UTC’s distance education programs provide high quality courses and services in a flexible learning environment that fits the schedule of busy professionals or non-traditional students. We recognize that many quality students wish to earn a B.S. degree, but may not be able to attend traditional face-to-face classes on campus.
Courses in the online program have been modified specifically for web-based delivery. All course requirements are identical to the face-to-face program offered on-site at UTC. The material is simply delivered in a different format. Courses are taught by full-time faculty members who teach the same courses face to face at UTC. Students experience online courses with the same quality and rigor expected in a face-to-face course. Online students receive the same degree/diploma as face to face students. In other words, everything but the delivery style is the same.
- How does the program work?
This program is specifically designed for students who wish to take all of their courses online. It is particularly well suited for students who are currently employed and/or are distance learners. Students must complete both degree requirements for their criminal justice major and UTC graduation requirements. In order to graduate from UTC, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours, 60 hours of which must be from an accredited 4 year college. Students must also complete their last 24 hours of credit at UTC. If you feel this program may be right for you, please contact Dr. Courtney Crittenden ([email protected]) for more information.
- Is UTC accredited?
Yes -- UTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It is part of the University of Tennessee system. Your degree will "look" like any other degree awarded by UTC to any of our 12,000 students on our campus attending face to face classes.
- Will my degree be recognized by employers?
Yes -- Your degree will "look" like any other degree awarded by UTC to any of our 12,000 students on our campus attending face to face classes. Your employer would have no reason to even know that you have taken online classes. It is not reflected on your transcript. All course requirements are identical to the face–to-face program offered on-site at UTC. The material is simply delivered in a different format.
- How often are courses offered and how can I be sure I will graduate in a timely manner?
Courses are offered in regularly scheduled intervals. This requires careful planning to ensure that courses are taken in the proper sequence to ensure pre-requisites and graduation requirements are satisfied. This includes taking classes in the summer, which is mandatory due to the course rotations.
Students will meet (virtually) with the CJ Online Program advisor each semester to discuss and develop a schedule based upon course availability and degree requirements. This is done to ensure that students take the courses in a manner that will most efficiently get them to graduation.
- How can I be sure my general education courses will be met by the courses I took elsewhere?
If you have an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a public school in Tennessee, all of your general education requirements are met when you transfer to UTC. If you do not have one of these degrees, we can help you evaluate how your courses will transfer in to meet general education requirements.
- How much does it cost?
All information about tuition and fees can be obtained from the Bursar’s Office.
- How do I register and get help with support services?
Our UTC Online Office provides support for students to assist with the application process and getting registered. They also provide other support services for online students.
- Is distance learning for me?
Online courses are asynchronous meaning that students complete their work at different times throughout the day and week. For the most part, all students are not online at the same time. Online courses are NOT independent study courses. They are NOT self-paced. They require a daily and/or weekly time commitment which includes online interaction with faculty and other students in the class. Students need access to a computer and the Internet, and they also need to have basic computer skills.
Online courses require at least as much, if not more, time and commitment than traditional face to face courses. Students who enjoy working independently and who have good time management skills often excel in online courses, but this delivery method is not for everyone.
There are several assessment instruments that will allow you to reflect upon your ability to excel in an online format.
- What technological skills and computer equipment do I need?
- Locate and open files
- Save a file to a specific location
- Save a document as a doc, rtf, or txt
- Print a document
- Create a new document
- Format text in document (font, size, etc)
- Cut, copy and paste text within a document
- Cut, copy and paste text between 2 separate
- Open and play a presentation (such as
- Microsoft PowerPoint)
- Open and play a video clip with audio
- Download and install plug-ins and software
- Identify the browser you are using
- Use the address bar to go to a web site
- Navigate a web site
- Recognize links on a web page
- Check and send email
- Check and send email with attachments
- Download and save a document from the web
Skills for Online Research
- Search online databases
- Use search strategies
- Evaluate the accuracy and credibility of