Criminal Justice – A. A. Degree 60 – 61 credit hours

Major Description

The need for college-level training in the field of Criminal Justice has grown dramatically. Law enforcement, correctional, probation and parole agencies have recognized the value of college training for their employees. Criminal Justice careers can encompass a variety of jobs. The employment possibilities within the traditional police, courts and corrections areas are being expanded with opportunities in private business. From police officers to private detectives, youth care workers to security guards, these people help our society run smoothly and within the realms of the law.

Graduates of a criminal justice program find employment opportunities in law enforcement at the federal, state and local level, adult and juvenile correctional facilities, community correctional programs, child advocacy, juvenile agencies, victim advocacy, protective services and other service agencies. After completion of the Criminal Justice Associate Degree program, students may transfer to a four year institution or they will have the basic knowledge to enter any public safety agency at the federal, state, and local level, as well as agencies in the private sector of insurance and security technology.

Work Environment

Criminal Justice majors can expect to find employment opportunities in the court system, police departments, Homeland Security, Corrections Department, and the Department of Public Safety.

Potential Job Titles

  • Probation Officer
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Private Security