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Justice Studies - Criminal Justice

Degree programs with concentrations in specific areas of Criminal Justice

In a field where you can make a difference, the Justice Studies - Criminal Justice degree programs at Berkeley College can arm you with a strong foundation, taught by faculty with years of powerful professional experience. Focusing on the skills that employers require, you’ll also learn from field trips and guest speakers from various areas of criminal justice, which are an important part of the career-focused program.

To help you prepare for a wide range of careers, Bachelor’s degree programs allow you to specialize in a specific area of criminal justice to help you better prepare for your desired career by improving your qualifications and helping to set you apart in the job market. You can choose a concentration in:

Student Testimonial

"I chose Berkeley because it’s one of the best schools for Criminal Justice. Also, in smaller classes, it’s easier to learn. I like all of my professors—they all were or still are police officers, so it gives us real-world experience."

-Tianna Eason, Justice Studies - Criminal Justice Student

Bachelor’s degree students (including Associate’s degree students who choose to continue on toward a Bachelor’s degree) will not need to declare a concentration until registering for their fifth semester.

The degree programs focus on practical career preparation with timely and relevant courses that examine:

  • The causes of crime
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • The role of law enforcement
  • Forensic science
  • Research methods 

Here’s what sets the Berkeley Justice Studies - Criminal Justice program apart:

  • You’ll learn in small classes with personal attention from instructors who have worked in many different areas of the criminal justice system
  • You’ll have the flexibility of day, evening/weekend, and online classes
  • You’ll participate in real-life role playing and exercises to develop the professional skill sets used by professionals
  • You’ll have access to current technology used by criminal justice professionals
  • You’ll participate in an internship with a related organization or a job-related assignment
  • You’ll have exceptional networking opportunities through faculty, justice studies clubs, and alumni connections
  • A seamless transition between Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees

For more information regarding a degree in Justice Studies - Criminal Justice or another program of study at Berkeley College, click here.

Concentrations

The concentration in Police Studies is ideal for students who are:

  • Exploring careers in law enforcement
  • Passionate about community service and public safety
  • Hoping to make a positive impact on their communities
  • Currently employed in law enforcement or public safety and seeking opportunities for advancement

 

The concentration in Homeland Security is ideal for students who are:

  • Considering the first step toward a career in federal government, emergency preparedness, policing or security
  • Interested in the theoretical and practical contemporary issues related to Homeland Security
  • Currently working as a first responder (i.e. EMS, fire fighter, etc.).
  • Seeking to apply for a wide range of positions within the federal and local government

 

The concentration in Cyber Security is ideal for students who:

  • Want to develop competency and practical knowledge, enabling them to work with various issues related to cybercrime and cyber security
  • Are interested in practical digital investigative knowledge, legal practices, and policies related to cyber security
  • Desire a critical understanding of the technological needs, threats, and weaknesses in cybersecurity
  • Wish to obtain an entry level position in a rapidly growing and in-demand field with unlimited potential

 

The concentration in Investigation and Security is ideal for students who:

  • Want to develop competency and practical knowledge to enable them to work with various issues related to criminal and civil investigations
  • Seek an opportunity to learn the principles and theories associated with all aspects of security, ranging from international security to physical security
  • Are interested in advancing their current career by acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to address the continuously changing needs of today’s security requirements

 

The concentration in Social Justice is ideal for students who:

  • Desire a broad background in the discipline by focusing their coursework on the substantive topics of social change, social inequality, and social justice
  • Are interested in a wide range of careers, such as: civil rights, gender-based violence, immigration; public policy and public issues concerning marginalized populations
  • Recognize that equal access to life-sustaining resources, such as a clean environment, education, employment, healthcare, food, legal protection from discrimination, and economic opportunity is vital to society 

 

The concentration in Social Welfare is ideal for students who:

  • Are passionate about working with vulnerable populations, transforming individual lives and helping children and families to thrive
  • Wish to develop an understanding of the impact of trauma, poverty and substance abuse on society
  • Want to comprehend the underlying systemic issues related to disproportionality and disparities faced by communities

Program Locations: 

Justice Studies - Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is offered in: New York City, White Plains, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, Woodland Park, Online

Justice Studies - Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) is offered in: New York City, White Plains, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, Woodland Park, Online 

Want to learn more about Berkeley's Justice Studies - Criminal Justice program?

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