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Criminal Justice

Serve your community while promoting public safety. Our degree and certificate programs prepare for you for police, corrections, or security careers.

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What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice prepares the student for entry into the field of public safety and justice.  Criminal justice vocations have evolved into complex specializations that require unique skills sets and a wide base of tactical knowledge. Criminal justice vocations have evolved from jobs with minimal requirements to jobs requiring complex knowledge and skills. This curriculum gives the student theory, principles, and techniques employed by criminal justice agencies and police units. The study of the law as it relates to criminal justice agencies, human behavior, government, and communications along with specialized course work comprise the curriculum. Graduates from the AAS in Criminal Justice program may seek job opportunities on the federal, state, county, and municipal levels.

With experience, the CRJ graduate may move into administrative or supervisory positions in corrections, security and/or law enforcement.

The Computer Forensics certificate develops skills and techniques needed to adequately gather computer forensics information during a criminal investigation and follow chain of custody procedures to insure a successful prosecution.

What are my career choices?

Our Criminal Justice program will prepare you to perform traffic enforcement and criminal investigations, follow due process and procedures, collect and preserve evidence, arrest and prosecute violators of the law, and supervise professionals in criminal justice fields. There are career opportunities at municipal, county, state, and federal levels of government as a police officer, criminal investigator, court administrator, corrections, parole, or probation officer, security investigator.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers


Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status (at least 15 credit hours per semester).

This information should not be considered a substitute for the catolog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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