Bachelor's degree in public service
If you are ready to have a positive impact in your community and the world—perhaps a degree in public service is the right fit. You'll emerge with analytical skills, critical thinking skills, and go on to practice in organizations fostering service and commitment to serve local, national and international organizations.
Your choice of concentrations:
- Management of Criminal Justice
Whichever concentration you choose, you will have the option to combine an internship or project in exploration of career opportunities in these fields. The internship will provide you an opportunity to exercise, in a practical manner, the skills, knowledge and responsibilities of a practitioner.
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Choose between self-paced, online courses or interactive classes that meet weekly via a virtual format.
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Regardless of which concentration/track you choose, you will also be well versed in many areas of public policy. You'll take a look at ethical decision-making by criminal justice workers. You’ll also gain an introduction to a wide variety of other topics, like psychology, as well as public policy and its effect on the American court and criminal justice system. You’ll have an opportunity to understand investigation processes like interviewing, crime scene analysis, and collection of evidence.
You’ll study the law as it relates to arrests, searches, and seizures by law enforcement, probation and parole officers, and corrections officials. You’ll even study the rules of evidence and courtroom procedures.
- Foundations of Leadership
- Crisis and Emergency Management
- Public Information and Community Relations
- Stress Management
- Public Finance and Budgeting
- Career in Justice and Service - options of an internship or project in exploration of career opportunities in the field.
- Ethics in Justice and Service
- Leading in an Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Organization
This concentration emphasizes skills needed to inform your interests and the expertise needed to lead a public service agency.
- Intro to Public Policy
- Social Welfare Policy and Programs
- Business Research
- Human Resource Management
This concentration emphasizes skills needed to inform your interests and expertise needed to lead justice-related organizations, namely corrections, courts, justice administration, law enforcement, and probation/parole.
- Criminal Justice Research Methods
- Forensic Investigation
- Management of Public Service Agencies
- Criminal Justice Liability Law
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Online or virtual? What's the difference?
- Comfort of your own home
- No assigned class times
- 8 week courses
- Work at your own pace
- Flexible course offerings
- Instructor and Academic and Career Advisor support
- Comfort of your own home
- Assigned night of week
- 8 week courses
- Attend class live via Zoom™
- Live professor instruction
- Live classmate interaction
- Academic and Career Advisor and home Center support
Cost per credit$559
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Advancing your education can put you in a better job and increase your earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a bachelor's degree earn 41% more than people with an associate's degree, and 67% more than people with a high school diploma.