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Victim and Offender Services Concentration

The Victim and Offender Services concentration provides comprehensive knowledge in victim and offender advocacy coupled with a foundation in criminal justice systems and operations. It is perfect for individuals interested in working with crime victims, juveniles, probation, and parole clients, or providing services in institutional or community-based settings.

The coursework covers a broad range of topics relevant to victim advocacy and crisis intervention. Theory courses discuss and analyze models for dealing with crises such as suicide, sexual and domestic violence, natural disasters and other personal loss. Additional courses focus on identifying patterns of victimization and how criminal justice professionals can respond to these patterns.

Victim and Offender Services Careers

Graduates with this concentration will be prepared to work in a variety of victim advocacy and services settings. Victim advocates provide a range of educational, referral and emotional support services. For example, some professionals in this discipline find roles in domestic abuse and other shelters, offering emotional support and helping victims find the resources they need to deal with trauma.

In addition to the courses listed below, students interested specifically in child advocacy may consider earning their certificate in child advocacy studies while working toward their criminal justice degree.

For more information, read our criminal justice careers page.

Classes to take for Victim and Offender Services

We recommend selecting from the following electives for students who wish to pursue a concentration in Victim and Offender Services within their criminal justice degree. View the curriculum page for a complete list of courses and descriptions.

  • COUNSPSY 7130: At Risk Youth
  • CRIMLJUS 7030: Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRIMLJUS 7310: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
  • CRIMLJUS 7320: Juvenile Delinquency & Justice: Race, Class, Gender, and Youth
  • CRIMLJUS 7430: Victimology
  • PSYCHLGY 7230: Crisis Intervention Theory

If you have more questions about the victim and offender services concentration or want to discuss which criminal justice career might be best for you, contact us.

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