SOU Criminology and Criminal Justice Program Ranked No. 19 in Nation

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s online bachelor’s degree completion program in Criminology and Criminal Justice has been ranked No. 19 in the nation for affordability among online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, according to Great Value Colleges (GVC).
In arriving at its rankings, GVC used multiple sources to identify online bachelor’s degrees offered at accredited colleges and universities across the nation. The rankings are based on average net cost of undergraduate tuition.
“The Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty take pride in offering online classes that are as close as possible to our face-to-face classes so that online students receive the same education and achieve the same learning objectives as our on-campus students,” according to Dr. Alison Burke, Criminology and Criminal Justice department chair. “This is done through the use of audio lectures, personalized feedback videos tailored to the specific class, and individualized student attention.”
SOU’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program prides itself on providing a superior learning environment and education in the tradition of small, public liberal arts colleges. Its faculty is a blend of scholars with broad practical experience and diverse academic credentials from different disciplines who support and practice the concept of individual personal attention for students within the program. “Our online students range from local students juggling work, personal, and academic life to students all over the world seeking an affordable, quality education,” said Tanya Blakeley, online coordinator for the program.
“Graduates of this program often go on to graduate school or go to work immediately upon graduation, serving in positions such as probation officers, parole officers, law enforcement personnel, juvenile workers, private security, and correctional institutions,” said Professor Burke. “Completing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice may be ideal for someone looking to earn a promotion to make a career change, and the affordable online option provides that opportunity to even more students.”
SOU is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. More information on SOU’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program is available online at
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