Professional Studies Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- Criminal Justice Option

The Criminal Justice option prepares students to transfer into the junior year of a baccalaureate program in criminal justice or a related area. It provides a balanced and comprehensive overview of the nature and structure of the criminal justice system. Students will develop competency in interpersonal and group interactions. Career opportunities include Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies, Federal, State Court/Judiciary, Federal, State, County and Private Correctional facilities, Corporate and Private Security firms.

Human Services Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.)- Law Enforcement Studies Program

This program is intended for students seeking to pursue a career in law enforcement at both local and federal levels. This program will provide the fundamental knowledge of the functions and process of the criminal justice system as well as philosophy, history, and legal principles guiding law enforcement practices and procedures. Career opportunities include Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies, Federal, State Court/Judiciary, Federal, State and County Correctional facilities, Corporate and Private Security firms.

Human Services Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.)- Correctional Studies Program

This program is intended for students seeking to pursue a career in corrections at both federal and local levels. It provides fundamental knowledge of the functions and process of the criminal justice system as it relates to correctional studies. Students will study the philosophy, history, and legal principles guiding correctional practices and procedures. Career opportunities include working at Federal, State, County, and Private Correctional facilities as well as Federal and State Courts/Judiciary as Probation and Parole Officers.

Forensic Science Certificate of Achievement

This program provides a broad view of forensics as it pertains to investigations, adjudication and evidentiary matters. This program explores the fundamental scientific and mathematical concepts of investigative practices, evidence collection, and the guiding legal principles. Career opportunities: Federal, State, County, and Municipal Crime Scene Units, Forensics laboratories, and Medical Examiner’s Office.

Homeland Security Certificate of Achievement

This program is designed to expand the knowledge of practitioners in the field, as well as to introduce students to homeland security and emergency management. Students explore issues pertaining to domestic and international terrorism, counter terrorism strategies, best practices for security planning and threat assessment. Students are also introduced to key principles of an all hazards approach to emergency management, disaster planning, and man-made or natural threats. Career opportunities: Federal, State, and County Homeland Security agencies, Federal, State, and Municipal Offices of Emergency Management, and Corporate and Private Security firms.

Private Security Certificate of Achievement

This program prepares students to enter the field of private and corporate security. It provides students with fundamental knowledge and practices of crime prevention, protection and investigations. Students will also explore the contemporary development of security approaches, systems, and security management as well as the complex relationship between the criminal justice system and private security. Career opportunities: Corporate and Private Security firms in areas including, but not limited to, banking and financial services, commercial and residential properties, museums/cultural properties, athletic and entertainment arenas, manufacturing, agriculture, and pharmaceutical industries, private and public educational and medical institutions, and loss prevention for retail companies.

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