Several schools in Idaho offer associate and bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Some programs offer specializations in law enforcement, corrections or criminal justice administration. Students who have completed police officer academy or corrections officer training may be able to reduce their credit requirements. Depending on the school, some courses may be offered online. Of the 16 public and private not-for-profit schools located in Idaho, eight offer criminal justice degree programs, and seven are outlined below.
Boise State University
Located in Boise, Boise State University offers associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice. The undergraduate programs include introductory courses in policing and corrections, while curriculum for the master's degree allows students to learn about advanced topics in crime theory, criminal justice management, criminal justice statistics and research methodologies. There are about 800 undergraduate criminal justice students here along with 35 graduate students. Students can find criminal justice courses at the school's Gowen Field, Meridian Center and Twin Falls locations, in addition to the main campus. With the school's AfterWork program, they can also earn criminal justice undergraduate degrees during weekends and in the evenings. There are even options to complete program requirements online.
College of Southern Idaho
The College of Southern Idaho can be found in Twin Falls and offers a 64-credit-hour Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program with two areas of specialization. Students pursuing the criminal justice option learn about search and seizure laws and criminal evidence law, while those in the corrections specialist concentration take classes on criminology, inmate constitutional rights and community corrections.
College of Western Idaho
Nampa's College of Western Idaho offers an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program that can be completed on-campus or online. Curriculum includes introductory coursework in law and justice, police and corrections. Students can also take advantage of service opportunities through the school's criminal justice club. Internship opportunities are available as well.
Idaho State University
Idaho State University is located in Pocatello. This 4-year school's Associate of Arts in Criminology program offers courses in crime, corrections, juvenile delinquency, sociology and abnormal psychology. The program requires a total of 64 credits including an internship. This school also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology if a student is interested in a 4-year degree.
Lewis-Clark State College
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston can also choose from among two concentration options. The first is in criminal justice, while the second focuses on corrections and human services. Both programs provide opportunities for students to train with criminal justice agencies. There is also a justice studies minor available to those who want to major in something else but would still like to take courses in criminal law, criminal justice and criminal investigation.
North Idaho College
Students interested in criminal justice can find associate degree programs at North Idaho College, which is located in Coeur d'Alene. These are largely transfer programs intended for students who're planning to apply course credits towards a 4-year bachelor's degree after graduation. Curriculum can be tailored to correspond with program requirements at the college or university the student plans on transferring to. This program is also appropriate for students who would like to enter the job field. Program graduates can pursue positions with private security or law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities and motor vehicle departments.
Northwest Nazarene University
Located in Nampa, Northwest Nazarene University offers criminal justice students the option of earning a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. Students in both programs take introductory courses in areas like policing, corrections and juvenile justice. Other topics of study cover abnormal psychology, modern social problems and civil liberties. Students interested in earning the B.S. are required to complete additional coursework in sociology and psychology, including a course and corresponding lab in experiment design. All students complete a criminal justice field test during their senior year.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Criminal Justice Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Boise State University||4-year, public; midsize city|| Associate of Science in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
| $7,694 (in-state)*
|College of Southern Idaho||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice|| $3,360 (in-district)*
|College of Western Idaho||2-year, public; rural||Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice|| $3,336 (in-district)*
|Idaho State University||4-year, public; small city|| Associate of Arts in Criminology,
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology
| $7,420 (in-state)*
|Lewis-Clark State College||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies,
Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies
| $6,618 (in-state)*
|North Idaho College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice
| $3,396 (in-district)*
|Northwest Nazarene University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Source: *NCES College Navigator.