The Criminal Justice program prepares students for a career in such areas as law enforcement, corrections, security and juvenile justice. The program allows students to choose either an AA or AAS degree. All students must complete the basic Criminal Justice requirements, then select other Criminal Justice classes in areas of primary interest.
NOTE: Students who have a criminal background history may make it through the program, but it is NOT likely that they will find employment in the Criminal Justice field, and students with a criminal history may NOT be eligible for an internship, which is required for the AAS degree.
For more information about the Criminal Justice program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/criminaljustice.
Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.
Students start any semester.
Program Entry Requirements
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
To earn a Criminal Justice AA or AAS degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree, plus the Criminal Justice required courses and options and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
*SOC 200 is a required course for this program that may be used to fulfill 3 credits of Social & Behavioral Sciences AA Core .
**Each Social & Behavioral Science course must be from a distinct discipline [different acronym].
To complete this program, you must meet the Diversity Requirement with a grade of “C” or higher. See the AA section of this catalog for more information about which courses can count toward this requirement.
Option Courses - Select 6 Credits
Students are strongly encouraged to talk to a full-time Criminal Justice instructor about which option courses to take. Other CRJ courses may be eligible for use as option courses with department chair approval. Please consult chair prior to registering for those courses.
Total Minimum Credits Required to Complete the AA Degree - Law Enforcement Concentration - 64
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for the program: $10,413*
* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
- Assist people in trouble.
- Patrol businesses, residential and rural areas.
- Collect evidence at a crime or accident scene.
- Testify in court.
- Be involved in community relations activities.
- Supervise problem youth.
- Assist judges and attorneys.
- Set up Loss Prevention programs.
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Ability to get along with people.
- Possess maturity and emotional stability.
- Be in good physical health including sight and hearing.
- Self discipline to work with situations that may contradict your personal values.
- Ability to deal with emergencies.
- Function well under stress.
- Ability to function effectively in a political environment.
What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?
- Students who have a criminal background history may make it through the program, but it is NOT likely that they will find employment in the Criminal Justice field, and students with a criminal history may NOT be eligible for an internship, which is required.
- This is a highly rewarding field with a great number of careers, including federal marshal, detective, juvenile court officer, security manager, lab technician, parole officer, game warden, state patrol, prison guard, police sergeant.
- Some courses may be offered online.
- Average starting salary: AA degree $39,980, AS degree $37,645 (2010-2011 Placement Report).
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