If you live in the state of Arkansas and are interested in pursuing a career as a criminologist, you will be happy to know that the state is full of many wonderful educational opportunities, just waiting to be taken advantage of by you!
Of course, as a newcomer to the field, you undoubtedly and understandably have a lot of questions about what degree will be best for you, where you need to go to pursue it, and about how long your educational endeavors will take. There are, unfortunately, no simple answers to these questions, as they vary from one person to the next.
It’s up to you to spend some time researching the criminology field to find the job you would most like to do, and then to research that particular job and its educational and other requirements. Once you’ve figured this out, however, you’ve won half the battle!
There are working, successful criminologists in the state holding basic associate’s degrees all the way up to holding long sought after master’s degrees. This just goes to show that there is no “right” education; it’s just about finding the education that matches up to your career goals. It also doesn’t matter where you choose to earn your degree.
Arkansas has many community colleges, typically offering associate’s degrees and certificates, and traditional colleges and universities as well. There are also many wonderful Arkansas-based online schools, and some Arkansas residents choose to earn their degrees online from schools across the country!
No matter what path you ultimately decide is the best choice for you, you should have success in the field as long as you do your research and follow your dreams. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the most common educational choices made by criminology professionals in the state. One such choice is Arkansas Northeastern College, which is located in Blytheville.
This school offers an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, which is a good introduction to the field. Also commonly attended is Arkansas State University, which has associate’s degree programs in crime scene investigations, law enforcement, and law enforcement administration, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in criminology and forensic science, and even a master’s degree program in criminal justice.
The school also has a second location, in Beebe, which offers even more related educational opportunities, including associate’s degrees in crime scene investigation, criminal justice, and law enforcement administration; a bachelor’s degree in criminology; and certificates in law enforcement administration, corrections, crime scene investigation, forensics, law enforcement, law enforcement administration, and wildlife enforcement.
Finally, Arkansas Technical University, in Russellville, is a common choice with its strong associate’s degree program in general criminal justice.
However, if none of these schools sounds like the right fit for you, don’t worry! They represent only a very small sampling of all that the state has to offer. In addition to other traditional colleges and universities like the ones represented here, there are vocational schools, online schools, training programs, and more available.