Stevenson University offers new online criminal justice degree program

Stevenson University announces a new accelerated Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice for students and working adults interested in careers in law enforcement, security and public safety, parole and probation, private and criminal investigations, and social or paralegal work. The new program, which begins this fall, will be offered online in accelerated 8-week course sessions. Students will be able to choose from two specialty tracks: law enforcement and social service.

The program was endorsed May 29 by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

“Our program is specifically designed to serve the adult student,” said Joyce Becker, who oversees Stevenson’s accelerated degree programs as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “Criminal justice-related careers have been identified as major workforce growth areas. By configuring the program as an online, accelerated degree, working adults who are contemplating career moves can fit the courses more easily into their schedules.”

The criminal justice program will take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the causes and consequences of criminal activity, emphasizing both theory and practice. The major core requirements of the program will focus on an introduction to criminal justice, as well as constitutional law, criminal law, and computer crimes. The core will be complemented by courses in psychology, sociology, law, and technology.

Students will elect a specialty track in either law enforcement or social service. The law enforcement track prepares students for careers in police and investigative work at federal, state, and local levels. The social service track focuses on children and family law, addictions, and individual and group counseling, preparing students for careers in child protective and family preservation services, juvenile justice, and substance abuse and behavioral counseling.

Both tracks require students to complete a capstone course through which students synthesize the information and insights from the curriculum and complete a major project or paper relating to a topic of special interest.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

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