Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is an ever-evolving field that requires professionals to be community builders, problem solvers, and excellent communicators. As a Criminal Justice student at Castleton University, you build these critical skills while examining the social, political, and historical impacts of crime and the criminal justice system to gain a broader understanding of human behavior and diversity.

We offer an Associate of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, as well as an 18-credit minor in the field.

Highlights of the Criminal Justice Program

  • Learn more about the law, factors that may lead to crime, the operation of the criminal justice system, issues regarding the fairness and effectiveness of the system, and the role and responsibilities of criminal justice professionals.
  • Understand 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.
  • Coursework and engaged work experiences provide a strong foundation to perform in a professional environment as well as the opportunity to continue your education in graduate school or law school.
  • Experience a broad spectrum of the law throughout Vermont, New England, and New York through a variety of course options. You will also gain knowledgeable field experience through both course requirements and internship opportunities.
  • A curriculum reflecting the growing academic quality and expectations of Criminal Justice programs across the United States.

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.