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Online Degree in Criminology & Crime Analysis BS in Criminal Justice Concentration

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

Learn Crime Analysis Online

  • $320/credit (120 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Get up to 12 credits for law enforcement training
  • Learn from instructors with frontline experience
  • Dive deep into analyzing criminal behavior
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Online Criminology Degree Concentration Overview

What leads to deviant behavior? How does someone go from antisocial to sociopath? Why does one person rise above adverse conditions while another adopts a life of crime? What’s behind the criminal mind?

Explore the answers to these questions and more in SNHU's online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminology and Crime Analysis.

Building on our core criminal justice curriculum, this concentration will give you the opportunity to apply criminological theory to develop crime reduction and prevention strategies. You'll examine the important roles that criminologists and crime analysts play in the development of data-based, proactive policing methods and crime prevention policies.

You'll then bridge the study of deviant behavior with the analysis of data designed to solve real-world problems associated with prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. Plus, you'll learn this critical knowledge of the criminal justice system from faculty who've served on the front lines of the field.

As you complete your criminology and crime analysis courses, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in law enforcement, social services and related fields. Armed with specialized knowledge in data-driven problem solving, you can position yourself for success in today's criminal justice job market.

Learn how to:

  • Evaluate the impact of technology and societal trends on criminal justice
  • Communicate effectively and professionally to diverse audiences
  • View other people and cultures with empathy and compassion
  • Make sound decisions in relation to laws, regulations and ethical standards
  • Develop research-based solutions to complex problems facing the field
  • Examine human behavior via social, behavioral and criminological theories

Learn what makes Southern New Hampshire University's criminal justice program one of the nation’s largest and most popular. Dr. Jeff Czarnec, SNHU’s associate dean of criminal justice and social science programs, explains why our course content, faculty and learning experience stand out.

Career Outlook

By earning your online degree in criminology and crime analysis, you'll be well-positioned for the fastest-growing career paths in this field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports over 285,000 new jobs in protective service occupations1 and 12% growth in demand for social and community service occupations through 2030.1

Whether you’re looking to break into the field or seeking a promotion, earning your bachelor's degree in criminology opens doors in a number of areas, including:

  • Police and detectives: According to the BLS, detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence for criminal cases. They also observe the activities of suspects and make arrests. The BLS projects 7% growth for this area of law enforcement through 2030 and a median annual salary of $67,290.1
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists: Probation officers, also called community supervision officers, supervise people placed on probation. Correctional treatment specialists, also known as case managers, develop rehabilitation plans for people on probation or parole. Some work with adults, others in juvenile justice. The BLS reported a median annual salary of $55,690 for probation officers in 2020.1
  • Social and community service managers: Professionals in this role work on behalf of the public well-being. Some focus on children, homeless people, older adults or veterans. Others help people with substance abuse or mental health needs. The BLS projects 15% growth for social and community service managers through 2030 and a median annual salary of $69,600.1

In addition to these occupations, your online criminology and crime analysis degree can prepare you to pursue an advanced degree in law or sociology. Sociologists who specialize in crime (also known as criminologists) analyze penal systems and populations to study the causes and effects of crime. The BLS cites the 2020 median salary for sociologists as $86,110.1

Law enforcement positions may involve additional training and eligibility requirements. Some students also choose to gain more knowledge through an online master's in criminal justice, which offers a general track, as well as 2 career-focused concentrations – public safety administration and advanced counterterrorism & homeland security.

Earn credits for what you already know: Did you know certain work and life experience – like industry-recognized certifications, law enforcement training and math knowledge – could save you time and money at SNHU? Learn how you could get credit for work or life experience.

Courses & Curriculum

A criminology degree provides an intense exploration of the criminal mind. Topics range from theories of crime and punishment to the psychological and social basis of criminal behavior. The degree also offers you a window into rehabilitation and recidivism, studies of specific types of crime, and social attitudes and policy.

Throughout the criminology courses in the online criminal justice degree program, you'll acquire the skills and knowledge you need to pursue your career goals. Our unique criminology degree online program gives you a foundation in essential criminal justice principles with courses such as:

  • Cultural Awareness in Criminal Justice
  • Communication Skills for Criminal Justice
  • Technology in Criminal Justice

Critical thinking and communication are crucial for success in the field. That's why this program includes courses that build to a criminal justice communication certificate – a bonus if you want to move up the ranks.

Dr Jeff Czarnec in a suit with text "Dr. Jeff Czarnec"“Criminal justice programs have the direct responsibility to help ensure that future law enforcement professionals have an enhanced understanding of the human condition along with strong critical thinking skills in order to become culturally competent public servants,” said Dr. Jeff Czarnec, SNHU’s associate dean of criminal justice and social science programs.

Beyond your core criminal justice courses, you'll enhance your knowledge with this criminology specialization. The criminology and crime analysis degree concentration consists of 4 freshly designed courses:

  • Criminology and Public Policy. Discover how the role and responsibilities of criminologists in the criminal justice field influence the development of various forms of public policies. Explore social control, deviance theories and the relationship between the constitution and civil liberties and public policies.
  • Prevention of Crime. Apply your knowledge of criminological theory to analyze how it contributes to effective prevention of crime within communities. Study the relationship between environmental design, evidenced based interventions and criminological research in preventing crime.
  • Data-Based Policing Strategies. Examine the historical evolution of data in policing strategies and study the challenges and benefits of data analysis in the deployment of proactive policing strategies. Apply knowledge of data to determine how it is used to prevent crime.
  • Crime Analysis and Solutions. Learn the various methodologies used in research to analyze the successes and failures of research-based policing strategies. Use common tools and technology to determine patterns and trends related to criminal activity.

Courses in our bachelor of criminology degree are taught by highly regarded, accomplished faculty with years of real-world, hands-on experience. SNHU’s online faculty reflect the advanced academic qualifications and practical experience of a top-ranked, accredited university.

Bara Alkafil with text Bara AlkafilBara Alkafil ’16 appreciated that many of her criminal justice classes were taught by current and retired police officers. “Whenever they discussed what happens in the real world, it made me want to learn more about law enforcement,” she said.

Alkafil, a refugee from Iraq, chose criminal justice to help people the way she and her family were helped many years ago. “It is because of people's ability to help one another and serve justice (that) I am no longer a refugee and (now) a citizen of the greatest country in the world,” she said.

Our criminal justice faculty have experience working for major law enforcement agencies, including:

  • Atlanta Police Department
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Homeland Security
  • Houston Police Department
  • Miami Police Department
  • New York City Police Department

Kelcey Kennedy '19 '21G could feel just how much the instructors wanted students to succeed.Kelcey Kennedy

They understand that life gets busy and that we all have different things going on, so they make the workload manageable," she said. "They are very fair with the workload and grading processes and if for any reason you need help, they are there every step of the way. In the end, they want you to learn and become successful and will do anything they can to be a positive piece in your educational journey."

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All online bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Save time and tuition: Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment with our Pathways to Math Success assessments.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also 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.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.