Criminal Justice

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Pursue a Degree or Minor in Criminal Justice at Northern Vermont University

Student-Centered, Career-Oriented Curriculum

The criminal justice program at NVU-Lyndon allows students interested in a range of careers or who plan to go on to graduate school, to earn a B.S. or A.S. in criminal justice. 

Our student-centered curriculum is unique, flexible, and allows you to focus on the areas of criminal justice studies that appeal to your interests. We offer summer, winter, condensed, and online classes as well, to work with your schedule and to make it possible for you to finish your degree early.

A broad range of course offerings will allow you to critically examine the criminal justice system as a whole. You’ll study traditional criminal justice systems, such as law enforcement, corrections, courts, and juvenile justice systems. You’ll also have the chance to explore contemporary issues such as terrorism, media and crime, environmental justice, and women, girls, and crime. No matter what your focus, however, you’ll graduate well-prepared for a career or graduate studies.

Unique Course Offerings

Classes like Investigation Sciences, GIS Crime Mapping in Communities, Advanced GIS Techniques, as well as a course on program evaluation and policy analysis (Criminal Justice Administration) will help you develop the professional, marketable skills you need to stand out in the job market. Our program also offers special topics courses offered each year, giving you the opportunity to explore contemporary criminal justice issues not often examined in depth within CRJ programs, such as hate crimes, the war on drugs, gangs, and rural criminology. 


Jason Shafer

Cole Stillson ’19

Cole Stillson ’19 wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in when he started at NVU-Lyndon, but it didn’t take him long to decide

An introductory criminal justice course taught by assistant professor Brandon Stroup showed him the path he wanted to follow, and he began making career plans. “The first criminal justice class just clicked with me,” Cole says. “I see laws as the representation of how politics or the opinions of people in power are expressed in public. I really want to be involved in that.”


As a student in our criminal justice program, you’ll have countless opportunities to gain professional experience, learn from experts, build your resume, and expand your professional network. 


Lyndon criminal justice program students have interned at:

  • The Vermont Attorney General’s Office
  • Northeast Correctional Facility
  • The Vermont Corrections Academy
  • Northeast Kingdom Youth Services 
  • The St. Johnsbury Community and Restorative Justice Center
  • Local and State Police Departments

Networking and Professional Development

Students in the Criminal Justice Club participate in and help organize speaker series events, trips to the Border Patrol base in Newport, VT, participate in social trips to Montreal, and group study sessions. Students have also traveled and presented their independent student research alongside CRJ faculty members at the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meetings.

Careers for Criminal Justice Majors

Our alumni have gone on to careers in:

  • Local and state police departments
  • Correctional facilities
  • Program/case workers in criminal justice and social work fields
  • Federal law enforcement (Department of Homeland Security and FBI)
  • Human trafficking investigations (both nationally and internationally), and graduate school

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

NVU-Lyndon’s A.S. in criminal justice offers a flexible, student-centered curriculum that can be completed in a year and a half to two years. Summer, winter, condensed, and online class offerings enable you to complete your degree on your schedule. 

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Minor in Criminal Justice

As a criminal justice minor, you’ll gain a basic understanding about the field of criminal justice as you take classes in  sociology, psychology, law and law enforcement, judicial process, criminology, corrections, ethics, and more. 

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Minor in Restorative Justice

A restorative justice minor provides you with a comprehensive theoretical background in the fields of peace-making and restorative justice as well as coursework involving the hands-on, experiential practices of applying restorative justice methodology. The restorative justice minor pairs well with majors in psychology, human services, social work, and education. 

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Pre-Law Minor

The pre-law minor, available at the Johnson and Lyndon campuses, will prepare students who plan to pursue a law degree. The minor covers criminal justice, political science, English and writing, and history. Some courses include: Criminal Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, and American Judicial Process.

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