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BS in Criminal Justice - Human Services

Southern New Hampshire University's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a concentration in Human Services is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to become a member of the criminal justice industry. Read more about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Human Services

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

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Program Prerequisites:

Students enrolling in Southern New Hampshire University's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Human Services program usually display an affinity for law, problem-solving skills, decision-making skills, and diplomacy. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Human Services program offered by Southern New Hampshire University is designed to prepare students to enter or move up in the criminal justice field by developing their communication skills, critical thinking abilities, and understanding of the communities they aim to serve. Students have the opportunity to learn about the influence of ever-changing technologies and societal norms on criminal justice entities and strategies to encourage positive relationships between community and criminal justice organizations. They can also explore research-based solutions to issues facing criminal justice professionals as well as the laws, ethics, and regulations involved in effective decision-making. The concentration in human services is designed to teach students how to consider civilian advocacy groups and services and how those organizations interact with the criminal justice system. Within this program, there is the opportunity for an internship in order to gain more hands-on experience.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid in the forms of student loans and grants is available to students who qualify. Students may also be eligible for military and veteran benefits. Contact Southern New Hampshire University's financial aid office for more info.

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Human Services

The 120-credit-hour Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Human Services program includes criminal justice major classes and human services concentration courses in addition to general education and elective courses. Contact Southern New Hampshire University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Criminal Justice Major Courses (39 credits)

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Awareness in Criminal Justice
  • Communication Skills for Criminal Justice
  • Policing in the United States
  • The United States Judicial System
  • The United States Correctional System
  • Discretion in Criminal Justice
  • Technology in Criminal Justice
  • Victimology
  • Criminology
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Problem Solving for Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Research Literacy in Social Sciences

Human Services Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Family and Community Systems
  • Ethics and Laws in Child Welfare

General Education Courses (42 credits)

  • Students must take this course in addition to various foundation, exploration, and integration courses.
    • Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Free Elective Courses (27 credits)

  • Students may select topics of professional or personal interest to complete this requirement for elective courses.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Many positions within the criminal justice system require a bachelor's degree, such as the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Human Services. However, in order to be marketable for leadership positions or within certain criminal justice entities a master's degree may be required.

Some programs that graduates may consider include:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Advanced Counterterrorism
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Public Safety Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security

Career Paths:

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Human Services program provides students with the opportunity to develop the theoretical, practical, and technological knowledge needed to enter or gain promotion within the criminal justice industry.

After graduation, students may pursue careers in positions that include the following:

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Probation officer
  • Legal advocate
  • Paralegal

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