The program in criminal justice is designed for individuals who have some college experience and/or a two year degree from a community college. It is called a Degree Completion Program because it assumes that you have completed:
- 60 hours of college work
- all general education equivalents as required by UTC, and
- an introduction to sociology, psychology, and criminal justice course.
Normally, students will have to meet all of the above requirements prior to beginning the on-line program; however, in some cases students might be able to begin if they are lacking only a course or two. Students are not required to have completed a formal degree at a two year program, but they will need 60 hours of course work and they must have completed general education requirements. There currently is no option to complete general education courses online at UTC. We will work with students to evaluate course equivalencies and make recommendations about any needed remedial work.
Students with an Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Criminal Justice from a Tennessee college will normally have met all UTC general education requirements. Students with 60 hours who have a degree in another field will need to be advised regarding general education to ensure that all requirements have been met. Students will need to work closely with us in order to ensure that proper advising and planning has taken place.
The University may grant credit for military science to students with six or more months of honorable active service in the armed services of the United States or in a service academy. Students may receive up to 30 semester hours of elective credit, including basic military service, from the Community College of the Air Force. UTC’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) also allows students to receive credit based on their professional work experience, in-service training, and completion of certified professional programs (IEP credits). You will need to contact either Dr. Eigenberg or Thompson for assistance with these applications.
The program is organized around a cohort model meaning that courses will be offered in regularly scheduled intervals. This will require careful planning to ensure that courses are taken so that pre-requisites are met and so that all graduation requirements are satisfied.