Criminal justice is an ever-evolving field that requires qualified professionals who have both a deep understanding of our legal system and adept interpersonal skills. At SNHU, you can earn the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with real-world perspective. Expanding the boundaries of a traditional criminal justice program, you’ll be exposed to current theory, discretion in decision making, emerging national and global trends, and effective communication strategies.
SNHU's unique online criminal justice degree curriculum is taught by knowledgeable faculty members with years of real world, hands-on experience.
Our criminal justice faculty have experience working for major law enforcement agencies, including:
If you have completed a basic police, corrections or probation and parole academy training, you may receive up to 12 credits toward your criminal justice degree at SNHU.
Explore current issues in corrections, including evidence-based programs and practices that address the rehabilitation of offenders. Students will gain a foundation in policies and procedures, laws and regulations, and staffing needs in correctional institutions.
The criminology concentration provides a comprehensive overview of social and behavioral sciences in relation to criminal behavior. Examine the psychosocial theories of crime and identification of causal factors associated with inception, continuity and subscription to a criminal lifestyle.
Homeland Security & Counterterrorism
The concentration in homeland security and counterterrorism offers you a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the threat of terrorism. Examine the history of terrorism, how terrorist groups succeed and fail, and responses to domestic and international terrorist campaigns.
Human Services & Advocacy
Explore the function and duties of civilian advocacy and how advocates interact with the various components of the criminal justice system in the human services and advocacy concentration. Examine public policy, child welfare and support services that help families navigate the system.
Police Administration & Operations
The concentration in police administration and operations helps students understand the demands, functions and goals of modern police agencies. Students will gain an understanding of the roles police agencies assume in the U.S.
With increasing recognition of the substance abuse crisis in the U.S., the need for highly skilled community workers is on the rise. The substance abuse concentration was built to help you become a voice for justice and a conduit for recovery for people in treatment facilities, outpatient programs and the court system.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Substance Abuse offered by Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) does not directly lead to licensure. It does provide a significant portion of the substance abuse coursework most often recognized as necessary for licensure. Students seeking licensure and/or certification may be required to complete additional coursework and will be required to complete fieldwork as prescribed by each state. Most states also require a passing score on a licensing exam.
The licensure process and educational requirements for drug and alcohol counselors vary from state to state. This program does not directly lead to licensure.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact their state board or agency for additional information regarding the licensure process and educational requirements. If the student moves to another state, the requirements for licensure will likely be different from the state where the student currently resides, and the student is responsible for determining the licensure requirements in the state to which he/she relocates. Southern New Hampshire University does not guarantee that the completion of this program will result in state licensure or certification.
SNHU's BS in Criminal Justice emphasizes coursework built to prepare you for various civilian and sworn positions. With faculty members who work closely with their students to offer professional insights and firsthand experience in criminal justice roles, the bachelor’s in criminal justice will put you on the path toward a wide variety of post-graduation career opportunities.
In the online bachelor's in criminal justice degree program, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. Benefits of earning your criminal justice degree online at SNHU include:
Whether you’re looking to start a career in criminal justice or advance in your current role, earning your criminal justice degree opens doors to positions in a variety of areas:
Both civilian and sworn careers are projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to have an average growth rate through 2026 (6% and 7% respectively).*²
Law enforcement positions may involve additional training and eligibility requirements.
Today, duties go beyond protecting and serving, and jobs in the criminal justice field demand critical thinkers with tip-top communication skills. That’s why SNHU’s bachelor’s in criminal justice program includes an embedded communication certificate that covers these subjects:
Built to prepare learners with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to communicate effectively to internal and external audiences in various contexts, students examine written, oral and non-verbal communication skills and techniques to improve their ability to collect and convey field-related information.
SNHU's bachelor's in criminal justice program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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