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NLU Criminal Justice Degree Online

Criminal Justice Degree Online

Thanks to advances in technology, curriculum design and broadband adoption, fully accredited online degree programs are now an option for today’s time-strapped student who may be balancing work and/or family with education.

Why Pursue an Online B.A. in Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice degrees, with their particular blend of law, psychology and sociology, are popular for students who seek both high meaning in work and the self-service customization of an online education. Having the freedom to study a variety of elements within the legal, behavioral, socio-cultural and mental-health disciplines is what makes this degree attractive to many.

In other words, it offers something for everybody, including those already in the field who want to further their professional development while gaining academic credit for previous relevant work and life experience. (Learn more about criminal justice jobs.)

What You'll Learn

Coursework typically consists of research methods, criminology, corrections, and law enforcement. Knowing how human and behavioral services are integral to addressing the roots of criminal issues is also important. Many programs will encourage a broader look at key policy trends affecting the U.S. justice system, along with standard operating procedure in criminal justice agencies and the corrections system.

Training in psychology, sociology, public policy and organizational management gives students a broad foundation to support a criminal-justice calling. Supplemented by forensic science (and life sciences), statistics, mathematics, logic & effective thinking, and U.S. history & government, core criminology and law-oriented coursework achieves a particular depth and balance.

A blended degree will also complement the online aspect with in-person “hands-on” components like lab work or job internships. With cybercrime on the rise, students with prior experience in computer science or information technology can potentially position themselves for cybersecurity roles in the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Homeland Security.1

Convenience of Criminal Justice Degrees

The convenience and accessibility of online degrees suit the needs of a wide variety of students who are often trying to balance work, family and education. They may be looking to make a career change or advance in a current related job role. This growing group has prompted traditional universities to create online criminal justice programs, as well as blended modalities with the convenience of online coursework and the personal interaction of classroom instruction.

At NLU, a B.A. in Criminal Justice (also available online) equips graduates to serve in law enforcement, courts, corrections systems or other associated private industries. Additionally, it examines theories about why people commit crimes, the effects of criminal behavior on society, and how to react to and reduce crime in today’s world. It also covers criminal investigation methods and the foundation of the criminal law and justice system.

Source References [+]

1. “Online Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree.” U.S. News & World Report.


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