The Crime and Justice Policy Program is not your traditional criminal justice program - it is much more. Many students who enroll in this program will have already taken the traditional criminal justice courses in law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The Crime and Justice Policy builds on this foundation by incorporating special topics courses that are focused on current issues (e.g., Violent Crime, Restorative Justice), by collaborating with area partners on a service learning project, and by offering a capstone experience that is focused on planned change. Students who enroll in this program will find themselves engaged in an educational experience that meets their needs and prepares them for entry-level positions in the field, advancement in their current career, and/or further study in a range of master’s degree programs or law school.
The Bachelor of Science in Crime and Justice Policy enables students who enter with 40 to 90 credits to complete their degree in Sage After Work (SAW). Students who have completed the entry-level foundation courses will move directly into Core courses and Upper-Level criminal justice electives, including a variety of topics classes. Students who transfer without the foundation courses will discuss with their Sage academic advisor some convenient alternatives to complete these courses.
The Crime and Justice Policy program is built around flexibility. Courses offered in the program are provided primarily online or in reduced seat time format. In a reduced seat time format, students meet with their class at assigned times while the remaining part of the course is completed online. Other courses meet only on campus. The benefit of this structure is to help students move through their program at the pace they desire. For students wishing to move quickly and complete their degree without delay, a combination of online, reduced seat time, and in-class courses as well as the availability of courses year-round, makes this option feasible. For students with conflicting schedules for home, work, and school, online and reduced seat time courses free up the time when classes traditionally meet. For these courses, classwork can be completed at a time that is convenient for the student.