Criminal Justice majors acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become working professionals in the criminal justice system. The program curriculum is a blend of theory, procedure, and technical application. Criminal justice is a diverse field and students will be exposed to elements from the three primary components: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students wishing to explore related topics may choose from a diverse set of electives including: criminal profiling, specialized policing issues, criminalistics, and security studies. Qualified students also have the opportunity to participate in an organized internship with an area criminal justice agency. In order to appreciate the contributions and limitations of the criminal justice system, students will be exposed to the related disciplines of psychology, sociology, and political science.
The Criminal Justice program offers an associate degree and one certificate. Emphases are offered in each of the following disciplines: general Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Operations, Loss Prevention and Security, and Paralegal. Students interested in earning a baccalaureate degree should speak with a program advisor, as transfer agreements are maintained with area universities.
Scheduling and Entry Options
Students may enter any term. Course availability is subject to term of enrollment. Criminal Justice courses build on each preceding course and must be taken in sequence. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Part-time students and students not attending summer sessions should allow additional terms to complete degree requirements.
All Criminal Justice students must earn a grade of C or better in CRJ and LEG courses to qualify for graduation.
Important Information for Students
Job opportunities within the Criminal Justice field are extremely limited for those students with backgrounds that involve the willful violation of the law, violent conflict with others, psychological problems, or drug and alcohol addiction.
Students with these types of issues who plan to enter the Criminal Justice field of study should consult with their anticipated employer about their particular circumstances. Your advisor can also guide you generally in this regard. It is always beneficial to address these types of issues early, but it remains the students’ responsibility to resolve, discuss, or research their own personal circumstances which may prevent them from being employable in the Criminal Justice field.
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