Criminal Justice Settings

Vermont State University’s Criminal Justice Settings Concentration within the Social Work B.S.W. program gives you the knowledge to effectively serve the needs of offenders and those affected by their crimes. Complement your thorough grounding in psychology and social work with an in-depth study of the criminal justice system, the factors that contribute to criminal behavior, and approaches to prevention and criminal rehabilitation.

Social work in criminal justice-related contexts is diverse, ranging from assisting incarcerated individuals with the process of re-integrating into society to helping victims of crime access support services. Wherever you decide to make a contribution, the skills and knowledge you acquire in this concentration will equip you for effective and rewarding service.

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Michael Reeves

Associate Professor, Social Work Program Director


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Why Criminal Justice Settings at Vermont State

  • Rewarding Career Path: Help support those who need it most. Whether you’re assisting people adjust to life after prison or helping victims receive support to recover from trauma, you’ll be engaging in meaningful work that makes a tangible difference in the lives of others. 
  • Multidisciplinary Perspective: Get a broad view of issues related to criminal justice. Our courses emphasize utilizing the concepts and insights from diverse disciplines including psychology, sociology, and history to give you a nuanced and thoughtful approach to your work.   
  • Job Opportunities: As a society, we will always struggle with crime, which means we’ll always need caring, competent individuals to fill criminal justice social work jobs. With the broad variety of roles social workers can play in a forensic setting, you can find a position that fits your passion. 

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Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • Victimology 
  • Criminal Behavior 
  • Family Violence 

Program Accreditation

Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through May 2029, ensuring it will provide you with the foundational skills, knowledge, and values for social work employment or to continue your studies in graduate school.

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