This program is designed to prepare individuals working in various aspects of private or contract security service to assume administrative roles, as well as to broaden the knowledge of those employed in limited functional activities within the industry to assume more responsible positions in areas of loss prevention and detection, protection of life and property or investigative work.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize and practice ethical behavior associated with the criminal justice and public safety professions.
  2. Apply local, state, and federal legal standards, including statutory and case law, to adults and juveniles in civil and criminal matters, in both public and private sectors.
  3. Purposefully adapt oral, written and non-verbal styles and techniques to communicate effectively in diverse professional roles and environments.
  4. Maintain personal health and well-being in carrying out professional responsibilities.
  5. Conduct security surveys and investigations to protect resources and manage risk.
  6. Apply basic business management principles and practices to risk management and asset protection personnel.
  7. Effectively interact with local, state and federal government.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CJ-1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ-1050 Introduction to Security 1 2
CJ-1120 Criminal Court Procedures 2
CJ-1320 Ethics in Criminal Justice 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CJ-1010 Computers in Criminal Justice 2
CJ-1400 Assets Protection 4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Logic
Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning 2
Elementary Probability and Statistics I (or Any Approved Ohio Transfer 36 Mathematics course)
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
Honors College Composition II
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
Select one of the following: 3
American National Government
Honors American National Government
General Psychology
Honors General Psychology
Introductory Sociology
Honors Introductory Sociology
Introduction to Urban Studies
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
CJ-2400 Security Management 4
CJ-2410 Security Investigation 3
CJ-2420 Legal Aspects of Private Security 3
CJ-xxxxCriminal Justice Elective 3
Arts and Humanities 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
CJ-2440 Protection Services 2
CJ-2990 Issues in Supervision 4
CJ-xxxxCriminal Justice Elective 3
CJ-xxxxCriminal Justice Elective 3
CJ-xxxxCriminal Justice Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours61

 CJ-1050 Introduction to Security will be waived and students will receive credit for  CJ-1370 Security Academy I and CJ-2270 Security Academy II  upon successful completion of the Private Security Academy Program.  CJ-1370 and 2270 will apply towards fulfilling 8 credits of required the Criminal Justice electives. 


MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations or MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics taken prior to Fall 2024 will be accepted to meet the Mathematics requirement for this program.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.