Criminal Justice Technology majors acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become professionals working within the criminal justice system. In addition to practical, theoretical and technical applications of law enforcement, the curriculum provides an overview of courts and corrections services. An examination of the interaction of education and human service agencies with the various components of the criminal justice system is emphasized. Survey courses in the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and political science are important for a broad understanding of the criminal justice system.
The Criminal Justice program offers an associate degree and certificates in Law Enforcement and Corrections Services, Crime Scene Investigations, and Paralegal Specialists. Credit for courses in the certificates also may be applied toward the associate degree.
Scheduling and Entry Options
Students may enter any term. Courses can be completed in any order subject to the completion of course prerequisites. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Evening students and part-time students should allow additional terms to complete degree requirements. The associate degree program requirements can be met completely online.
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 on entering 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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