Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice
Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts. Those accused of crime have some protections against abuse of investigatory and prosecution powers.
A bachelor's degree program in criminal justice offers an interdisciplinary curriculum with multiple specialties available. In the program, students will explore law enforcement techniques, court processes and criminal justice theory.
In addition to core criminal justice topics, criminal justice bachelor's degree programs typically cover statistics and research methods, multicultural understanding, and political and legal issues. Specialized criminal justice degrees may also be available, such as a Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Justice Administration or Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a concentration in homeland security/emergency preparedness.
Although bachelor's degrees typically take 4 years to complete, accelerated programs may be available at some schools. Some programs require an associate's degree in a related field or relevant work experience for entry.
Students in this program will be required to fulfill general education requirements, such as math and English. Beyond general studies, students will take required courses such as law, corrections procedures, public safety and criminal psychology. Coursework may cover:
Child and young adult psychology
Sociology and corrections or social policies