Criminal Justice/Public Safety Degree or Certificates
Associate of Science

Criminal Justice/Public Safety

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Program Overview

Program Overview

There continues to be a need for professional public servants. The modern criminal justice/public safety system needs people with the ability to think critically, demonstrate sensitivity, and maintain professional standards. Enroll in our criminal justice courses or get your degree and explore the possibilities for a career in this field. Our Criminal Justice/Public Safety program can help prepare you for entry-level employment or give you the education you need to transfer to a four-year college or university. Get your degree in criminal justice and specialize in one of these options:

Earn a degree

Choosing one of these options will require the completion of specific courses related to that particular field of study. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in law enforcement and policing. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: police officer, probation officer, corporate security, corrections officer, private investigation, and computer security specialists.
  • The program offers a broad liberal arts education for those students who wish to transfer their earned credits from the program to  a four-year academic institution of their choice.
  • Earn a certificate 

    A certificate programs in Criminal Justice is available to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study. Please note: the certificate option in Computer Crime is ending in 2020 and no longer accepting students.
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Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

 

Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

Quick Facts

Criminal Justice/Public Safety Quick Facts

Choose a Career With Options
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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2016, roughly three million workers were employed in the criminal justice field. This broader field includes sub-fields such as law enforcement, corrections, forensic science, homeland security, private security, academia, and legal services.

On the Road to Growth
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The criminal justice career sector is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Across the nation, there is a continued, heightened focus on law enforcement, immigration, public safety, and security, which has created a high demand. This growth is continuing into the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which estimates that police and detective employment will grow 4% through 2024. 

Women in Law Enforcement
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In 2013, the FBI released data showing that nationwide, women represented about a quarter of all law enforcement employees and just over 10% of law enforcement officers. Women represent more civilian roles in law enforcement, with the same data reporting that women occupy nearly 40% of civilian roles in law enforcement.

Additional Details

Train for a Career in Law Enforcement

The Criminal Justice/Public Safety Program provides training for career opportunities in law enforcement and policing, and also offers a broad liberal arts education for those students who wish to transfer their earned credits from the program to four-year academic institution. Options offered in the Program include: Corrections, Law Enforcement, Security, and Forensics. Each of these options is in a growing field with increasing opportunities for employment. Although all these options are included in the same program, they offer the student a diverse choice of career fields.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

This certificate program focuses on skills development for those people who are already inthe law enforcement and security services and for those who seek entry-level employmentin those services. The program may be pursued on a full or part-time basis. For furtherinformation, consult the Division Director or the Program Coordinator

This certificate program is designed to enhance skill development for those people who are employed in a career field dealing with computer security or for people seeking entry into such a career field and for those people who want to use a computer in an assortment of ways. Upon completion of this certificate, students will possess the skills necessary to manage a computer security program or to protect their own personal computers from attack.

Credits earned in this certificate program are applicable toward an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Public Safety. These courses are offered in the day or evening for the convenience of those adults who are employed full-time.

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Academic & Transfer

Transfer options are available for students who choose this course of study.  Talk with your advisor.


Career Paths

The criminal justice career sector is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Across the nation, there is a continued, heightened focus on law enforcement, immigration, public safety, and security, which has created a high demand for the kinds of careers listed below:

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Corporate Security
  • Corrections Officer
  • Private Investigation
  • Computer Security Specialists

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