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BS in Criminal Justice with concentration in Criminology

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminology program was designed for individuals who want to study the criminal justice system while also learning the science and psychology behind criminal behavior. Learn more about this SNHU program and its curriculum here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminology

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Potential students of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminology program offered by SNHU may have an interest in working in the criminal justice or social work fields. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminology program was designed to help students develop an understanding of the sciences - social and behavioral - behind crime and criminal behavior. Courses allow for the exploration of deviant behaviors and psychosocial theories as well as allow students to gain fundamental knowledge of the criminal justice system and American politics. Topics likely covered in the concentration courses include psychopaths and infamous serial killers, psychological methods for understanding criminal behavior, abnormal psychology, and the consequences of crime to society

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with concentration in Criminology:

Criminal Justice Major Courses

  • JUS 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 202: Writing for the Criminal Justice Profession
  • CJ 104: Ethics and the Criminal Justice Leader
  • CJ 300: Research Methods for Criminal Justice
  • JUS 261: Judicial Administration
  • JUS 305: International Criminal Justice
  • JUS 331: Juvenile Justice System
  • JUS 375: Criminal Law
  • JUS 455: Legal Traditions
  • CJ 480: Capstone in Criminal Justice

Criminology Concentration Courses

  • CJ 303: Psychopaths, Sociopaths and Serial Killers
  • PSY 215: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 310: Criminal Psychology
  • SOC 324: Sociology of Crime and Violence

General Education Courses

  • 12 credits of Foundation Area courses
  • 24 credits of Exploration Area courses
  • 9 credits of Integration Area courses

Free Electives

  • 24 credits of free elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who would like to prepare for careers in management or criminal justice administration might wish to continue their education through a related master's degree program. Graduate programs may allow students to expand their knowledge of the U.S. criminal justice system or specialize in a subfield like counterterrorism or public administration. Some of the programs graduates of SNHU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with concentration in Criminology program could consider include:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Business Administration in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Advanced Counterterrorism

Career Paths:

After completing the program requirements for this online bachelor's degree program, students might be prepared to seek a variety of entry-level positions in the law enforcement and criminal justice fields. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with concentration in Criminology program could consider jobs in juvenile justice, private security, family services, probation, or gaming surveillance. Some of the positions could include, but are not limited to:

  • Parole Officer
  • Community Service Manager
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Security Agent

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