Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Program description. The Criminal Justice program is designed for persons seeking a career in the expanding fields of law enforcement, court administration, corrections, probation and parole, social services or the private security industry. In addition to skills-based knowledge that helps prepare students for successful careers in the criminal justice system, the curriculum also examines theoretical and ethical aspects of the criminal justice system. Topics include the history, structure, and function of the criminal justice system, ethical considerations for the criminal justice professional, theoretical explanations for crime, and effective communication. Coursework also provides a foundation for those who wish to pursue a four-year degree.
Typical job opportunities: Specific entry-level careers may include police officer, deputy sheriff, correctional officer, crime scene technician, court records clerk, probation officer, telecommunications officer, loss prevention officer, security officer, code enforcement officer, juvenile case worker, fish and wildlife officer, private investigator or crime victim advocate.
Program goals. Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:
- Acquire a basic knowledge of sociological theory (criminology); procedural rules and practices; technological tools, and the legal and political systems fundamental to the administration of criminal justice.
- Develop and demonstrate an ability to use standard investigative and evidentiary methods and technology related to the administration of criminal justice.
- Develop and use planning, organizational and compositional skills essential to effective communication in the field of criminal justice.
- Develop and use analytical skills to gain better understanding of social problems (criminology) and the methods used to address them (criminal justice).
- Develop and apply professional standards and ethics in the administration of criminal justice, including an awareness of the role that cultural diversity plays.
Contact(s): Liberal Arts Department, (865) 694-6475