The Criminal Justice associate degree program has been designed in response to the need for professionally trained and competent criminal justice practitioners. Generally, three groups of students are served: those who plan to seek employment in public or private agencies immediately upon completion of the two-year degree; those already employed in the system who have a desire for further education in order to qualify for professional advancement; and those who intend to pursue advanced studies in criminal justice, criminology, or other curricula at four-year institutions.
The Criminal Justice certificates are designed to prepare the student for positions where more diverse education is required. Generally, two groups of students are served: those who already have a degree in another discipline and wish to take courses in criminal justice; and those who need to upgrade their education in criminal justice and prepare for advancement within their current positions that do not require the associates degree.
NOTE: With the exception of summer semester (nine weeks) each semester is comprised of two seven week terms (term 1 and term 2). Each Criminal Justice course in a specific semester will be offered in both term 1 and term 2 to enable you to take all the required courses in a specific semester.