Corrections courses and training can be found in criminal justice or justice studies programs. Students in New Hampshire can apply to programs with corrections courses at the certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree levels.
Some schools offer opportunities for online study as well as flexible scheduling. Others feature various concentration areas, such as law enforcement or homeland security. Programs might include senior projects and internships in their curricula. The following nine community colleges and universities offer 2- and/or 4-year degree programs as well as certificate programs that require about 23 credits.
Franklin Pierce University
Located in Rindge, Franklin Pierce University offers a bachelor's program in criminal justice that teaches students about the criminal justice system and the methodologies behind social change. Students are required to take courses in corrections, race relations, criminal evidence, police work and criminal procedures, among other areas. Electives allow students to take classes in topics such as law and society, child abuse, violence and espionage.
Granite State College
Granite State College is part of the University System of New Hampshire and is located in Concord. The college offers a bachelor's program in criminal justice that can prepare students for careers in probation and parole, corrections, law enforcement and community-based organizations. Course topics include Constitutional law, corrections, victim's rights, crime prevention and the criminal justice system.
Great Bay Community College
Great Bay Community College is located in Portsmouth and offers an associate's degree program in criminal justice. Graduates have the option of pursuing employment upon earning the degree or transferring their credits to a 4-year institution. This 68-credit program can teach students about police and corrections operations, criminal procedure, criminal law, juvenile justice administration, crisis intervention and drug abuse. Students also complete an internship or senior project.
New England College
Located in Henniker, New England College awards a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. The program covers the criminal justice system, crime and justice. Students have an opportunity to take field trips to correctional facilities and police departments. Career opportunities are available in corrections, law enforcement and social work.
NHTI - Concord's Community College
Located in Concord, as its name suggests, NHTI - Concord's Community College offers corrections courses within an addiction counseling/criminal justice certificate program and an associate's program in criminal justice. The certificate program requires 23 credits and includes courses in criminology, corrections operations and addictive behaviors. Students enrolled in the associate's degree program must complete 68/69 credits, including courses in areas such as corrections and police operations, juvenile justice administration, criminal law, drug abuse and crisis intervention.
River Valley Community College
Situated in Claremont, River Valley Community College has a 68-credit associate's degree program in criminal justice that meets the standards set by the National Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Courses cover topics in police operation and supervision, corrections operations, criminology, juvenile justice administration and drug abuse. Students also complete an internship and project. Additionally, they have the option to complete the program online.
Located in Nashua, Rivier University offers a Bachelor of Science program in criminal justice. Coursework can teach students about corrections, community supervision, legal writing, policing, criminology, forensic psychology and criminal law. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in internships at police departments and private investigation firms in the area.
Southern New Hampshire University
Although Southern New Hampshire University offers the justice studies program at its Manchester campus, this Bachelor of Science program can also be completed entirely online. The program is specifically designed for working professionals, and students can take advantage of flexible scheduling options, as well as the opportunity to complete the program in 18 months. In addition to core justice studies courses covering topics like criminal law, judicial administration and legal traditions, students take a variety of criminal justice-related electives. They also focus their studies by choosing a concentration from one of four areas, including police and law enforcement; crime and criminology; law and legal process; or terrorism and homeland security.
White Mountains Community College
White Mountains Community College is located in Berlin and features an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security that requires 65-66 credits to complete. In addition to a corrections course, students take classes covering criminology, criminal law, juvenile justice and policing. They also complete an internship or senior project. Additionally, students have the option of earning a Criminal Justice Professional Certificate. Those who have completed training at a police academy or state corrections academy can receive 12-19 credits towards the certificate.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Corrections Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition Fees (2018-2019)|
|Franklin Pierce University||4-year, private not-for-profit; rural||Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice||$36,900*|
|Granite State College||4-year, public; fringe town||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice|| $7,761 in-state,
|Great Bay Community College||2-year, public; small suburb||Associate in Science in Criminal Justice|| $7,680 in-state,
|New England College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant rural||Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice||$37,914*|
|NHTI - Concord's Community College||2-year, public; fringe town|| Addiction Counseling/Criminal Justice Certificate,
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice
| $7,680 in-state,
|River Valley Community College||2-year, public; rural||Associate in Science in Criminal Justice|| $7,298 in-state,
|Rivier University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice||$32,140*|
|Southern New Hampshire University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsized city||Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies||$31,136*|
|White Mountains Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Criminal Justice Professional Certificate,
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
| $7,970 in-state,
Source: *NCES College Navigator.