Best Colleges for Criminal Justice Majors: List of Top Schools
Criminal justice majors look at the theories and practices used by the criminal justice system in understanding crime. They study the judicial system, prison system, criminal behavior and crime's effect on society. Bachelor's degree programs at George Washington University and Marist College prepare students to work for local and federal law enforcement and investigative services. Graduates can also go on to pursue a graduate degree in law or criminal studies.
Top Schools with Criminal Justice Programs
1. George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
George Washington University (GWU) features a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice that focuses on the sociological, psychological, legal and historical impact of crime on society. Courses include violence in the family, criminal law and deviant behavior.
After earning the bachelor's degree, criminal justice majors can go on to purse a Master of Arts in Criminology at the GWU graduate school. This academic program studies the sociology of crime and includes forensic science training. For 2011, GWU was ranked 51st among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
- Address: 2121 I St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052
- Phone Number: (202) 994-1000
2. Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York
Marist College offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; students examine the practical causes and effects of criminal behavior. Curriculum includes criminal procedures, corrections, theory of punishment and policing. Graduates have gone on to law school and have pursued careers in law enforcement, federal investigation and banking. Marist College was ranked the 10th best college for 2011 in the north region by 'U.S. News & World Report .
- Address: 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
- Phone Number: (845) 575-3000
Good Criminal Justice Programs
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|California State University - Long Beach||35,557||1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, Ca 90840||(562) 985-4111|
|San Diego State University||32,817||5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182||(619) 594-5200|
|George Washington University||25,061||2121 I St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052||(202) 994-1000|
|Columbia College||15,556||1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216||(573) 875-8700|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||14,211||University Ave. and High St., West Chester, PA 19383||(610) 436-1000|
|California State University - Stanislaus||8,586||One University Cir., Turlock, CA 95382||(209) 667-3122|
|SUNY College at Brockport||8,490||350 New Campus Dr., Brockport, NY 14420||(585) 395-2211|
|Pepperdine University||7,733||24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90263||(310) 506-4000|
|The College of New Jersey||6,980||2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ 08628||(609) 771-1855|
|Clayton State University||6,587||2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, GA 30260||(678) 466-4000|
|Marist College||6,179||3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601||(845) 575-3000|
|Campbell University||5,894||450 Leslie Campbell Ave., Buies Creek, NC 27506||(910) 893-1200|
|SUNY College at Oneonta||5,893||Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta, NY 13820||(607) 436-3500|
|Rutgers University - Camden||5,781||406 Penn, Camden, NJ 08102||(856) 225-6095|
|Dallas Baptist University||5,400||3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75211||(214) 333-7100|
|Abilene Christian University||4,813||1600 Campus Ct., Abilene, TX 79699||(325) 674-2000|
|University of Richmond||4,344||28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173||(804) 289-8000|
|Delta State University||4,031||Hwy 8 W., Cleveland, MS 38733||(662) 846-3000|
|SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome||2,934||Horatio St., Utica, NY 13504||(315) 792-7100|
|University of Mary Hardin-Baylor||2,689||900 College St., Belton, TX 76513||(800) 727-8642|
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