In the maze of modern law enforcement and legal proceedings, demand for highly qualified criminal justice professionals is heard in police stations, correctional facilities, and campus security headquarters. Accordingly, the criminal justice curriculum prepares students for employment in the various areas of criminal justice and for further education if desired.
The Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement curriculum is designed to provide a foundation in the theory and execution of law and to prepare students to assume responsible positions in any of a variety of criminal justice agencies. Sixty percent of the courses in the curriculum focus on criminal justice while the other 40 percent are in social sciences, humanities and liberal arts.
Graduates of the program will have the background to continue and serve as police officers, conservation officers, correctional officers, or campus safety officers. Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement graduates will have the background that will qualify them to work in private or industrial security. Students anticipating doing any type of investigative work will benefit from this curriculum.
The program prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions offering bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and related fields.
When students graduate from this program, they will be able to step into almost any facet of criminal justice work and not only feel comfortable, but have a thorough understanding of the functions of the particular area they have entered. They should have the knowledge and the background to make them excellent practitioners in the field and be an asset to the agency that hires them.
For increased flexibility, students may elect to take more than 75% of the program courses online.