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Undergraduate Degrees in Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Degrees in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice programs combine a broad variety of topics and discliplines related to law enforcement, the courts, and America’s criminal justice system. Most Criminal Justice programs offer specific concentrations to focus on, such as:

• Crime and criminology for those interested in law enforcement

• Justice Policy for those interested in law and public policy

• Community Justice for those interested in social work and “helping” careers

The majority of people who obtain a Criminal Justice degree use it to begin their careers in law enforcement, corrections, criminal law or social work. The degree can also be used as a stepping stone to an advanced degree, such as a Master’s in Criminal Justice or a Master’s in Public Administration.

Most 4-year colleges and universities offer at least a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, and many offer advanced degrees at the Master’s and Doctorate levels as well. Two-year colleges quite often offer an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Depending on the institution, the name of the degree may differ, so don’t be surprised to see programs with names such as “Administration of Justice” or “Justice Studies.” The name may be different, but the coursework will be the same and the degree will be just as valuable in the end.

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  • 001_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I just completed an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice at Columbia Southern University. CSU is a GREAT online college. They will allow you to submit your training records, certifications, and other previous education to them for evaluation on credit for courses. With all my military, police training, and experience, I recieved 42 credit hours out of 60 needed for me degree. Tuition is affordable and they include free books by using their own book grant program. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM !! The college even offers some tuition discounts. They're accredited and the US Army even uses them. Great place to start!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    The first step in considering an online college to start or further a career in law enforcement would be to make sure that they are regionally accredited. This eliminates the chances of you paying for a huge loan in the future for a degree to is not accepted or legitimate. This can be done through the US Department of Education. Next would be to look at cost. While many colleges include books with tuition, it usually comes at a higher cost to you. However, if the books and other materials are manatory for enrollment, it can be used as a college tax credit. Most legitimate schools, after your loans, have more than enough scholarship and aid money to cover the remaining cost so that there should be no out of pocket while in school.

    You should also have access to a high-speed connection, however, one school FIT (Florida Institute of Technology) can provide the lectures on disk. I have been attending here for 3 years on dial-up and of course it is slow, must very do able.

    Also, many law enforcement agencies will not recommend higher education as these job already have a high turn-over rate. If you love CSI and can't wait into jump in to a police career, then you will probably be one of who are setting themselves up for failure. An education is ALWAYS beneficial. A BA is preferably as you can work while going for a Master's later. This allows to to gain field experience while extending your education. Once finished with a Master's and have that experience behind you, most Technical colleges will be more than willing to hiire you as most have a shortage of Criminal Justice Professors. Even in a rural area, a few hours a day, two days a week can amount to an additional $40,000-$50,000 a year, upon your additional law enforcement career. Plus if you put in the time and hard work, that would later qualify you for two pensions, one for civil service, the other for teaching.

  • Dcheadshot_max50


    about 5 years ago


    How far do you go with education? I am working on my Masters now (Tiffin University in Ohio). I was told it was a waste of time by one person in my chain of command who has a college degree, and it was encouraged by another who does not have any college experience. I have a long time to retire so will an advanced degree at the graduate level aid me now? Should I have spent the money on getting more training in a specific area of expertise rather than another degree. Any suggestions?

  • Me2__1__max50


    about 5 years ago


    Currently attending on campus at Wayne State University in Michigan for my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.

  • Sdc10606_max50


    about 5 years ago


    I am currently taking classes on line for Forensic Science and Criminal Psychology. The school I attend is called ashworth University. This is for DRAPPZZ on line school is a little more convenient for people who have a familly or are to busy to attend night school. They dont have hands on but if you need help or have a question you could email them and they usually call or email you back with in a few hours. Hope that helps.....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I am also over 40.I'm very interested in some type of LE.What would be my chances in ant type of this field.I did swork at the jail supervising inmates for a time.

  • N1423344549_7234_max50


    over 5 years ago


    just curious out there with anybody with a response. wats the pros and cons between online classes and classes at a school?i would think online classes dont have the hands on experiences its all books and paperwork yes or no and also im over 40 wat are my chances of getting a police officer job??

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I have a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice in Mississippi and I am currently an admin. asst. for a gas company!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    am looking for a school to do my online degree in criminal justice
    please i need information on such.send it to my e-mail address >
    thank,obinna eke

  • Shawn_max50


    over 5 years ago


    For those seeking A.S. degrees here in Minnesota, the U of M or U of M Duluth offers a great program to further enhance your degree to a Bachelors degree.

  • Admiral_field_cropped_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I'm currently attending Tidewater Community College for my Associates Degree in Administration of Justice. I'm hoping to graduate December 2010. I have taken most of my classes online, and they are great. One of my professors is the Sheriff of Norfolk county in Virginia, another one is the senior Deputy Sheriff of Virgina Beach.

  • L_97d6fbfbcee2467cbb4b297fcfa54244_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    I'm currenty attending American Public University in Virgina for my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice Majoring & Computer Forensic. I will graduate November of 2011

  • Img_0027_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    I'm currenty attending Bryant & Stratton College in Wisconsin for my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. I will graduate December 2010.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    I am currently a student attending Howard CC in Md. Its a great school, I have two more classes I need in order to have assoc. However If anyone is willing to give me some input on where to start I am looking into becoming a police officer and eventually joining mounted police.force.(hopefully) . As far as online classes I know little of and am interested what my next step should be in order to pursue my career choice! Thanks for the time!

  • L_25486990a6eb18569978cb684e070b3d_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    currently attending online at AMU/APUS

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