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Undergraduate Degrees in Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Degrees in Criminal Justice

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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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    crbell67

    almost 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    I hit the wrong button, I did not mean to give a thumbs down to online education. I am all for it.

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    crbell67

    almost 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    I Graduated with my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice in December of 2008. I am now taking classes for my Bachelors Degree with the concentration in corrections I will graduate in March of 2011. I am attending Anthem College Online.

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    Blueblood1974

    almost 6 years ago

    5204 Comments

    I take my online course since 2007 through Lynn University in Boca raton. In 2011 I will graduate.

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    tigertony26

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I have decided to open my horizons and start a Criminal Justice course with Herzing University!
    I am excited to take this journey in my life! Hats off to those who defend us and our freedoms in many ways shapes and forms!

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    tonya9838

    about 6 years ago

    12 Comments

    I am hoping someone out there can assist me with this question...

    Well, my question is, that I am going to complete my Associates degree in Science Criminal Investigations and I want to know how do I get my foot in the door into that career field, I know that I can't get a job as an agent because of my age but how do I get somewhere? If you don't mind helping me out with this I would so appreciate it, I just want to get into somewhere, my foot in the door so to speak.

    I thank you so much for your help...

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    MrPriestley

    about 6 years ago

    8 Comments

    To Novem26 Are you interested in adding to your criminology degree, and are tech savvy? You could try UAT, University of Advancing Technologies. They work hand in hand with the FBI, CIA, and with other Federal Agencies. Are you possibly going towards more of the Lawyer's side of criminology try University of California: Berkley whose Law Department is new.

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    novem26

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Will be graduating soon with a BA in criminology and am looking for any adivice for a good graduate school in the criminal justice field? Any advice? Would prefer an online degree prgram. Hope someone has had a good experience....

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    sgordon28

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    im currently enrolled in aiu second re entry in criminal justice online i like it you advisor and teacher meet with you twice a week and inter act with other students is a great they really do help you my sister went to phonix it was crap she passed her classes and they dropped her and then wanted their money

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    timcsi01

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I'm going to ITT Tech in Fort Lauderdale. Anybody knows about this school? I'm taking CJ ,my first year!

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    bisher33

    about 6 years ago

    22 Comments

    I'm taking criminal justice at kapan university.I will be taking the exam in march of 2010

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    Anonymous

    over 6 years ago

    Very informative, While in the military i plan to get my AACJ and pursue a career in Law Enforcement in california. Hopefuly the recruiting will be just as strong at the end of 2010 which i should be ready to Apply.

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    josmoren

    over 6 years ago

    220 Comments

    I received my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. I also received a supplementary major in Law And Society and these have been the deciding factors in call backs for jobs when there are huge pools of applicants. One of the interviewers I went infront of had this to say, "While on the job training is hugely and immeasurably important book knowledge can be key to moving up."

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    uncledennis1

    over 6 years ago

    23482 Comments

    I have two associate degrees and it was fine and then I received my BS Degree from a university. Check out the college you will attend. The advice I give those wishing a career in law enfocement is to concentrate on your degree and learn spanish.

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    7811

    over 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    i have an associates degree and now i want to get my BS degree online...there are so many to chose from its very confusing. Bellevue seems to say that they will give credits for your experience and training...how dos that work?

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    Anonymous

    over 6 years ago

    You must be careful to check with with the American Council on Education to ensure your school is accredited with one of the major regional acreditation bodies. After that, ensure your research the online classroom learning environment. For instance, I graduated from Bellevue University with a BS in Criminal Justic Administration (I wish I did something more specialized, but found out too late....refer to below) while I was in the Air Force. Bellevue was very interactive, and you had to post replies to your classmates. Often the instructor would also make comments on your posts, and surprise you with some crazy question. I felt like I was learning something, and I learned it with the assistance of the instructor. I applied this knowledge to my current department by assisting in writing grants, making policies, and training programs. Things I learned from Bellevue.

    However, my wife started a program with the University of Phoenix, and it was totally different. She would get assignments, complete them, and post them back to the instructor. No interaction with other classmates or minimal contact, and rarely did you get a response from the instructor. However, they made sure they got paid though. It seemed to me like one of those "diploma mill" institutions that seemed to only care about getting paid, and the tuition was higher than Bellevues, and lacked the interaction. Needless to say I had her stop taking classes from Phoenix, and switch to Bellevue. Part of the point of online classes is the "independant" study of a topic, and the student's integrity that they are learning what they are being taught. If you cannot honestly remember what you learned or have never applied any of this new found knowledge the odds are you didnt learn anything, and just gave $11,000 to a school for nothing. In todays market just having a degree doesnt mean anything if you havent learned anything from it. Also, a bachelor's degree is now "a dime a dozen" and is equivalent to what an Associates degree used to be.

    Finally, if you go to college online or an actual institution think about your life after police work. General CJ degrees are garbage, and dont really help you in this competitive marketplace. Get a specialized degree in Forensics or Criminology or get something in Technology (i.e. Computer Forensic, etc.). Make yourself marketable, and not just another number.

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