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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science Degree

Professors in Criminal Justice blend practical experience with scholarship 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
Public and Private Law Enforcement: Students on this track aspire to a career in local, state, and/or federal law enforcement.

Courts, 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:

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; and
5. Demonstrate the personal skills necessary to effectively working within the field.

Practicum Requirement
Participation in at least one practicum is required of all students. 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
(Cj480 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice)

Criminal Justice Core (4 courses):

  • Cj101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Cj207 Criminology
  • Ss321 Social Research
  • Ss400 Practicum and Seminar

Criminal Justice Career Tracks (4 courses):

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

Track A: Public and Private Law Enforcement

  • 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
  • Cj331 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Cj341 Terrorism
  • Cj401 4th, 5th, 6th Amendments
  • Cj405 Special Issues in Law

Track B: Courts, Corrections and Supervision

  • Cj106 Introduction to Corrections (required course)
  • Cj202 Gender, Race, and Justice
  • Cj203 Criminal Law
  • Cj208 Evidence and Court Procedures
  • 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

Recommended Course Sequence
First Year – Fall
Cj101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
En101 English Composition I
Fy100 Quest for Success: The First Year Experience
Math Core

First Year – Spring
Cj207 Criminology
En102 English Composition II
General Core
General Core

Second Year – Fall
Cj Area Studies Course
General Core
General Core
General Elective

Second Year – Spring
Cj Track Elective
Cj Track Elective
Ma202 Statistical Methods
General Core

Third Year – Fall
Ss400 Practicum and Seminar
Criminal Justice Elective
General Core
General Elective

Third Year – Spring
Criminal Justice Elective
Criminal Justice Elective
General Core
General Elective

Fourth Year – Fall
Ss321 Social Research
Criminal Justice Elective
General Elective
General Elective

Fourth Year – Spring
Cj480 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Cj-Related Elective
General Elective
General Elective

Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice – Vermont Police Academy Partnership

Criminal Justice students may apply to the Vermont Police Academy to take a program of courses that will count as 16 credits of their degree program in the last semester of their education. Completion of the Vermont Police Academy program 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.

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 the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program in the Public and Private 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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