The Criminal Justice Program prepares students for careers in law, counseling, and law enforcement.
The Police Academy is a great way to begin your career in law enforcement and provides students with the mental, ethical, and physical training to handle the demands of the job. Trained officers, whether in law enforcement, correctional facilities, or those in probation and parole positions, serve important roles in serving and protecting citizens.
This program also provides the foundation for coursework leading to a degree in the legal field, whether you are looking to be a lawyer, a legal assistant, or a paralegal. By obtaining a practical and theoretical understanding of the justice system, this program is a great way to start a career that will help make a difference in your community.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Effectively articulate factual information orally and in writing as applied to criminal justice practice.
- Apply a professional code of ethics in exercising discretion and problem-solving.
- Explain the history and function of the three components of the American criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
- Summarize the constitutional protections granted to individuals who come in contact with the criminal justice system.
- Describe the historical developments that impact the nature and extent of crime in the United States, including the evolution of criminological theories associated with crime causation and prevention.
- Explain the role of substantive and procedural law in the criminal justice process, including the major philosophies of punishment.
Associate of Arts Criminal Justice Education Plan