Justice

Bachelor's Degree Program

Earn your bachelor’s in criminal justice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This innovative program provides a strong emphasis on restorative justice (working with victims, offenders and the community to repair the harm caused by criminal behavior). Our criminal justice degree also explores justice in rural environments and tribal justice systems.

Criminal justice majors benefit from extensive hands-on learning and career development opportunities at UAF. Many find employment through our program with criminal justice agencies and other organizations in the region. We have a dedicated advising team to help you explore your options and guide you throughout your program of study.

In addition to being offered at our main campus in Fairbanks, Alaska, the criminal justice degree is available entirely online. Learn more about the online criminal justice degree program.

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Why Study Criminal Justice at UAF?

Criminal justice is broad field of study that encompasses some of today’s fastest growing careers. These are some of the unique opportunities you can look forward to when you major in criminal justice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Engage in valuable hands-on learning opportunities to prepare for today’s criminal justice careers

  • We offer a strong internship program that gives you the chance to work with a variety of criminal justice agencies. These experiences have often led to employment for our graduates. We also have a collaborative agreement with the Alaska Court System to facilitate a restorative justice (diversion) program that assists low level offenders.

Get specialized training for pursuing a career in Alaska or the Pacific Northwest

  • With an emphasis on restorative justice and justice in rural environments, our bachelor’s degree in criminal justice provides training and insights that will prepare you for jobs in the unique cultural and geographic context of Alaska and the surrounding region.

 

Learn from top faculty with diverse professional experience in the criminal justice system

  • Our faculty specialize in areas such as law, law enforcement, personnel management and counseling of offenders. Faculty include a former Alaska Magistrate and chief in law enforcement.

 

Earn your degree in criminal justice online

 

What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice Degree?

Criminal justice is a highly versatile degree that can that open the door to many different kinds of career opportunities. Our students find jobs with state and local law enforcement, adult and juvenile probation, the court system and police forensics, just to name a few. Completing an internship experience is a great way to get your foot in the door and often leads directly to jobs for our graduates. Many of our students also pursue graduate study after completing their bachelor’s degrees.

Jobs for criminal justice majors

Some of the highest paying and most high-demand criminal justice degree jobs right now include:

  • Police officer
  • Forensic analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Private detective
  • Federal marshal
  • Corrections officer
  • Probation officer
  • Court clerk

Criminal justice degree salary

  • With an annual mean wage of $88,030, Alaska is one of the highest paying states in the nation for police and sheriff’s patrol officers.
  • Alaska is also one of the highest paying states for detectives and criminal investigators, who make an average salary of $118,360.
  • Alaska has one of the highest concentrations of jobs for probation officers and corrections treatment specialists, who earn an average salary of $67,320 in the state.

 

 

Get Started on Your Bachelor’s Degree in Justice

Take the next step toward earning your bachelor’s degree. We have the resources to help you get started.