Indiana residents who are interested in receiving a degree in criminology will be happy to know that the state is full of many excellent educational opportunities.

Before anyone should embark on these opportunities, however, it is important to first spend some time researching the field of criminology and getting a thorough understanding of what criminologists do and study and of the many different career options available within the field.

It may sound simplistic, but far too many people enter into the field because it “sounds cool,” not because they have any real knowledge of everything that it entails.

Once a person has some basic knowledge about the field and about criminology careers, then he or she can make an informed decision about the career that is best suited to their abilities and the type of schooling they are willing to acquire.

The level of education necessary and even what degree program will be the most beneficial is really dependent upon the exact job a person wants to do, so it’s extremely important to have a clear idea of what that is and then to tailor one’s education to that particular goal.

In addition to determining what one wants to do, it’s also important to find a good school and a related program. A good school is one that provides its students with every opportunity they need to succeed, which includes a strong, relevant educational foundation, opportunities for internships and experiential learning, and more.

Any school that is attended should be fully accredited and should have a strong reputation of turning out hardworking, knowledgeable graduates who meet with success in the criminology field. Therefore, choosing a school should never be something that is done lightly.

As mentioned above, however, there are lots of educational opportunities in the state. Whether one is interested in online schooling, community colleges, technical schools, or traditional colleges and universities, opportunities abound.

Common choices for online schooling include DeVry University, which has a bachelor’s degree program in computer forensics; Harrison College, with associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice and paralegal studies, and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

The University of Phoenix, which has associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice and criminal justice and administration management, as well as a bachelor’s degree program in organizational security management and a master’s degree program in administration of justice and security.

For those who prefer more traditional forms of schooling, popular options are Ancilla College, located in Donaldson, which has a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice; Ball State University, located in Muncie, with an associate’s degree program in criminology and in general criminal justice, and bachelor’s degree programs in criminology, criminal justice, and legal studies.

Bethel College, in Mishawaka, which has both an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice; Brown Mackie College, with locates in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Merrillville, and offers associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and paralegal studies, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and legal studies, and certificate programs in criminal justice and paralegal assisting.

Butler University, in Indianapolis, with bachelor’s degree programs in both criminology, and criminology and psychology combined.