Make a positive impact on society with a career in criminal justice or law enforcement. Whether you want to prevent crime, assist victims, or rehabilitate offenders, our Criminal Justice program gives you the tools you need to serve and protect your community.
Career Outlook: Law Enforcement
The criminal justice field offers a variety of rewarding career opportunities. Criminal justice professionals often work in areas such as law enforcement, the courts, security, probation, and corrections. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for law enforcement professionals to grow 3% by 2030, with roughly 68,500 job openings available each year. The average salary for police and detectives was $66,000 in 2021. A four-year degree in criminal justice opens up additional career paths in forensics, criminology, and more.
A.A.S. Criminal Justice
Gain a strong background in criminal, procedural, and constitutional law while preparing for a career in the criminal justice system. Personalize your learning by taking elective courses in law enforcement, corrections, or probation. Co-op internship and hands-on training opportunities with local agencies make you workforce ready upon graduation.
Criminal Justice Certificate
Prepare for entry-level employment opportunities in criminal justice, law enforcement, or private security in as little as one year. This 24-credit program focuses on the fundamentals of law, with brief introductions to psychology and sociology. If you're interested in continuing your education, you can seamlessly transfer into our A.A.S. degree program. This certificate is ideal for adult learners and those interested in adding a secondary field to your primary area of study.