The Criminal Justice Program is designed for students interested in learning more about the law, the factors that may lead to crime, the operation of the criminal justice system, issues regarding the fairness and effectiveness of that system, and the role and responsibilities of criminal justice professionals.
The program offers an A.S. and B.A. degree in Criminal Justice as well as an 18 credit minor in the field.
At the hand of knowledgeable instructors you will examine the social, political, and historical impacts of crime and the criminal justice system to gain a broader understanding of human behavior and diversity. Additionally, you will learn the importance of research and develop important critical thinking, communication, and problem solving skills that will prepare you for a career in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, victims services, and the courts. Upon graduation you will have a strong foundation to compete in a professional environment as well as the opportunity to continue your education in graduate school or law school.
Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary field of study. It includes knowledge specific to the criminal justice system and process, and draws upon research and theory from fields such as sociology, psychology, law, history, and political science. The curriculum reflects the growing academic quality and expectations of Criminal Justice programs across the United States.
You will have the opportunity to experience a broad spectrum of the law throughout Vermont, New England, and New York through the variety of course options. You will also gain knowledgeable field experience through both course requirements and internship opportunities.