Ep 14: Criminal Justice Programs with Jim Kerns and Dr. Laura King

This week, Scott was joined by two guests from Boise State University to help him explore undergraduate criminal justice programs. Dr. Laura King is an associate professor and undergraduate coordinator for the criminal justice program. Jim Kerns is an adjunct professor as well as the internship coordinator at Boise State.

Criminal justice is popular field, but there’s often a lot of confusion among prospective students about the career and academic paths it presents. This episode serves to demystify that, while also delving into the “what” and “why” of the criminal justice. With two experienced guests (one with a PhD and the other with decades of law enforcement experience), there are tons of great tidbits to take away!

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • What “criminal justice” actually means as a field of study.
  • The kinds of courses students will take in an undergraduate degree program.
  • Why criminal justice is such an important field, and how it will continue to evolve in 5-10 years.
  • What career opportunities are out there for criminal justice graduates.
  • What courses tend to trip criminal justice students up, and who might be a great fit for studying criminal justice.

Boise State University At a Glance

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Boise State University is a public, metropolitan research university with 80+ undergraduate and 70+ graduate and doctoral degree programs. As leaders in academia, research, and civic engagement, the university strives to foster student success, lifelong learning, community engagement, innovation, and creativity. Students can try out for their favorite Broncos sport, and are encouraged to join any of the 250+ clubs and organizations on campus.

  • Year Established: 1932
  • Student Population: ~22,200
  • Location: Boise, Idaho
  • Mascot: Broncos

Criminal Justice Degree from Boise State University

The School of Public Service at Boise State University offers a B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program. Students with this major must meet criteria and apply for admission to upper-division (300- and 400-level) courses. In this program, students can take classes like Media and Crime, Juvenile Justice, Environmental Crime, and Corrections in the Community.

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