Criminal Justice Major

Criminal Justice

What kind of digital fingerprints do cyber criminals leave behind? What motivates white-collar criminals? The Champlain College Criminal Justice program will immerse you in the field's full range of possibilities, from high-profile tasks like following the trail of crime scene evidence and conducting interviews to day-to-day police work and court and corrections procedures.

Our curriculum covers the full spectrum of criminal justice topics, from lab-based forensics on blood and DNA samples to family violence and related systems of social services and support. Optional specializations in 21st Century Problems, Computer Forensics and Spanish Language give you added depth and open additional career doors. As a senior, you can complete fieldwork with a state, local or federal criminal justice agency to gain crucial hands-on experience and confidence dealing with real-life situations.

It's also possible to choose an intensive 15- week program in residence at the Vermont Police Academy for a career as an officer in the Green Mountain State. One of the values of attending the Vermont Police Academy is that by the time you finish the program, you not only receive 15 credits toward your degree, but you come away with a certification allowing you to get into the field right after graduation. 

Champlain's Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science program answers the growing market demand for expertise in:

  • proper legal procedures, such as the constitutional doctrines involving the search and seizure of evidence and custodial interrogations
  • police operations including the day-to-day functioning of a law enforcement agency
  • conducting investigative interviews
  • lab-based forensics on blood and DNA samples
  • investigating incidents of family violence
  • social services and support

Mix Classroom Theory with Actual Experience

  • Thanks to the Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll be taking Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Investigation as well as at least two other courses from the Criminal Justice Curriculum in your first year. 
  • Your instructors will be working professionals with insider perspectives-including criminal trial judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers and Homeland Security officers. Our field-tested Criminal Justice faculty will teach you the technical and professional expertise you need stand out in the field.
  • This major will teach you the fundamental principles needed in Criminal Justice professions from the criminal process to the essential elements of substantive criminal law. Learn the other skills you will master in the Criminal Justice Major.
  • Build deep and relevant experience for your resume through our extensive Criminal Justice internship opportunities.
  • Tailor your degree program with a specialization in 21st Century Problems, Computer Forensics or Spanish Language
  • Integrate classroom subject matter with the practical aspects of law enforcement by entering the intensive 15-week program at the Vermont Police Academy.
  • Spend a semester studying at one of our campuses in either Dublin or Montreal, or anyplace in the world through our study-abroad partnership programs.
  • Explore a variety of career options, including police officer, parole officer, security officer, criminal investigator, border patrol agent, court officer and corrections officer. Building on this foundation, you'll gain the necessary experience to advance to elite federal agencies like the FBI, DEA and Secret Service, or advance to upper-level positions in criminal justice administration. This major is also an excellent foundation for law school. Envision your Career Success.
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