Individuals interested in criminal justice programs in Connecticut will have several community colleges and universities to choose from and a variety of program options, ranging from minors to doctoral degrees. Undergraduate certificate programs allow students to focus on fields within criminal justice, such as corrections or police administration. Associate's, bachelor's and master's-level programs are also available and may offer concentrations so students can choose a program that best fits their needs. Listed below are brief overviews of criminal justice programs at 10 of Connecticut's largest schools, followed by a table comparing each school's tuition and what each school offers.
Central Connecticut State University
Located in New Britain, Central Connecticut State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, a minor in criminal justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The 39-credit baccalaureate option covers topics such as corrections, criminal procedures and research methods in criminal justice. Students are also required to take a handful of electives, a philosophy course and one of three statistics classes. The minor option consists of 18 credits. Students take major-specific courses that cover the criminal justice system, law enforcement and other topics.
The master's program is designed for students who would like to gain advanced training in theory and research related to aspects of criminal justice. This 30-credit program includes several core requirements, a capstone project and handpicked electives in a student's area of interest.
Housatonic Community College
Bridgeport-based Housatonic Community College has an associate-level program in criminal justice, a general studies associate degree with a concentration in criminal justice and a certificate option that will allow students to choose from one of three specializations in the field. Housatonic's associate degree program requires that students complete 60-63 credits and provides students with the opportunity to concentrate in one of the following areas: law enforcement, administration, security and loss prevention, corrections and investigation.
The school's general studies associate degree option with a concentration in criminal justice is geared towards students who would like to take the police department exam after receiving their associate degree. This program consists of 60-62 credits and provides students with a comprehensive education in addition to coursework covering criminal justice topics, such as criminal law and forensic science.
Students interested in earning a certificate in criminal justice can choose from one of the following three specializations: police management and administration, corrections and criminal investigation. Each option consists of 27 credits and gives students concentrated training in the area of their choice.
Manchester Community College
Located in Manchester, Manchester Community College offers a 60-credit Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program. This program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, in addition to training in multiple areas of criminal justice. Students must fulfill the criminal justice core requirements and have elective options in areas such as criminal justice, corrections and security services. Through the core curriculum and specialized electives, students become versed in the theories, principles and methods of criminal justice, enabling them to pursue a bachelor's degree in the field or seek employment through public or private agencies.
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Located in Waterbury, Naugatuck Community College offers an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice/Public Safety program, with five areas of concentration. Students can choose to specialize in law enforcement, corrections, computer crime deterrence, forensics or security. The course sequence will be determined after a student completes the required placement testing. This program prepares students to seek entry-level employment or transfer to a four-year college or university.
Norwalk Community College
Based in Norwalk, this community college offers an associate degree in criminal justice with three program tracks: investigation, science or juvenile. All three concentrations provide students with the training to seek entry-level employment in their field of choice, or they can pursue a bachelor's degree at four-year colleges or universities. Both the investigation and science options require students to complete 63-66 credits, including a variety of general education classes and major-specific coursework, such as criminal law, constitutional law and criminal investigation. The juvenile option consists of 66-69 credits and will also include general education courses, criminal justice core classes and additional coursework, such as psychology of adolescence.
Hamden's Quinnipiac University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice as well as a minor in the field through the school's Department of Sociology. The university's comprehensive baccalaureate program is designed to give students advanced training in criminal behavior in a sociological context. This 36-credit program also looks at crime response philosophy, criminal justice policy, the court system and the conditions that may promote criminal behavior. Major-specific coursework is combined with classes rooted in sociology, psychology and legal studies. In addition to the required coursework, students must complete one community internship and will have the option to participate in a second internship to gain supplementary experience. The school also offers an 18-credit minor in criminal justice, designed for students who would like to focus on a specific area of interest within the major.
Sacred Heart University
Located in Fairfield, Sacred Heart University offers a bachelor's degree, minor option and master's program in criminal justice through the College of Arts and Sciences. The bachelor's program requires students to complete at least 36 major-specific credits, including 24 credits of core classes. Students will take elective courses pertaining to corrections, law enforcement and security. In addition to the required coursework, students will complete a three- or six-credit internship where they will gain real-life experience at a criminal justice agency. Students interested in receiving a minor in the field must complete 18 credits and will take two required core classes and four electives within the major.
The 30-credit Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program offers two areas of concentration: national security and criminal justice management. In addition to taking core requirements, electives and coursework for the chosen concentration, a practicum experience and final thesis are required in order to successfully complete the program.
Three Rivers Community College
Three Rivers Community College in Norwich offers a certificate in criminal justice, as well as an associate degree option with concentrations available in enforcement and treatment. The associate degree program requires a minimum of 66 credits for ether concentration. Both programs integrate general education courses with major-specific coursework to provide students with a rounded education. Coursework in the enforcement option includes juvenile delinquency, criminal investigation, forensic science and a criminal justice practicum. Students who opt for the treatment concentration will take classes in understanding sexual abuse, substance abuse, criminology and other courses. A criminal justice practicum is also an option.
The 27-credit certificate option gives students a strong foundation in the field through coursework in criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure, constitution law and forensic science, among other subjects.
University of Hartford
Located in West Hartford, the University of Hartford offers a 40-credit Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program that provides students with training in the field through a handful of required classes and electives in human behavior and social conflict. This comprehensive program based in the liberal arts offers students a range of topics, including social research methods, criminology and the justice system. Elective coursework may include abnormal psychology, juvenile delinquency, drugs and society, policing society and constitutional law. In addition to the required coursework, students must also complete an internship that will provide them with additional, hands-on training in the field.
University of New Haven
Located in West Haven, the University of New Haven offers diverse criminal justice programs through eight certificate options, an associate degree with two concentrations, a bachelor's degree option with eight concentrations and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. Students can earn a certificate in one of the following seven areas: crime analysis, forensic computer investigation, emergency management, fire/arson investigation, information protection and security, law enforcement science, paralegal studies and victim services. Credit and course requirements will vary depending on the program.
Students working towards a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, with a concentration in law enforcement administration or correction, can also earn an associate-level degree upon completion of 61 credits. In order to receive a baccalaureate degree, students must complete 122 credits and choose from one of the following eight areas of concentration: corrections, crime analysis, forensic psychology, international justice and security, investigative services, juvenile and family justice, law enforcement administration and victim services administration. In addition to the required coursework for each concentration, the university offers internship and cooperative education opportunities that provide students with hands-on experience.
The university's PhD program allows students to choose an area of specialty and attend either full-time or part-time. This program integrates lectures, online courses and hybrid courses, providing students with a balanced education en route to receiving their degree.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Criminal Justice Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Central Connecticut State University||University, public; large suburb|| Minor in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
|$10,616 in-state, $23,124 out-of-state*|
|Housatonic Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city|| Criminal Justice Certificate,
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice,
Associate in Science in General Studies with a Criminal Justice Concentration
|$4,404 in-state, $13,172 out-of-state*|
|Manchester Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Criminal Justice||$4,464 in-state, $13,232 out-of-state*|
|Naugatuck Valley Community College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb||Associate of Science in Criminal Justice/Public Safety||$4,424 in-state; $13,192 out-of-state*|
|Norwalk Community College||Two-year, public; small city||Associate in Science in Criminal Justice||$4,414 in-state, $13,182 out-of-state*|
|Quinnipiac University||University, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Minor in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
|Sacred Heart University||University, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Minor in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
|Three Rivers Community College||Two-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Criminal Justice,
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice
|$4,464 in-state, $13,212 out-of-state*|
|University of Hartford||University, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice||$40,694*|
|University of New Haven||University, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Certificate in Crime Analysis (among others),
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice
Source: *NCES, College Navigator.