Through Southern New Hampshire University's BS in justice studies program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the justice system and related professions, including law enforcement, probation/parole, corrections and judicial administration.
The program will provide more than a general examination of the field. You will learn the 'mechanics', from a study of our country's legal traditions to the role of the courts, to the current state of the U.S. correctional system. You will discover concepts that are the foundation of our justice system through introductions to ethics and logic, and subsequent courses will explore what we know as justice studies – law enforcement, probation/parole, corrections, court administration, criminology, homeland security and more.
Providing a deeper understanding are studies in psychology and sociology. How might we better understand the criminal mind? How do homeland security issues impact personal freedoms? What about victims' rights and the rights of the accused in our justice system? You will gain an understanding of the interconnections between justice-related disciplines and the fields of sociology and psychology.
You will cultivate both analytical and research/writing skills as you expand what you know and how to apply it. Among the outcomes you'll with your BS in justice studies degree:
- The ability to analyze and critique operational and public policy from social, administrative, juridical, philosophical and managerial perspectives;
- The skill to apply legal and justice research strategies and techniques to real-world challenges;
- The opportunity to develop "best practices" in various related professions; and
- The gaining of a deeper understanding of the role that morality and ethical reasoning play in the American legal system.
Additional Career Resources for a BS in Justice Studies
SNHU's Career Development Center – Justice Studies Outlook
Document that outlines all of the career options for students earning justice studies degrees.
Justice Studies Association
SNHU's organization for students interested in justice studies. JSA hosts special presentations from area professionals, arranges trips to various justice-related organizations and organizes community service projects.
Professional Organizations and Associations
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
A federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy and program development worldwide.
VERA Institute of Justice
An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice. VERA combines expertise in research, demonstration projects and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.
National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Office of Justice Programs
The Office of Justice Studies innovative leadership to federal, state, local and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies.
U.S. Department of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice’s mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.