5 years.

All Ashland University faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice have professional experience in the criminal justice field.

Criminal Justice Blog

It's National Police Week!

National Police Week began in 1962 when President Kennedy made May 15 Peace Officer Memorial Day, and the week that follows Police Week. National Police… Read more

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

The Criminal Justice Department extends its congratulations to all of the students graduating from Ashland University today! Read more

AU President Dr. Carlos Campo Speaks to Race, Ethnic and Minority Issues Class

On April 20, 2016, students in Criminal Justice Professor Hedrick's SOC 301 (Race, Ethnic, and Minority Issues) class heard from AU's President, Dr. Carlos Campo,… Read more

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