Criminal Justice

Criminal justice careers are challenging, dynamic, and constantly changing. We are committed to preparing you for the rigors and rewards associated with this service-oriented profession.

Interested in this program?

Why should I choose this program?

The interconnections of public safety and freedom in our democratic society largely depend on the quality and professionalism of our criminal justice professionals. Our increasingly diverse communities call for highly trained individuals who are committed to community service. We need criminal justice professionals who see themselves as a part of the larger community they serve. And recognize that, “The police are the people, and the people are the police.” - Sir Robert Peel.

If you enroll in our program, you will be challenged by a curriculum centered on the history and philosophy of the criminal justice system. You will engage in continuous dialogue with current and former criminal justice professionals while critically assessing criminal justice agencies, laws impacting criminal justice functions, and aspects focused on becoming culturally competent while engaging community members.

What skills will I learn and improve?

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  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural awareness
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Reporting
  • Skills required for your branch of criminal justice

What are my career opportunities?

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Median Salary

A degree in Criminal Justice can bring many different opportunities, including:

  • Federal agencies
  • Local state police agencies
  • Correction agencies, federal and state
  • Probation and parole, federal and state
  • Schools and non-profit settings
  • May be helpful to support your application to law school

Program features and benefits

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  • All classes are taught by experienced faculty who are actively working in the field or retired
  • Internship opportunities in your future career choice
  • If you complete the Criminal Justice Police Academy program and pass your MCOLES licensing exam, you will receive a certificate of completion and will be licensed to apply to any local city or county law enforcement agency