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Bachelors in Criminal Justice in Arkansas
(found programs from 11 schools)


Completing your Bachelor’s degree may help you find a rewarding career path and impact the community you live in, particularly if you choose to study criminal justice. Criminal justice graduates can work in a variety of Arkansas settings, from jails and courtrooms to communities and crime scenes. Find out if a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is the right move for you by contacting the schools you see on this page.

With advanced education in the research and legislation of criminal justice, you may be able to improve safety for Arkansas residents. The passage of a bill recently ordered Arkansas to study the racial impact of a statewide crime law. Since many criminal justice courses focus on differences between genders and races in crime, your education can be very helpful in this area.

Working in the field of criminal justice may prepare you to help the state save money. Arkansas hopes to minimize overcrowding in state prisons.

Minimizing crime rates is a major priority in different parks of Arkansas. In fact, the city of Little Rock recently created a crime task force to address the issue.

Take the next step in an exciting criminal justice career by contacting criminal justice schools in Arkansas to learn more about your options.

Bachelor’s degree programs in Arkansas combine general education, core criminal justice courses, and specialty criminal justice courses into one four-year degree program. Over the course of your degree program, you may complete roughly 120 credits. Classes that may occur early in your curriculum include Police and Society, Survey of Corrections, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Research.

Once you have developed a core understanding of the criminal justice field, you may enroll in high-level classes like Juvenile Delinquency, Victimology, Crime and Science, Corrections Psychology, and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems.

As part of your education, you may choose a specialty area of study. Depending on which school you choose to attend, options may include corrections, policing, juvenile justice, and cyber crime. If you choose a concentration, you may be able to pick a relevant internship and take courses that focus on that area of study.

Many schools, employers, and associations have scholarships available for dedicated criminal justice students. Some scholarships, like the Rick Finley Scholarship, are specific to each school. The Arkansas Chapter of the ACFE awards six scholarships each year, one of which is specifically reserved for criminal justice students.

Job Outlook for Arkansas Criminal Justice Graduates

The job outlook for Arkansas criminal justice professionals is fairly positive. Through 2022, O*Net anticipates a 10% increase in patrol officer jobs. For correctional officers, O*Net anticipates a 9% increase in jobs.

Salaries in this field depend quite a bit on the setting you work in and how much education you have. Per O*Net, the average salary for a bailiff is $31,500 per year, while patrol officers earn an average salary of $35,800 per year. The average income for a correctional officer is $31,500 per year (O*Net, 2013).

Clearly, earning your Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice may change the future of your career. Learn more today by contacting Bachelor’s degree programs in Arkansas.

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Arkansas

Arkansas State University-Beebe (Beebe, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminology
Harding University (Searcy, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
ITT Technical Institute (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Remington College (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Behavior and Social Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensics
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Fort Smith, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix (Little Rock, AR / Rogers, AR)
Programs Offered:

BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Management (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration (online), BS - Organizational Security Management (online)


In addition to the campus based programs, there are numerous online programs available for many of the common Criminal Justice degree types (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and specialties. Please feel free to use the links on the left-hand side of this page to explore some of the online degree programs available. Thanks for visiting!