The three Associate of Arts degree majors—law enforcement, corrections, and prelaw—assist students in preparing for careers in criminal justice. Specialization in a major begins in the second year of study. There is a broad range of courses allowing the second-year student wide latitude in career planning.
Students are urged to obtain specific information regarding the requirements and recommendations of the institution to which they plan to transfer if they will be seeking a bachelor’s degree.
A minimum of 64 credit hours is required for each of these three specialties, including the courses listed below.
The goal of the criminal justice program is to graduate students who will be assertive, bold, ethical, and positive practitioners in the future, guided by balance, self-control, common sense, curiosity, sensitivity, education, and open, effective communication skills.
The foundation for these practitioners will be their integrity, desire to seek continued personal growth as a criminal justice employee and citizen, and ability to work cooperatively and loyally with cohorts, subordinates, superiors, and the public.
Graduates should be prepared to offer leadership services to the community in return for the community’s invested trust in them as criminal justice employees.
This program of study may lead to employment as a municipal police officer, deputy sheriff, federal enforcement officer, or private or public security officer.
Good character and physical condition as well as minimum-maximum age limits are required by most employing law enforcement agencies. Employment trends also suggest that agencies are giving preference to those with higher levels of college education. Attendance at a training academy is required to become a law enforcement officer.