As an academic discipline, Criminology and Criminal Justice explores all aspects of crime and criminal behavior by relying on interdisciplinary study within the fields of sociology, psychology, economics, political science, statistics, anthropology, and criminology, to provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts education. The course work will prepare students and professionals alike for graduate study or law school, and for careers in forensics, social work, victim advocacy, policing at the local, state and federal level, public policy, and much more! The MCJ program allows students the option of declaring program concentrations in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Gender-Based Violence (formally known as the program on domestic violence), or students can develop an individualized focus by selecting elective courses with faculty advisement. The program delivery works with any lifestyle and career demands. Courses meet in a variety of formats. SPA offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master Degree in Criminal Justice entirely online, on campus, or a combination of campus and online.
The BA in Public Service degree prepares the next generation of leaders and managers to govern, serve and make decisions that promote the best interests of our communities. Course work explores public service in governmental, nonprofit, and nongovernmental organizations, and topics such as financial management, fostering human capital, capacity building, program evaluation, change management, collaboration, network analysis, and leadership. Students can focus on nonprofit management and earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional certification, which provides preferential employment consideration. Emergency management and homeland security are another possible area of focus. The BA in Public Service will open the door to a variety of public service careers, such as leading a nonprofit organization; administering services in a government agency; serving as a program manager; directing domestic or international development efforts; or, coordinating emergency management programs.
Public administration encompasses administration, policy and management in the public and nonprofit spheres, allowing students with diverse career objectives the opportunity to customize their program of courses to meet their professional needs. Public administrators effect changes for the public good at the local, state & federal levels by enhancing the management of public and nonprofit entities. Students are equipped with essential management skills, including leadership, ethical judgment, organizational management, public finance, research methods, administrative law, public policy and governance, applicable to a variety of professional sectors. SPA offers an MPA with several options for concentrations and program delivery to meet the needs of your career and lifestyle. For more information on degree types and options in public administration and public policy, visit the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration website.
The Ph.D. in Public Affairs at SPA emphasizes development of advanced analytical and research skills but maintains a focus on using theory to address pressing policy and management problems Graduates of SPA's PhD program go on to careers as administrators or faculty in higher education, as researchers or policy analysts for government or business, as consultants, or as high-level practitioners who often are adjunct faculty at colleges or universities. The PhD program will help you master the scholarly theory, concepts and research skills required to teach university students, and provide the expertise necessary to research and analyze complex public and nonprofit sector challenges.