Criminal Justice, B.S.  

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Serve, protect, and empower positive change with an online criminal justice degree from Vermont State University. You’ll build a broad base of knowledge as you study law enforcement, corrections, courts, criminology, and ethics. Then, choose from a variety of electives or select a concentration to deepen your understanding in an area that matches your career trajectory.

Courses on contemporary issues including race and environmental justice will enrich your perspective and increase your sensitivity. Practical courses like Crime Scene Investigation and targeted internships will give you the tools you’ll need as a criminal justice professional. You’ll graduate with a strong foundation to begin your career in corrections, the courts, or law enforcement or to pursue law school and other graduate studies.

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Pat Brougham

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Why Study Criminal Justice at Vermont State?

  • Promising Career Opportunities: Our rigorous curriculum fuels strong results. Graduates have launched their careers with the U.S. Secret Service, Interpol, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, court systems, social justice nonprofits, and law enforcement agencies. 
  • Online Program: You don’t have to put your life on hold to earn your criminal justice degree. The coursework component of the program is completely online and offered asynchronously, meaning you can complete your work according to your schedule.  
  • Broad Career Preparation: Prepare for a range of criminal justice degree jobs in areas including juvenile justice, law enforcement, corrections, probation, law, and advocacy. Or, continue your professional journey with graduate studies.  
  • Get Ready for Law School: Prepare for a successful law school application and build your résumé with internships at the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, public defender’s offices, and other law- related organizations in the region. 

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Sample Courses

  • Law Enforcement in America 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Crime 
  • Applying Restorative Justice Methods 

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