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Every UHD undergraduate student will receive an assignment for academic advising to University College until accepted into a degree program.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Course work leading to a UHD College of Public Service Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree provides the student with strong communication and analytical skills, accomplished through:

  • A comprehensive and extensive set of general education requirements
  • A critical and in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of the causes of crime, the definition and measurement of crime, and society's formal and informal efforts at preventing and controlling crime
  • Treatment of the field of criminal justice as an applied science where the student is taught to integrate theory construction, empirical validation, and practical application

This degree program prepares students for a career in criminal justice, forensic crime scene investigation, public service and prepares students to pursue study in law and other related graduate programs. Potential employers include law enforcement agencies, the courts system, or the corrections system. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020..."

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

The UHD Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program provides students with a path to a fully accredited bachelor's degree, especially if students have previous completed course work for technical, applied or military credit, a technical or applied degree from a community or technical college, and/or a desire to develop multiple areas of expertise.

A UHD Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree minimizes the number of lost transfer credit hours, and requires:

  • A minimum of 120 hours
  • At least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD
  • At least 18 hours must reflect approved upper-level courses
  • The final 30 semester credit hours must be taken at UHD

Additionally, students must earn a minimum of 24 upper-level criminal justice hours earned at UHD, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all major upper-level hours, and keep an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 for graduation

Potential employers include government agencies on a local, state and national level, nonprofit and non-government work, academia, for-profit corporations, etc.

Bachelor of Social Work

At UHD, our Bachelor of Social Work program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, prepares entry-level social workers for theoretically informed, value-based, justice-oriented, generalist practice in an urban environment.

Potential employers include government agencies on a local, state and national level, schools, hospitals, mental health facilities juvenile justice, and perform a variety of tasks such as case management, client advocacy, and counseling. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "Employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, driven by increased demand for health care and social services..."

Last updated or reviewed on 10/31/14

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