Colleges commonly offer criminal justice programs at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's levels. These programs are sometimes offered as crime and criminology or justice studies. Certificate programs are geared toward those pursuing a major in another field but who want an understanding of the justice system. Bachelor's programs are suitable for those pursuing careers as corrections, law enforcement or court officers and may incorporate work experience or criminal justice research. Certificate and degree programs in criminal justice are available fully online at some schools.
Southern New Hampshire University
Founded in 1935, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private not-for-profit institution located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Students can pursue a 5-course undergraduate certificate in crime and criminology or a 4-year bachelor's degree in justice studies with a concentration in crime and criminology.
The certificate program's coursework includes studies of criminal justice in the United States, the legal system and the handling of victims in the justice system. Pupils can also choose two additional courses that allow them to tailor their studies to satisfy their personal interests. These courses include such topics such as social problems, psychology of criminals, terrorism, white-collar crime and forensic psychology.
The bachelor's degree program has core courses covering correctional systems, law in the United States and criminal justice research. Through the crime and criminology concentration, students study causes for deviant behavior, how it feels to be a victim, methods for investigating white-collar crimes and organized crime. Learners conduct criminal justice research, engage in work experience and complete an internship.
Plymouth State University
Plymouth State University (PSU), located in Plymouth, New Hampshire, serves more than 7,000 students annually. It offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice that teaches students methods for solving criminal justice and law problems. Students also learn to behave professionally while solving crimes, helping victims and prosecuting criminals. Core courses cover corrections facilities, the criminal justice system, U.S. Constitutional law, the use of computers in crime solving and methods of law enforcement.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Southern New Hampshire University||4-year, private nonprofit; midsize city|| Crime and Criminology Certificate,
BS in Justice Studies - Crime and Criminology
|Plymouth State University||4-year, public; remote town||BA in Criminal Justice||$13,128 (in-state), $21,208 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator