Drury University

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Criminal Justice and Criminology at Drury

Drury University provides undergraduates with several opportunities to study both criminal justice and criminology. The criminal justice bachelor's and associate degrees are only available online, and the degree in criminology is offered on-campus. There is no graduate degree available in either field at Drury University. In addition to core coursework, the associate degree in criminal justice requires 24 credit hours, which include two electives from the following three classes:

•Ethics in Criminal Justice

•Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

•Statistical Foundations for Behavioral Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires 42 credit hours beyond core requirements, and some of the classes required include:

•White Collar Crime

•Victimilogy

•The Correctional System

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology requires 44 credit hours as part of a complete 120-credit hour program. Even though many of the course requirements are the same as those in the criminal justice program, the criminology program incorporates a strong research component in the behavioral sciences.

About Drury University

Drury University sprung from the Congregationalist tradition of northern universities, such as Oberlin College and Harvard University. The Congregationalists wanted an institution of higher learning in Missouri, and Drury University was it. It was originally known as Drury College and became Drury University in 2000. The first curriculum included music, education, and religion.

Drury University innovated education in the Show-Me State. It was one of the first to offer classes for nontraditional students in the evenings and on weekends. Indeed, many of the school's current major and minor courses of study are offered exclusively in the evenings to accommodate older students who have jobs and families.

Currently, U.S. News and World Report ranks Drury University at No. 29 in the Southwest Region. The university is ranked No. 10 among "best for veterans" and No. 26 among "best value schools." The online program for undergraduate education is also nationally ranked.

Eight in 10 students report satisfaction with the education they receive. The student-to-faculty ratio at Drury University is 13-to-1, and the total enrollment is slightly more than 3,500.

Drury University Accreditation Details

The university is regionally accredited through The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, it has received the following departmental accreditations:

•National Association of Schools of Music

•National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

•Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

•Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

•Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

•National Architecture Accrediting Board

•American Music Therapy Association

•American Chemical Society

Drury University Application Requirements

Undergraduate students must have at least six semesters of secondary school credit either completed or in progress to be considered. Students must also take either the SAT or the ACT prior to admission. Both full high-school transcripts and test results must be sent to the Drury University Office of Admissions before acceptance. These must be official documents sent by either the high school or the testing organization. Self-sent transcripts and test results will be rejected.

International students must complete an English proficiency test prior to acceptance, and they must also send their secondary-school transcripts or equivalent documentation of their academic achievement. Students with additional questions should contact the Office of Admissions for clarification.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for full-time students at Drury University is $13,675 for American students. For international students, it is $27,350. There are also assorted fees and surcharges based on the student's particular situation, such as overload credits above 17 per semester. There are many available options for housing and meal plans. It should be borne in mind that students living in on-campus housing must purchase a meal plan. There are no exceptions.

Students have the option of paying for single rooms or living in fraternity or sorority houses. Certain housing options may not be available because of being full. Before selecting a housing option and arriving unaware that that option is not viable, students should contact the university to determine if their selected housing option is available.

Online classes cost $308 per credit hour, and there are various small fees also involved.

When it comes to financial aid, Drury University offers academic scholarships through its own funds. These are based on academics. For example, a student who has a high-school GPA of 3.7 or above and scores either a 29 or higher on the ACT or 1,290 or higher on the SAT can qualify for $17,000 annually. Students with lower scores qualify for lesser amounts. Students are also encouraged to seek outside scholarships.

There are grants available, and Drury University classifies its work-study program as a grant. International students wishing to participate in the work-study program must ensure all of their visas, work permits, and other relevant immigration documents are in order prior to applying. Students who receive either grants or scholarships usually must maintain rigorous standards to keep their awards. In some cases, failure to meet these standards results in any previous award being converted to an unsubsidized federal student loan.

Federal loans, also known as Stafford Loans, may be either subsidized or unsubsidized. The chief difference is that the interest on the unsubsidized version capitalizes on itself. In short, students pay interest on the interest, which accrues during enrollment at the university. Regarding subsidized loans, the government pays the interest while the student is enrolled at least half-time. If students have questions, they should contact the Financial Aid Office.

With all financial aid, students should begin with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Both the government and the school will use the FAFSA to determine a student's eligibility for the various kinds of aid. Students who seek financial aid outside of the school or the government should still fill out the form because one never knows when any source of funding outside of those that are guaranteed might suddenly dry up. Students certainly don't want to be left "holding the bag" as it were.

Drury University provides easily accessible degrees in criminal justice and criminology for the budding investigators, law enforcement officers, and administrators of tomorrow.