Access a Nebraska University Wherever You Are

02/21/2012  |  By Laura Wiese Marketing Director, University of Nebraska Online Worldwide

The University of Nebraska has a rich history of delivering distance education for more than 100 years. Now, students can access the respected faculty and student resources of this four-campus system online.

Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska is a traditional “brick and mortar” school that has long been a leader in offering access to a high-quality education to students across the state and around the world. Through the programs offered by its campuses – Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and the Medical Center – online students can choose from more than 130 degree and certificate programs, from bachelor degree completion to doctoral level.

Two New Criminal Justice Programs to Advance Your Career

The newest online offerings from the University of Nebraska include a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) and a Bachelor of General Studies with concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice (BGS CRCJ). Both options are designed as degree completion programs and accept over 60 credit hours in transfer.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts sustained growth in the field of criminal justice. At the same time, hiring standards in the field are becoming increasingly competitive. Job seekers who have completed a four-year degree have a distinct advantage.

Nebraska’s two criminal justice programs are comprised of courses from the Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha campuses, providing students with diverse faculty expertise and a top notch academic experience.

A highlight of the BSCJ degree is the intensive internship that provides hands-on experience in the field. The internship is completed at a location convenient to the student. Students benefit from the connections of the school and its faculty. “Faculty work hard to help students get the most out of our program. Past internship placements have included the U.S. Marshals, Interpol and NCIS,” says University of Nebraska at Kearney Associate Professor Julia Campbell. The Kearney campus prides itself on its personalized approach both on campus and online. The campus was recently named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Honor Roll” of Top Online Education Programs.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice concentration is one of eight options within the Bachelor of General Studies, a flexible and military-friendly degree. “For students with credits from a number of institutions and military training, the BGS is ideal,” explains David Cassiday, Distance Education Manager at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “Our advisers work with military students to maximize their prior education and training.” The Omaha campus was recently ranked 9th in the nation “Best for Vets Colleges” by Military Times magazine. Other BGS concentrations are: General Administration, Geography, Information Assurance, Information Technology, Library Science, Management Information Systems and Nonprofit Administration.

The University also offers a specialization in Criminology and Criminal Justice as part of its nationally-recognized, NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration.

A One-Stop Shop

To better serve students who study at a distance, the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide pulls together online programs offered by the four campuses into a central resource for students.

“It’s important to choose an online degree or certificate program that fits your life and meets your career and academic goals,” says Mary Niemiec, Associate Vice Provost for Distance Education and Director of Online Worldwide. “Through the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide students have access to key information that will aid them in making an informed decision.”

The Online Worldwide website allows students select from more than 130 degree and certificate programs. Information on courses, tuition, faculty and admissions is included for each. In addition to the new criminal justice degrees and BGS concentrations, other bachelor’s degree completion programs include business administration and organizational communication. Students interested in the health professions may choose the Medical Center’s bachelor’s in Radiation Technology . Master’s degrees range from political science, urban studies and public administration to engineering, applied science and more.

Laura Wiese is marketing director for University of Nebraska Online Worldwide. She is a graduate of the Lincoln campus and has worked in marketing and communications for ten years, seven of which have been in higher education distance education.
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