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.
We understand that the cost and value of your education is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most affordable colleges in Vermont and why more than 80% of our students receive aid. We're here to help you fit this program into your unique financial picture. Contact this program's Admissions Counselor any time to discuss what types of financial aid are right for you.
Combined with scholarships and aid, a Vermont State education is within reach for students from all financial backgrounds. Speak with our Admissions Counselor to estimate what your true out-of-pocket costs might be for this program.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Social Work
$9,984 Full Time Annual
$19,992 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,416 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$7,830 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,068 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
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.
What You’ll Learn
In this concentration, you will:
Prepare to fill a wide variety of roles as a forensic social worker.
Learn the historical and philosophical background of the modern criminal justice system.
Learn about the parts of the U.S. criminal justice system and their functions.
Build a robust understanding of crime and criminal behavior through the lenses of both psychology and sociology.
Outside the Classroom, In the Community
You’ll gain extensive first-hand experience in a field placement within the criminal justice system to prepare for your career. Recent placements for students in the program have included Rutland Probation and Parole and Middlebury Probation and Parole.
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 v