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Alabama Criminal Justice Degree Programs
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Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Alabama that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

Alabama has more than 52,400 square miles of territory, which houses a population of nearly five million people. Many of the law enforcement officers who are charged with keeping this state and her people safe began their careers by earning a degree in criminal justice from one of the many accredited colleges located here.

Criminal Justice Education in Alabama

There are a host of criminal justice schools in the Yellowhammer State that offer everything from an Associate’s degree to a doctorate in this discipline; both online and traditional campus study options are also available. Many of them will also allow you to specialize in certain areas of criminal justice, including corrections and forensic science.

If you are ready to find a school, you can request information from multiple schools at the bottom of the page. Be sure to scope out numerous programs to make sure it fits with your goals and lifestyle.

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Some of the courses you could be expected to take while earning your degree include:

  • An Introduction to Courts and Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Police Ethics
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • An Introduction to Gangs

Many of these classes will include a great deal of research. You may be asked to write essays on various topics ranging from recidivism to gang violence. You will also be tested heavily on certain legal principles, especially those found in the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitutions.

Students who pursue a Bachelor’s degree may spend at least one semester in the field doing actual casework. This is often accompanied by a comprehensive final exam that must be passed in order to receive your diploma.

Be sure to check with your future university for scholarships because criminal justice students have a number of financial awards available to them. For example, the National Black Police Association and the American Criminal Justice Association are among the organizations that offer financial awards.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Alabama

Earning a degree in criminal justice can open up a number of employment opportunities ranging from Alabama state trooper to an officer with the Alabama Department of Corrections. The ratio of sworn law enforcement officers to citizens in the state is 3 percent higher than the national average. Nevertheless, the state ranks high on the most dangerous states list.

This bodes well for those seeking employment as a police officer, detective, or corrections officer. Pay ranges from a mean annual wage of over $34,000 for corrections officers to over $57,000 for police detectives. Paralegals in Alabama earn an average of $44,700 annually, according to 2012 data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are 67 counties in Alabama, and each one has its own sheriff’s department that is responsible for the safety of its citizens. These sheriff’s departments are in addition to 51 different city police agencies. Job opportunities at the state level can be found with agencies such as the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Police, Alabama Marine Resources Division, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and the Alabama Highway Patrol among others. Several agencies hire investigators, including the Department of Human Resources, the Alabama Securities Commission and the Alabama State Department of Insurance.

Federal jobs can be found with the Federal Bureau of Investigation field offices in either Birmingham or Mobile, or the U.S. Border Patrol, which also operates out of the Mobile Bay area. Several universities in Alabama have their own police departments, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Samford University, Wallace State Community College and Southern Union State Community College.

Start your criminal justice career by searching the many Alabama schools offering a criminal justice program. Learn more about each institution by requesting information so you can weigh your options and make the best decision possible.

Alabama Criminal Justice Schools

Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Juvenile Justice, Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement
Amridge University (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor Degree - Homeland Security (online)
Athens State University (Athens, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies
Auburn University at Montgomery (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Justice and Public Safety (online)
Bevill State Community College (Sumiton, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science - Pre-Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Business Office Management and Technology: Legal Administrative Assistant, Certificate - Business Office Management and Technology: Legal Administrative Assistant
Calhoun Community College (Tanner, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Phenix City, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Homeland Security, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Homeland Security
Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL)
Programs Offered:
AAS of Criminal Justice Administration (online), AAS of Fire Science (online), AAS of Occupational Safety & Health (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), BS of Criminal Justice Administration (online), BS of Fire Science (online), BS of Occupational Safety & Health - Fire Science (online), BS of Occupational Safety and Health (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Administration (online), Certificate - Fire Science (online), Certificate - Graduate Occupational Safety (online), Certificate - Occupational Safety & Health (online), MS of Criminal Justice Administration (online), MS of Emergency Services Management (online), MS of Occupational Safety and Health (online), Master of Science - Criminal Justice Administration
Enterprise State Community College (Enterprise, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Office Administration: Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Paralegal
Faulkner State Community College (Bay Minette, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
Faulkner University (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminalistics, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
Gadsden State Community College (Gadsden, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Office Administration Technology - Administrative Assistant - Legal, Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety Telecommunications, Associate of Arts/Associate of Sciences - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Paralegal, Short-term Certificate - Realtime Reporting - Litigation Assistant
Herzing University (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (Homeland Security Concentration) (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety (Criminal Justice Concentration), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety (Emergency Medical Technician Concentration) (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety, Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security, Public Safety, Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security, Public Safety, Emergency Tech
ITT Technical Institute (Bessemer, AL / Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Cyber Security (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice-Cyber Security, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety Communications (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Forensic Investigations, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Security Administration / Loss Prevention, Bachelor of Science - Emergency Management - Homeland Security, Bachelor of Science - Emergency Management - Public Safety Communications, Bachelor of Science - Emergency Management, Certificate - APCO International, Certificate - Emergency Management, Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management, Master of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Emergency Management
Jefferson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement (online), Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement (online)
Lawson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Miles College (Fairfield, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Northwest-Shoals Community College (Muscle Shoals, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Prince Institute (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription, Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - CART/Captioning (online), Certificate - Judicial Reporting (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading, Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
Remington College (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Administrative/Community Services: Paralegal Studies
Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Legal Secretary, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Legal Secretary
South University (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
AS - Criminal Justice (online), AS - Paralegal Studies (online), BS - Criminal Justice - Cyber Crime (online), BS - Legal Studies (online), BS Criminal Justice (online), MS - Criminal Justice (online), MS CJ - Cyber Crime (online), MS CJ - Public Administration (online)
The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Graduate Certificate - Computer Forensics, Master of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Forensic Science
Troy University (Troy, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in General Studies - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science in Criminal Justice (online)
University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
AA - Criminal Justice (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Management (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration (online), BS - Organizational Security Management (online), MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Political Science/Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration - Political Science/Criminal Justice
Virginia College (Birmingham, AL / Huntsville, AL / Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:
A.S. - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Associates of Science - Paralegal Studies, B.S. - Criminal Justice: Homeland Security (online), B.S. - Paralegal Studies (online), BS - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, M.S. - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science - Cyber Security (online)
Wallace Community College (Dothan, AL)
Programs Offered:
AAS in Criminal Justice - Forensic Investigations, AAS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Wallace Community College-Selma (Selma, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Wallace State Community College (Hanceville, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Cyber Security, Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Investigations, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement