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U.S. law exists to promote public safety and protect human rights. Those who work in criminal justice focus on ensuring that those laws are upheld, our citizens are protected, and guilty criminals are prosecuted in the most ethical way possible.
Norwich University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program provides working adults in the military, law enforcement, and other parts of the public sector fields with the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to advance or evolve their careers. Built on top of a relevant foundation of general education courses, our program curriculum explores the principles and processes of criminal justice as they relate to the organization and operation of the police, courts, and corrections system. Key skills developed throughout the program include social science research, data analysis and writing, ethical problem solving, and leadership.
Students can tailor their degree by pursuing a minor in either public safety and law enforcement or intelligence and security management. Those with more specific career interests can shape their academic experience by selecting the degree elective courses that meet their unique goals. Coursework culminates in a capstone project, in which students explore a focused set of legal and ethical issues in the criminal justice field.
Students benefit from our experienced criminal justice faculty and dedicated staff, who are committed to helping students overcome any challenges – whether academic, work-related, or personal – that arise over the course of the program.
Norwich University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program can help you advance your career in the public sector or military or help you gain access to exciting professional opportunities in the areas of law enforcement, intelligence, public safety, and security management. Our program can also serve as a steppingstone to pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or other related field.
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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is a 63-credit program that can be completed over the course of 18 to 24 months. As a bachelor’s completion program, students can apply up to 84 previously earned credits toward the 123 credits needed for their degree. A full-time course schedule entails two eight-week class sessions each trimester.
Our program curriculum* comprises five areas of instruction:
More information about program requirements is available in our course catalog.
In this course, students read and discuss works of literature that explore the ethical, social, and philosophical implications of criminal behavior and society's response to it. Prerequisite: Either EN102, EN108 or transfer equivalent from prior learning.
This course provides an overview of the historical development of political, cultural and economic behavior and institutions within a specific geographical context. Students will focus on a specific region, e.g., the Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Sahara Africa, or Asia. Students will understand the history of a region and its impact on current events. Pre-requisites: none.
Based upon myth and built upon ritual, religious thought affects politics, economics, international relations, and security. This course gives learners the opportunity to explore and analyze the similarities and differences of world religions to better understand the impact of belief systems and religious themes on culture, human history, and current affairs. Pre-requisites: none.
This course will focus on the scientific principles behind the recognition, collection, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence found at a crime scene. Designed for non-science majors, this course presents the science and technology used by modern forensic professionals and emphasizes practical forensic applications of scientific principles in the areas of chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and more. Each week the student will have an online lab activity or case study in which to apply the various principles of forensic science covered in the course. Pre-requisites: none.
This course covers the study of frequency distributions, averages and standard deviations, normal curve, probability, decision-making, sampling techniques, testing hypotheses, chi-square, students-t and F-distributions, correlation, and linear regression. Prerequisite: A college level mathematics course or equivalent as determined by departmental placement testing. This course is not open to students with credit in MA311.
Most of the world’s crucial environmental issues and many regional conflicts are related to the degradation and/or overuse of the Earth’s basic resources, including air and climate, water, soils, and energy. This course will focus on the physical and chemical processes associated with the degradation of these resources, as well as an examination of potential solutions. This course will also address and incorporate two underlying themes to all environmental issues: sustainability and human population dynamics. Pre-requisites: none.
This course provides a general survey of the principles, systems, and processes of criminal justice. Students will explore conceptions and definitions of crime, criminal law, due process, and the organization and operation of the three basic components of the criminal justice system – the police, the courts, and corrections – both individually and in relationship to one another. Pre-requisites: none.
This course explores the issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to crime and our criminal justice system in a culturally diverse society. Students will examine the broader social context of race and ethnicity in our American society, with a special focus on the changing ethnicity of communities and related changes in social and institutional public policy. Students will also learn how cultural diversity impacts the roles of the police, our court system, and correctional facilities; how it influences the death penalty; and how it affects juvenile and minority youth justice. Other discussion topics include cross-cultural communication, the implementation of cultural awareness training, multicultural representation in law enforcement, and criminal justice interaction. Pre-requisites: none.
This course examines the methodological foundations of the social sciences; the logic and technique of empirical inquiry; the nature of social facts; the operationalization of concepts and the construction of hypotheses; research designs including questionnaires, interviews, experiments, observation, and evaluation; the organization and analysis of data; graph and table construction and interpretation; the common problems of empirical and social research; and research ethics. Pre-requisites: none.
Professional literature regularly includes results that are based on statistical analysis. This course is designed to strengthen students’ analytical and communications skills as preparation for a career in law enforcement, intelligence, and security. The course will cover predictive analysis and modeling as well as analytical tools with which to deal with changing events. This course will also help to establish definitions for particular words and concepts and how they might be applied in various situations. Pre-requisite: CSCJ 209.
This course provides a short introduction to general ethics, with applications to practices and problems in the criminal justice field. It uses the case study method to focus on immediate decisions that involve common, ethical dilemmas faced by criminal justice professionals in the police, courts, and corrections. It also studies a selection of more general issues involving the criminal justice system that are of common public concern, as well as the deeper question of why certain forms of behavior should or should not be criminalized. To this end, students will explore a selection of recent, high-profile Supreme and Appeals Court cases in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. The emphasis is on developing discussion skills and familiarity with essential patterns of legal and moral reasoning. This course satisfies the University’s general education ethics requirement.
This course covers the various biological, psychological and sociological types of theory that have been offered to explain the incidence of crime in society. Various types of crime, including violent, property, corporate, political and victimless crimes, methods of studying crime, and characteristics of criminals are also examined. Pre-requisites: none.
This course examines the principle that the government must respect all of the legal rights that are owed to a person according to the law. Students will explore and examine procedural due process as it relates to the procedure of arresting and trying persons who have been accused of crimes. Students will also examine specific government actions that may deprive an individual of life, liberty, or property. Overall, the course will address the applications and administration of due process as well as potential abuse. Pre-requisites: none.
This course traces the history, emergence, and growth of domestic terrorist and extremist groups within the United States. Students will assess various groups' intentions, capabilities, and activities within contexts of and ramifications on political, national security, and legal paradigms. Topics include current and active domestic groups and their organizational structure, philosophies, and networks. Pre-requisites: none.
This course provides an in-depth understanding of how science and technology impacts national security and intelligence. It examines how important hard science and technology is in developing areas of national security and intelligence. This includes analyzing cyber-security and cyber-warfare, the emerging relationship between the Intelligence Community (IC) and Information Technology (IT), space reconnaissance, and high-tech domestic espionage. Pre-requisites: none.
Students learn about law enforcement issues in a society with increasing physical, cultural and economic diversity. Topics include women and minorities in policing, conflict resolution, cross cultural communication, building community relationship and partnerships, and controversial issues such as racial profiling. Pre-requisites: none.
This course applies management and financial principles to criminal justice organizations. Emphasis is placed on budgets, financial accounting principles, and assessing the effectiveness of the activities of criminal justice organizations. Students will also discuss constitutional requirements, court decisions, and legislation (such as EEOC requirements) as they impact management in criminal justice organizations. The purposes and formats of financial statements and basic accounting and financial terminology are introduced: depreciation of assets, capital budgeting, cash management, lease versus purchase, and inventory management. Pre-requisites: none.
This course examines how emergency managers respond to national, state, or local disasters. Students gain a broad understanding of the functions, challenges, key concepts and organizing principles of U.S. emergency management. Emphasis is placed on how emergency management is structured and organized by examining the National Response Framework (NRF), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the Incident Command System (ICS) as well as other standards that govern emergency management in the United States. Students will apply their learning to develop an emergency plan capable of addressing identified threats. This course requires broad knowledge, in-depth understanding, analysis, synthesis, and creativity in regard to the topics addressed. Pre-requisites: none.
This course analyzes transnational crime and corruption issues within global politics. Focus is given to potential national and international responses to transnational threats. Students also examine the increasing relevance of criminality and governmental corruption and how it becomes a major aspect of national security policy. Pre-requisites: none.
This course touches upon the major policy debates currently swirling around immigration reform and policy. Students will examine social changes and the development of immigration law over the last few decades, including the emergence and role of social change movements. Other topics to be explored include undocumented immigration, international coordination on migration, judicial review and due process, refugee and asylum policy, immigration and employment, border security, state and local enforcement of immigration law, and the relationship between immigration law and crime. Pre-requisites: none.
This course explores the background and evolution of homeland security in the post- 9/11 era. Students learn about the public and private infrastructure and functioning of homeland security operations, technology used to explore threats and enhance safety, innovative solutions to threats, risk prevention and management, and critical incident management of terrorism threats, natural disasters, and other threats to homeland security. Pre-requisites: none.
This course introduces students to the issues and institutions of national security policy. Successful students will have an appreciation of strategic thought and strategy formulation, the ability to assess national security issues and threats, and an understanding of the political and military institutions involved in the making and execution of national security policy. Pre-requisites: none.
This course focuses on the significance of sharing and coordinating information across all levels of government to support homeland security partners in preventing, protecting against, and responding to crime and terrorism. It explores the role of fusion centers and how these centers serve the specific needs of their jurisdictions while supporting the broader homeland and national security enterprise. Fusion centers overlay national intelligence with local, state, and regional information, enhancing understanding of the threat environment across all levels of government. They augment the federal government’s analytic capability and enhance situational awareness in order to protect the nation. Pre-requisites: none.
In this course, students have the opportunity to learn and apply relevant management theories as they relate to the field of intelligence and security. Students will learn to engage in basic intelligence-related research and to interpret data and literature. They will be given insight into collaborating with public and governmental agencies to share intelligence that is critical to improving public safety and security. They will also gain enhanced understanding of legal and ethical principles that guide the intelligence community, as well as an understanding of how to manage the intelligence process using technological advances and human resources to prevent crime and improve national security. Pre-requisites: none.
This course examines a range of contemporary international issues – from questions of realism versus idealism in foreign affairs to changes in the nation-state, the rise and influence of member states in the Pacific Rim, and overall global security objectives. It will explore the uses of strategic intelligence by world leaders in shaping policy and the effects of strategic intelligence on world events. Students will be required to closely follow international developments and learn how to discuss them objectively and analytically. Areas of emphasis include science, technology, and globalization as the environment in which concepts of international security evolve and change over time. Pre-requisites: none.
This course prepares students to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms within the context of a multi-cultural society. Topics explored include best practices in investigative reporting, written reports and memos, and interpersonal verbal communication within criminal justice settings, including interactions with victims, suspects, incarcerated persons, government officials, community leaders, staff, and civilians. Pre-requisites: none.
This course focuses on the skills required to operate a security program in an organization and the practical application of security practices. Topics include security structure, leading security projects, policy management, human factors of security, and physical security methods. Pre-requisites: none.
Students will complete a study of a country or region in relation to a key aspect of its culture. Within this broad framework, students explore an issue related to an aspect of cultural conflict or cross-cultural communication by addressing the region’s cultural competence, which is defined as the ability to navigate complex cultural environments in pursuit of mutually satisfactory outcomes. The course culminates in a substantive research paper or academic project that reflects broad knowledge, in-depth understanding, analysis, synthesis, and creativity in regard to the topics addressed. Prerequisites: SSSO 335 Introduction to Cultural Competence, or permission of the program manager.
Students will study the geography of a region of interest and how geography relates to implementation of a project or to the cause of or resolution to a problem in the region. Students will examine natural resources and resource challenges, paying particular attention to mineral, oil, water, and other highly valued assets in the region. The study will address future geographical or resource challenges of the region and include recommendations for infrastructure changes that would help maximize effective use of resources. The course culminates in a substantive research paper or academic project that reflects broad knowledge, in-depth understanding, analysis, synthesis, and creativity in regard to the topics addressed. Prerequisites: SSHI310 Historical Studies or permission of the program manager.
Students will complete a field study project to analyze and evaluate the economic indicators and infrastructure of a country or region of interest, exploring its local, regional, and global challenges and opportunities. The study will include recommendations for strengthening the region’s economic institutions and infrastructure. The course culminates in a substantive research paper or academic project that reflects broad knowledge, in-depth understanding, analysis, synthesis, and creativity in regard to the topics addressed. Prerequisites: SSEC310 Socio-Economics Studies or permission of program manager.
Students will analyze and synthesize program learning with a focus on legal and ethical issues in the criminal justice field. This course is tailored to one of the minors available to students in the program. Pre-requisites: completion of all criminal justice coursework or consent of the program manager.
Allison Crowson is the program manager for the Norwich Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, having previously held the position of admissions director for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich. An adjunct faculty member and academic advisor in Norwich’s criminal justice department since 2006, she teaches courses on criminology, victimology, introduction to the criminal justice system and the police. She has also developed and taught courses online in criminal psychology, criminalistics, and juvenile justice. Prior to entering the academic arena, she worked in Vermont as a 911 dispatcher for the St. Albans Police Department and as a reserve police officer for the Panama City Beach Police Department. She earned a master’s degree in justice administration from Norwich University and a BA in transpersonal psychology from Burlington College.
Karie Thomson is the student services advisor for the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice programs and has been with Norwich University for 10 years. Karie is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management at Colorado State University. Prior to Norwich, she served 4 ½ years in the U.S. Army where she was stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and Camp Zama Japan. Karie also spent 3 ½ years in the Vermont National Guard.
Anne Buttimer has been teaching justice studies and related subjects at Norwich University since 2004. Also an adjunct faculty member at Community College of Vermont and Champlain College, she has developed national security and terrorism college courses for both Norwich University and the Vermont State Colleges consortium. Before launching her teaching career, she worked in a number of legal and investigative roles, including as a trainer of surveillance detection teams for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, as an assistant attorney general in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, as chief investigator for the JFK Assassination Records Review Board, and as a special agent for the FBI. She received a JD from the Vermont Law School, an MA in criminal justice from Anna Maria College, and a BS in law enforcement from Northeastern University.
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Evolving U.S. demographics. Domestic and foreign terrorist threats. Pervasive use of technology. An increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters. These are just some of the forces driving the field of criminal justice – forces that are also driving Norwich University’s approach to training criminal justice professionals.
As a leader in criminal justice education for more than 30 years, Norwich combines a deep legacy of public service with expertise in the 21st-century challenges facing the U.S. military, law enforcement, and public and private organizations connected to the criminal justice system. Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program helps prepare working adults for exciting and important careers in the areas of law enforcement, security, intelligence, and public safety. Offering highly relevant courses that correlate to the ever-changing public service environment, our degree completion program emphasizes the leadership skills and practical knowledge students need to establish themselves in the criminal justice field or advance in their careers.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program builds upon Norwich’s nearly 200-year history of developing leaders in the military, public sector, and private industry. Completing this program can open doors and clear pathways to promotion in a field brimming with opportunities to serve.
In addition to providing a solid grounding in the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to transition into or advance within the criminal justice field, a bachelor’s degree can also serve as a foundation for pursuing a graduate degree or certificate from Norwich.
Norwich graduates have gone on to rewarding and impressive careers in a wide range of organizations, using their education in criminal justice and related subjects to distinguish themselves by serving with skill, creativity, and confidence at the local, state, national, and international level.
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