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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science Degree

Professors in Criminal Justice blend practical experience with the scholarship of the criminal justice academic to prepare students for positions in the criminal justice system at local, state, and federal levels and in the private sector. Career opportunities at the local and state level include town, village, and county police departments as well positions in probation, parole, juvenile justice, prosecution, and public defender offices and sheriffs’ departments. Career opportunities for law enforcement at the federal level exist in all federal agencies including the FBI, Secret Service, ICE, ATF, and DEA among others. Private sector positions are also available in insurance companies, social service agencies, and private corporations.

Criminal Justice Career Tracks
Administration of Justice: Students on this track have an interest in law as it pertains to court procedures and proceedings, both criminal and civil.

Public and Private Law Enforcement: Students on this track aspire to a career in local, state, and/or federal law enforcement.

Corrections and Supervision: Students on this track aspire to a career in probation, parole, juvenile justice, and jail and prison law enforcement services.

Criminal Justice Program Objectives:
Graduates in Criminal Justice will be able to:

1. Have a working knowledge of content domains within the field.
2. Be able to use the scientific method to critically think about issues relating to public safety and
protecting personal rights..
3. Understand the ethical issues associated ensuring public safety.
4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills appropriate to the field.
5. Demonstrate the personal skills necessary to effectively working within the field.

Practicum Requirement
Participation in at least one practicum experience is required of all students. The experience gained through the practice of theory and techniques in the field is an important element of the profession. Students are placed with community agencies and private practice sites under the supervision of professionals. In addition, students attend a weekly seminar that prepares them to search for, apply to and successfully interview with potential places of employment.

Program of Study

General Core Requirements
(Cj415 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice)

Criminal Justice Core (4 courses):

  • Cj101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Cj207 Criminology
  • Cj410 Practicum and Seminar I
  • Py321 Social Research (Mg330 Marketing Research and Nu311 Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice may be considered as a substitute for this requirement.)

Criminal Justice Career Tracks (4 courses):

Students must take a minimum of two courses in their chosen track (one at the 300- or 400-level) and a minimum of one course from each of the other tracks.

Track A: Administration of Justice

  • Cj203 Criminal Law
  • Cj205 Administration of Justice (required course)
  • Cj208 Evidence and Court Procedures
  • Cj304 Juvenile Justice
  • Cj331 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Cj335 Constitutional Law
  • Cj401 4th, 5th, 6th Amendment
  • Cj405 Special Issues in Law

Track B: Public and Private Law Enforcement

  • Cj102 Introduction to Corporate Security
  • Cj201 Police organization and Management (required course)
  • Cj202 Gender, Race, and Justice
  • Cj203 Criminal Law
  • Cj208 Evidence and Court Procedures
  • Cj301 Forensic Science
  • Cj304 Juvenile Justice
  • Cj341 Terrorism
  • Cj405 Special Issues in Law

Track C: Corrections and Supervision

  • Cj106 Introduction to Corrections (required course)
  • Cj202 Gender, Race, and Justice
  • Cj215 Punishment and Corrections
  • Cj304 Juvenile Justice
  • Cj305 Probation and Parole
  • Cj331 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Cj405 Special Issues in Law

Criminal Justice Electives: Choose 3 courses

General Electives: Choose 9 courses

Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice – Vermont Police Academy Partnership

Highly performing students can consider applying for a program qualifying them to complete the required Vermont Police Academy for Vermont police officers as 16 credits of their degree program in the last semester of their education. Completion of the Vermont Police Academy may help qualify students for police departments in other states, but it is likely that most departments would seek specific state certification and additional training. The requirements, described below, are rigorous, and students attempting to qualify should begin preparing in their first year.

Students complete 28 courses of the 32 courses required for the Bachelor of Science program with a major in Criminal Justice in residence at SVC. Students interested in this opportunity must specialize in career Track B: Public and Private Law Enforcement. Students recommended by SVC will be required to complete the qualification process and be accepted into the Academy to be eligible to complete a degree in this track. Those students accepted into the program would enroll in 4 courses in Cj450 Law Enforcement Residency at SVC. Students take 4 courses in residency at the Academy. Upon successful completion of police academy training and certification as a police officer by the state of Vermont, they will be awarded 16 credits. A student who fails to complete police academy training will have to complete all requirements of the Criminal Justice major to receive a degree in Criminal Justice.

A student must have a total of five courses at the 300‐ or 400‐level in the major, Criminal Justice electives, and related electives to complete a major in Criminal Justice—Law Enforcement Track.

A student must be recommended to the Vermont State Police Senior Training Coordinator for consideration for acceptance into an Academy training class. In order to be eligible for recommendation, a student must be enrolled in a B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program in the Law Enforcement Track with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed a minimum of 16 courses with a minimum of 5 courses in Criminal Justice major courses. The number of seats available to SVC students each year will be determined by the Academy.

A student who is recommended must successfully complete all requirements for acceptance into the Academy as specified by Academy regulations. These include a written test, physical fitness test, MMPI, background investigation, and fingerprinting. Evaluation of students for acceptance, continuation, and completion will be the sole responsibility of the Academy.

Students are responsible for tuition, fees, and cost of uniforms, equipment, and training materials.

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