Idaho residents who are interested in pursuing careers in the criminology field will be happy to know that there is no shortage of wonderful educational opportunities in the state.

Whether a person wishes to pursue a career as a teacher of criminology at the high school or college level, as a researcher who conducts studies and/or writes scholarly articles, as a help to the police force, as a worker in the prison system, or in any one of the many vast career choices available in the field, there is an educational opportunity in Idaho that can make that possible.

Right now, online schools are quite popular in the state. Some students choose to receive their degrees entirely online, while others choose to attend programs that are a mix of both online and traditional schooling. Neither choice is “better” than the other; it’s simply about finding what realistically works for you and your career goals.

Just make sure that if an online school is attended that it is fully accredited and legitimate. Receiving a “degree” from an unaccredited school is really just receiving a very expensive and very useless piece of paper!

One very legitimate online school that is particularly popular among Idaho residents is the University of Phoenix, which offers an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration and management and organization of security management, and a master’s degree program in administration of justice and security.

Of course, for many, traditional schooling at one of Idaho’s many fine community colleges and/or traditional colleges and universities is an excellent option. Popular schools and programs in the state include Boise State University, located of course in the capitol city of Boise, which has both a bachelor’s degree program and a master’s degree program in general criminal justice; Carrington College, also located in Boise, which has an associate’s degree program in paralegal studies.

the College of Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, with its associate’s degree programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, as well as a certificate granting program in law enforcement; Eastern Idaho Technical College, in Idaho Falls, with an associate’s degree program in legal studies, as well as a technical certificate in the same.

Idaho State University, in Pocatello, with associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies, general criminal justice, female corrections, and law enforcement; ITT Technical institute, located in Boise, which has associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies and in criminal justice (offered online), as well as a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Lewis Clark State College, in Lewiston, with associate’s degree programs in legal assisting and paralegal studies, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in the same and in corrections and human services and general criminal justice, and also technical certificates in law office technology and paralegal studies.

North Idaho College, located in Coeur d’Alene, which has associate’s degree programs in administration of justice, law enforcement, legal administrative assistant, paralegal studies, and general criminal justice, as well as a certificate in legal administrative assistant and a technical certificate program in law enforcement.