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.