Criminal Justice Universities
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Albany State University - Albany(GA) - The Department of Criminal Justice offers Bachelor of
Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, and Master of Science
Degree in Criminal Justice. The degree programs prepare students for professional employment in
the criminal justice system and or/ for graduate studies in criminal justice and law. The Department
is located in the Catherine M. Hartnett Building, located on the lower campus. The building is a
state of the art facility, with an auditorium that seats 150 people, a computer lab, satellite capability
for distance learning, mock courtroom, forensic laboratories, modern classrooms and offices.
American International College - Springfield(MA) - This site could change your future. We
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American University - Washington, D.C. - The B.A. in Justice analyzes the foundations,
functions, policies and procedures of justice. Crime and deviance are major public policy concerns
in American society, and systems of justice are the major public policy responses for dealing with
these problems. Cross cultural and international perspectives are brought to bear when they shed
light on the nature of crime and deviance in America or on the workings of American systems of
Andrew Jackson University - Birmingham(AL) - Associates / Bachelors / Masters
Programs. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program prepares students for
successful leadership or managerial careers in law enforcement and other criminal justice
agencies. This multidisciplinary, broad-based program includes a study in the overall criminal
justice discipline and stresses the application of theory and research to current managerial and
societal issues. Criminal justice policy, research methods, data analysis principles, and
criminological theory are introduced early in the program so students can gain skill in applying
theory and research as they investigate various managerial and ethical challenges.
A baccalaureate degree in the social sciences will qualify applicants to enter this program. Whether
gained by undergraduate study or workplace experience, a familiarity with basic statistics and
introductory calculus is required.
Appalachian State University - Boone(NC) - Welcome to the Political Science and Criminal
Justice home page! With great enthusiasm, PS/CJ wishes to share with you the exciting
developments that are on-going in the Department. Potential students and valuable alumni are
invited to explore this web site to garner information and learn about the scope and nature of
The faculty in PS/CJ believe that teaching is their number one mission. They devote a lion's share
of their energy and effort toward excellent instruction and high levels of interaction with students.
Accordingly, the Department offers a wide range of programs at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels. Our undergraduate programs include a very popular Bachelor of Science in
Criminal Justice (BSCJ), a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and career-oriented tracks in the
Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Our newest political science program is the
Pre-professional Legal Studies concentration which offers students the opportunity to learn about
and explore the legal profession in depth before applying to law school. Our graduate programs
include the Master of Arts in Political Science, Master of Public Administration, and the newly
approved Master of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology.
PS/CJ also has a large number of active and respected alumni. For example, our local government
management programs are very highly regarded. Approximately one-third of all North Carolina city
and county managers of alumni of these programs. Our alumni in criminal justice and political
science provide valuable contacts for students seeking internships and for those who generally
wish to network for future employment.
Arizona State University - Tempe(AZ) - The School of Justice & Social Inquiry is concerned
with the empirical study of justice and injustice in contemporary societies. We are interdisciplinary
and transdisciplinary, with a tradition of strong ties with other units in law, the social sciences and
the humanities. Our program has three broad foci:
Economic Justice - particularly the global dimension of changing economic relations.
Social Justice, Law and Policy - focusing on environment, immigration, welfare, crime, and other
policies that inspire justice concerns, particularly around race, class, and gender.
Cultural Transformation and Justice - especially the role of the media and new technologies in
changing perspectives on justice.
The School of Justice & Social Inquiry (SJSI) is recognized as a leader in the interdisciplinary study
of justice. ASU was the first university in the nation to establish a justice studies program and we
are a founding member of the Law and Society Association’s Consortium for Graduate Law and
Society Programs (CGLSP). Part of our strength as an academic unit lies in the combination of
backgrounds we bring to our work. Our faculty have advanced degrees in anthropoplogy,
geography, law, political science, psychology, sociology and science/technology studies. Our goal
is to convey the importance of justice as a field of study through our research and through our
SJSI fields a broad range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We encourage
cross-campus engagement and links with the community to bring justice issues to the fore. The
SJSI Teaching Mission Statement describes our academic commitments. At the graduate level we
offer an interdisciplinary PhD and a joint JD/PhD. The program is well-suited for post-JD students
and for those with substantive interests in fields that are strong at ASU, such as science and
technology, Latino/a studies, and environment. Our goal is to attract intellectually curious,
theoretically engaged students at every level.
Arizona State University West - Phoenix(AZ) - The program provides an interdisciplinary
social science perspective to the study of administration of justice; it presents a focused study of
crime, law, and the criminal justice system. Primary components of criminal justice and criminology
study include analysis of the theories, laws, policies, and practices associated with the
administration of justice. The curriculum focuses on the examination of social science research,
critical examination of the manner in which the criminal justice system operates, and diversity
concerns pertaining to the administration of justice.
The Criminal Justice and Criminology curriculum provides interdisciplinary social science courses
relevant to crime, law, and justice for students working in the criminal justice field, those anticipating
justice system related careers (including the legal profession), and interested non-majors.
The School of Criminal Justice and Criminology provides an interdisciplinary approach to
understanding issues related to the field of criminal justice. Societal concern about issues of crime,
crime prevention, and victimization necessitate that state and federal monies be devoted to the field
of criminal justice. Consequently, this field is one of the fastest growing areas of employment.
Graduates of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology program find employment in both the
public and private sector. Employment opportunities exist in the areas of law enforcement,
probation, parole, corrections, private security, court personnel, legal offices, and victim witness
advocate agencies. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in law and in social science
The 51 semester hour Bachelor of Science degree program in Criminal Justice and Criminology
consists of 24 hours of major core courses, 21 hours of major elective courses, and 6 hours in a
related field. A student must attain a grade of "C" or higher in all courses credited toward the major,
including courses in the related area.
Armstrong Atlantic State University - Savannah(GA) - The Department of Criminal
Justice, Social and Political Science offers three associate degree programs in criminal justice,
bachelor and master of science degrees in criminal justice, and a bachelor of arts in political
science, with the opportunity for either teacher certification or a concentration in public
administration. Students considering graduate school should take the foreign language option and
continue their linguistic study beyond the first intermediate course. Students may pursue associate
of applied science degrees in criminal justice with concentrations in law enforcement, law
enforcement with P.O.S.T. certification, or corrections.
The department endorses the ideal of liberal education and views it as an enlargement of
education in related professional areas. As such, all departmental programs and courses are
conceptually-based so that students will develop the theoretical sophistication to understand and
manage the practical realities of the field. Instructional effectiveness, public service, and scholarly
activity are inseparable components of this curricular integrity. The department encourages original
research by both faculty and students and supports community service through such vehicles as
the university’s Public Service Center.
Auburn University - Auburn(AL) - Auburn University offers an undergraduate degree in
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRIM) through the Department of Sociology. The major reflects
the integration of the study of criminal behavior and its application toward the criminal justice
system. In this sense the curriculum brings together the theory and research of traditional academic
social sciences with the practitioner orientation of more applied disciplines. The curriculum consists
of 120 semester hours and meets the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences accreditation
standards. Courses focus on such topics as violent crime, sentencing and corrections, policing, the
relationship between drugs and crime, victimization, and juvenile delinquency.
The program is made up of six full-time faculty as well as a number of adjunct instructors. Most of
the adjunct faculty are practitioners from various segments of the criminal justice system and bring
an applied focus to the program. The full-time faculty have expertise in a variety of specializations
within Criminology, and are actively involved in research in the discipline. Many of the faculty are
nationally recognized experts in their specialty areas.
More detailed information on the program can be found by using the links on this page, or by
accessing the AU Undergraduate & Graduate Bulletin.
Students within the Criminology and Criminal Justice program can participate in a student
organization, the Criminology Club, which hosts guest speakers and is involved in charitable
projects. Auburn University also has a chapter of the national honorary for Criminal Justice, Alpha
Ball State University - Muncie(IN) - Ball State University's Criminal Justice and Criminology
program was one of the first programs in the United States to be accredited by the Academy of
Criminal Justice Sciences. The department enjoys a national reputation based on its challenging
curriculum, dedication to student organizations, professional internship, and outstanding faculty.
Our department offers a wide variety of courses (all taught by departmental faculty) designed to
help you understand:
the dimensions and causes of crime and delinquency,
the structure of the American criminal justice system,
the philosophies and practices of various correctional programs, and
the techniques and theories of law enforcement.
You may select courses which will provide you with a broad-based program, or you may choose to
concentrate in a particular area of interest while pursuing your degree. Independent study courses
(one-on-one experiences with a faculty member) are available to you, should you choose to extend
your knowledge in a particular area.
The student internship program offers unique on-the-job experiences during your senior year.
Depending on availability, you may be placed in agencies at local, state, or national levels. The
internship is based upon the Federal School-to-Work program, which provides you with a semester
long (15 credit hours), 40-hour work week in a setting of your choosing.
Bay Path College - Longmeadow(MA) - The only bachelor's degree program in criminal
justice for women in Massachusetts and one of a handful in the nation, this program prepares you
for a variety of positions in the criminal justice field. As a criminal justice major, you learn the
structure, function, and decision-making processes of agencies and departments that deal with the
management and control of crime, criminal offenders, law enforcement, courts, correctional
institutions, and forensic science.
At Bay Path, criminal justice is a multidisciplinary major, incorporating a liberal arts foundation that
gives you a social, political and behavioral perspective, and also integrates the College's key
philosophy of leadership, communications, and technology…principles that are valuable in law
The career outlook for criminal justice is strong, and your employment or career direction can be in
a variety of settings, for example:
Law enforcement (local, state or federal)
Victim/Witness Advocate Program Worker
Corrections system (local, state or federal; or probation and parole)
Social or Youth Serivces Agency Worker
Court services or administration
Crime Laboratory Worker
Bluffton University - Bluffton(OH) - Of all the problems that the social sciences might
address, the upgrading of our criminal justice system may be among the most important. At Bluffton
University, this effort takes the form of an interdisciplinary major in criminal justice that is fully within
the liberal arts, and couched within the social sciences. Beyond the core of academic work in this
major, students may choose a concentration of study to prepare for a variety of professional
settings. Hands-on learning is available through internships and field experiences in a variety of
settings, such as prisons, juvenile services, courts, and mediation centers.
Emphasis on Restorative Justice
At Bluffton, we place a strong emphasis in our criminal justice major on the philosophy and practice
of restorative justice. This is a new paradigm for the way that we view crime that emphasizes the
restoration of healthy communities, the inclusion of victims and their needs, and a deeper
commitment to holding offenders accountable for the harms that they have caused while at the
same time supporting the reintegration of offenders back into the community. Through the lens of
restorative justice, students are encouraged to take a critical look at many of the fundamental
assumptions of the current criminal justice system, and explore alternatives to this system that are
more humane and just. Restorative justice fits within the ideals of the Anabaptist vision of the
college, and also is a philosophy that is increasingly utilized by both public and private criminal
justice services around the world.
Boise State University - Boise(ID) - The Department of Criminal Justice Administration
requires students to apply for upper division status. As a student, this means you must meet
certain requirements before you are given permission to complete 300 and 400 level classes.
There are some courses available to non-upper division students and student of other majors.
Bowling Green State University(OH) - The Criminal Justice Program provides students with
excellent academic training and experience through our classes and internship program. The
program is designed to prepare students to take and active role in criminal justice and to also
prepare students for continued trainining.
The Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University offers both a Bachelors of Science
(BS) and Masters of Science (MS) degree in Criminal Justice. Since its inception in 1972 the
Criminal Justice program has established a national reputation as one of the best four-year
programs in Criminal Justice. Follow the links below to learn more about our department.
The Criminal Justice program at Bowling Green State University produces graduates who can
critically assess issues and use that ability to impact the criminal justice system. Students are
prepared for a wide range of post-graduation endeavors. Many students successfully pursue
graduate degrees in criminal justice and law, as well as public administration, sociology and
counseling. Students also distinguish themselves by taking jobs with federal, state and local
agencies involved in criminal justice.
A 1988 study by the Police Executive Research Forum provided a good description of the
University's criminal justice program. It noted that police agencies do not want higher education to
provide technical training. Instead, agencies need students who can look at issues critically, make
informed judgments and decisions, have an understanding about human nature and social
arrangements, recognize cultural diversity, understand basic research, and communicate effectively.
The Criminal Justice program places emphasis on academics, oral and written communication and
research potential. The curriculum is largely concentrated in social and behavioral sciences with
core courses in government, law, psychology and sociology. Students take courses in other
departments, as well as in criminal justice, giving them the ability to look at a problem from many
viewpoints. This system exposes students to a wide diversity of faculty to explore different ideas
and issues. Various criminal justice courses are also required, as well as a rigorous internship in an
agency of the student's choice. In addition, every student must complete a major research paper
during the Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice.
An intense internship requirement is one of the program's strengths. Contact is maintained with
numerous agencies that accept interns on a regular basis. Internships may be arranged with law
enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, probation/parole authorities, private security
operations, prosecutors' and public defenders' offices, the local courts and some federal agencies.
Feedback from both the agencies and the interns has consistently verified the value of "in-the-field"
study to a well-rounded education.
Criminal justice majors are encouraged to become part of an active criminal justice organization
that provides excellent speakers, trips and social functions for members. A chapter of the criminal
justice honorary, Alpha Phi Sigma, provides recognition of outstanding criminal justice students.
Buena Vista University - Storm Lake(IA) - The School of Social Science, Philosophy and
Religion draws together an interdisciplinary emphasis in the areas of history, political science,
public administration, criminology and criminal justice, sociology/social work, social science,
psychology, philosophy, and religion. The school challenges the student to gain an understanding
of the past, a rapport with the present, and a sense for developing perspectives and priorities
related to the future. The intellectual, social, historical, political, philosophical, psychological, and
religious values of our globe are considered as the school seeks insight into the problems,
frustrations, and potential solutions of all societies. The areas of philosophy and religion, in dealing
with the great diverse themes of the mind and spirit, are a ministry to life.
We challenge you to gain an understanding of the past, a rapport with the present, and a sense for
developing perspectives and priorities relative to the future.
Buffalo State College - Buffalo(NY) - Criminal Justice is a multi-disciplinary academic program
which examines the characteristics and operations of the criminal justice system and relationships
between crime and crime control within the context of a democratic society. The program is
specifically designed to explore social, cultural, political, and organizational influences on criminal
justice policies and operations from both theoretical and real-world perspectives.
The Criminal Justice Program at Buffalo State is the oldest in Western New York. It has the largest
full-time faculty, broadest curriculum offerings, and provides the most intellectually challenging
program with a social science foundation. The program offers a large, well-qualified, full-time
faculty, who are trained in a variety of disciplines with a policy-oriented curriculum, grounded in the
social sciences. Furthermore, the faculty is nationally known, classes are relatively small and the
department is involved in the community with a well-developed internship program.
Butler University - Indianapolis(IN) - Sociology: The science or study of the origin, history,
and constitution of human society; social science. Also, the study of social organization and
institutions and of collective behavior and interaction, including the individual's relationship to the
group (Oxford English Dictionary).
Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to
the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from divisions of race and gender to the
shared beliefs of a common culture.
Sociology, criminology and urban affairs often are selected as majors for pre-professional study.
Whether you go straight to the work force, or on to Graduate studies, Butler's Sociology
department will prepare you for the future. Take some time to look through our site to see how we
can help create your future.
California Lutheran University - Thousand Oaks(CA) - Within the University's liberal arts
framework, criminal justice students develop both the knowledge and the values and ethical
consciousness required of individuals who wish to serve society through work in the legal and social
Offering broad foundation courses in sociology, political science, psychology, management, public
administration, criminology, and law, the criminal justice curriculum integrates carefully developed
multidisciplinary theory with the teaching of contemporary criminal justice practice. By combining
coursework, internships and special research projects, criminal justice graduates are fully prepared
to enter a wide range of public law enforcement agency work or to pursue advanced study in law
and judicial administration.
Students who take the department's legal studies minor pursue an interdisciplinary study of the law
and the legal process, drawing on courses in the social sciences, humanities, and business. The
minor addresses the many social, political, philosophical, and economic questions that arise in the
enforcement of the nation's laws.
With greater local and national attention focused on law enforcement and national security, criminal
justice students with bachelor's degrees are in demand; more than 80 percent of Cal Lutheran's
graduates secure employment in the field immediately upon graduation.
California State University - Bakersfield(CA) - CSUB’s Criminal Justice Department offers
course work for individuals who are interested in understanding the causes, responses, and impact
of crime on communities. Students learn about the criminal justice system’s place in society, its
development through time, and the role of society’s views towards crime and punishment and how it
shapes the system’s actions, values, philosophies, and resources. Specific studies include course
work addressing the network of formal institutions and processes such as law enforcement, juvenile
and adult courts, as well as corrections. Criminal Justice majors leave CSUB grounded in the
intricacies of the U.S. justice system network, the theories underlying criminal behavior, and the
research methodologies used to develop and test such hypotheses. Additionally, majors and non-
majors have the opportunity to take elective courses on ethics, drugs, prisoners’ and victims’ rights,
as well as classes addressing race and gender issues involving crime and prosecution.
California State University - Fresno(CA) - The Department of Criminology provides
undergraduate and graduate education in criminology for students planning professional careers in
the criminal justice field. The program is diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of job
opportunities in the field, including direct service and administration in law enforcement,
corrections, victimology/victim services, and juvenile justice.
A baccalaureate degree in Criminology is offered in either law enforcement, corrections, or the
California State University - Fullerton(CA) - Criminal justice is the study of the causes,
consequences and control of crime. Like other new and developing fields, criminal justice is difficult
to define as it draws from a number of different disciplines, including psychology, public
administration, philosophy, political science, sociology and law.
The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed to acquaint pre-service
and in-service students with the principles and practices of criminal justice in America. Although the
department’s curriculum allows for the development of depth in one of the subject’s substantive
subsystems (i.e., law enforcement, courts or corrections), the overriding objective is to familiarize
students with activities in all the above areas.
The department is both academic and professional in that it is an interdisciplinary attempt to relate
intellectual issues and practitioner perspectives to the challenge of crime in a free society. In this
regard, the department provides preparation for employment with a related agency and/or further
study (e.g., law school).
California State University - Long Beach(CA) - The Criminal Justice Department at CSULB
is preferred by more students majoring in Criminal Justice than any other university in Southern
California. Our program offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and our faculty
possesses a national reputation in their respective areas of expertise.
California State University - Sacramento(CA) - CSUS first offered police science and
administration in the form of four evening courses in 1949. By 1952 the Department of
Government, which housed the police science offerings within the emphasis in the public
administration, hired the first full time criminal justice professor and program coordinator, Allan
Gammage, and began offering regular day classes. By 1957 the program graduated 17 students;
two years later Paul B. Weston became the second program coordinator. By the mid-1960s the
program had doubled in size and the student population had shifted progressively from in-service
law enforcement personnel to undergraduates without prior police experience. In 1969 the program
moved to an independent Department of Police Science and Administration, which subsequently
was re-designated the Division of Criminal Justice. In 1971 the proposal for a masters of science in
criminal justice was approved, and in 1982 the division was moved to the new School of Health and
Human Services. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s the division offered both a BS in criminal
justice and a BS in forensic science but began phasing the forensic science program out in the
early 1990s after a review revealed that it was not able to provide adequate scientific training,
particularly in chemistry.
The division experienced rapid growth during the 1980s and currently has 1600 undergraduate
majors, making it one of the largest criminal justice departments in the country and one of the most
popular majors on this campus. Although its early students were almost universally white males,
they are now racially and ethnically diverse and more than half are females.
California State University - San Bernardino(CA) - A system of criminal justice must meet
the needs of each citizen as well as the needs of complex social, economic and governmental
institutions. The Bachelor of Arts degree program in criminal justice was developed with these
needs in mind and is appropriate for both career-bound preservice students and inservice
personnel in law enforcement, probation, parole, corrections, social service agencies and related
In addition, the program is designed to provide students with an appropriate academic background
for continuing their graduate studies in criminal justice, criminology or other areas such as law.
The criminal justice major is an interdisciplinary program with enough flexibility to permit students to
pursue their own interests. For example, students wishing to emphasize law enforcement may select
appropriate courses within the major and are encouraged to minor in administration, political
science or sociology. Students directed toward probation, parole or corrections work are advised to
select courses accordingly.
California State University - Stanislaus - Turlock(CA) - The Department of Sociology and
Criminal Justice offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in
Criminal Justice. Students may obtain the degree by completing either a General Major
Concentration or by completing a concentration in Law Enforcement, Corrections, or Forensic
Science. The program offers an appreciation of the full complexity of American criminal justice, and
permits students the opportunity to understand fully the social, legal, and technological progress in
criminal justice agencies. The major requires a variety of courses pertaining to the administration of
criminal justice and an equal number of courses on the nature, social, and psychological causes of
To prepare students for careers in highly competitive criminal justice positions, the department
offers students: (1) the courses rated by criminal justice alumni and professionals across the United
States as being the most valuable in the broad Criminal Justice field; (2) the courses determined by
the criminal justice faculty to be the most innovative, practical, and relevant to contemporary social
and political criminal justice issues; and (3) internships in forensics science, law enforcement,
prosecutorial, judicial, legal defense, corrections, and other branches of the criminal justice field.