Criminal Investigations Programs in Springfield
Although there are no diploma programs in criminal investigations in the Springfield, MO, area, prospective students can find criminal justice degree programs at three area schools. This article includes a table that makes it easy to compare these schools. At the end of the article is a little information about one more school that's farther away, but offers several options for study in the criminal investigations field.
- Located a little under five miles from downtown, Drury University offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
- Evangel University , nearly five miles from the city center, offers both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in criminal justice. This school requires religious studies.
- At Southwest Baptist University , almost 32 miles from Springfield, students can earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. They can also choose to minor in criminal justice.
Comparison of Schools
|Drury University||Evangel University||Southwest Baptist University|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||3,512*||2,112*||3,592*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Midsize city||Distant town|
|Tuition & Fees Per Academic Year (2017-2018)||$27,015*||$22,745*||$23,358*|
|% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||99%*||100%*||97%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||66%*||99%*||73%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||88% for full-time students*||79% for full-time students*||64% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (For Students Beginning in 2011)||55%*||48%*||45%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Drury University's Department of Behavioral Sciences administers several degree programs in criminology and criminal justice. The department focuses on coursework related to human behavior and also offers programs in psychology and sociology.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Drury's bachelor's degree program in criminal justice provides students with an overview of the criminal justice field. Students take a series of required courses in ethics, criminology, victimology, juvenile delinquency and the criminal justice process. Students who would like to pursue a curriculum that includes criminal investigations training can take elective courses from the school's criminology program in topics such as forensic science, anatomy of murder and case preparation.
At Evangel University, students can earn a BA or BS in Criminal Justice; the coursework is the same for either degree. In addition, all undergraduate students are required to take a core sequence of general education and religious courses.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Students complete coursework in criminal law and procedure, criminal behavior and law enforcement administration. They also choose from a variety of elective courses. An elective course in criminal investigation covers evidence identification, interrogation, report writing, crime laboratory work and the history of criminal investigation. Students can take a practicum course, in which they gain experience working in a law enforcement agency under supervision.
Southwest Baptist University
Southwest Baptist University's Department of Behavioral Sciences offers a criminal justice program for undergraduates that is composed of introductory courses in the field. The department also offers degree programs in psychology, sociology and social work.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Students take courses in the judicial process, corrections, criminology, abnormal psychology and juvenile delinquency. They also can take elective coursework in topics such as human diversity, criminal law, police methods and the Constitution. A minor in criminal justice is also available.
Other School Options
Another option for criminal investigations training is College of the Ozarks, a private Christian school about 40 miles south of Springfield. It offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice that has tracks in corrections and law enforcement. The school's Criminal Justice Club allows students the opportunity to participate in ride alongs with law enforcement officers.