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Arkansas Criminal Justice Degree Programs
(found 29 schools)




Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Arkansas that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

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Criminal Justice Education in Arkansas

With just under 30 schools in Arkansas offering criminal justice educations, you should be able to find one that suits your needs. Some of these are two-year associate's degree (AA) programs and others are four-year bachelor's degree (BA or BS) programs. Some schools now even offer specialized degrees in Homeland Security.

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Arkansas has schools that also offer both masters and PhD programs. Those enrolling in such programs are often seeking advancement into executive management, administrative and supervisory positions. Online coursework is increasingly offered in conjunction with advanced degree programs, thereby offering flexibility to those already in criminal justice jobs.

Four-year bachelor's programs can often open up career opportunities in probation and parole, forensics and criminal investigation. Numerous state and federal positions either require such a degree, or offer enhanced hiring potential to those that have their bachelor's.

Criminal Justice education is often structured around a core curriculum. Standard courses in science, math and English will typically be required. Electives may also be selected by students. These are more often taken after the Freshman year. Coursework specific to criminal justice may include:

  • Criminal Justice History in the U.S.
  • Criminal Law: An Introduction
  • The Criminal Justice System in America
  • The Judiciary in the American Legal System
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Research and Writing For Legal Purposes
  • Conducting Criminal Justice Research
  • The History of Race Relations

Field Work is a common component of one's third year. Usually, one semester of relevant field work is required. Then, during one's final year, an internship in one's chosen specialty is usually offered. The internship is typically off-campus, and it gives a student important "real-world" experience in their chosen field.

Learn more about scholarships in criminal justice by exploring our financial aid resources page.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Arkansas

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Arkansas law enforcement officers, first-line supervisors in charge of those officers, criminal investigators and detectives all receive annual average compensation as listed in the graph below. Although these figures are slightly lower than national averages, the cost of living in Arkansas is significantly below the national average as well. Most criminal justice professions are expected to see 5 to 8 percent employment gains during the decade ending 2020.

Major police departments, like those in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Fayetteville, will often have open positions to fill. The Little Rock Police Department starts new recruits out at a base level, then increase salaries according to years of service.

Private sector work in corporate security and private investigations can also be rewarding. The wealth of state and national parks and forests offer a host of opportunities for prospective fish and game wardens, another rewarding career option.

We've put together a salary graph for some top criminal justice career paths below. Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014.

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Arkansas Criminal Justice Schools

Arkansas Northeastern College (Blytheville, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Arkansas State University (State University, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Crime Scene Investigations, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement Administration, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Arts - Criminology, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
Arkansas State University-Beebe (Beebe, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Crime Scene Investigation, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Administration, Bachelor of Arts - Criminology, Certificate of Proficiency - Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate of Proficiency - K-9 Assisted Drug/Explosive Detection, Certificate of Proficiency - Law Enforcement Administration, Technical Certificate - Corrections, Technical Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Technical Certificate - Forensics, Technical Certificate - Law Enforcement Administration, Technical Certificate - Law Enforcement, Technical Certificate - Wildlife Enforcement
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (Mountain Home, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Forensics
Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Black River Technical College (Pocahontas, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Crime Scene Investigation, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Fire Science, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Administration, Certificate of Proficiency - Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate of Proficiency - Law Enforcement Administration, Police Certificate - Basic Police Training, Technical Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Technical Certificate - Fire Science, Technical Certificate - Law Enforcement Administration
Bryan University (Rogers, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate's in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Security and Investigation Specialist
College of the Ouachitas (Malvern, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate of Proficiency - Criminal Justice
East Arkansas Community College (Forrest City, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Technical Certificate - Criminal Justice
Harding University (Searcy, AR)
Programs Offered:

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

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
National Park Community College (Hot Springs, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
NorthWest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Forensic Sciences, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Prevention and Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security/Emergency Management, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
Ozarka College (Melbourne, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Leadership
Pulaski Technical College (North Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Crime Scene Investigation, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Technology, Certificate - Legal Secretarial
Remington College (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Criminal Justice - Associates
SouthArk Community College (El Dorado, AR)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice
Southeast Arkansas College (Pine Bluff, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Crime Scene Investigation, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology
Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, AR)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Behavior and Social Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Executive Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice track
Southern Arkansas University Tech (Camden, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Fire and Emergency Response
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
Programs Offered:

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

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement (online), Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensics, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science - Forensics, PhD - Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas at Monticello (Monticello, AR)
Programs Offered:

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

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville (Batesville, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas Community College-Hope (Hope, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton (Morrilton, AR)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate - Law Enforcement
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Fort Smith, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Crime Scene Investigation, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Administration, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assistance and Paralegal, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate of Proficiency - Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate of Proficiency - Law Enforcement Administration, Technical Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Technical Certificate - Law Enforcement Administration
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), MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)
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