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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice

Program Description

The criminal justice program provides a broad exposure to the criminal justice field and development of entry-level competencies for employment. It will contribute to upgrading knowledge and skills for those already employed in the field.

Student Learning Outcomes

Criminal Justice graduates are prepared to:

  • Communicate and express himself/herself in a professional manner.
  • Apply learned knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate analytical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate and embrace the importance of ethical conduct and behavior.


  • Individuals considering a degree or employment in the criminal justice profession must be aware of strict employment qualifications. Factors that usually disqualify candidates from employment in the profession include a criminal record (i.e., theft, assault, murder), history of drug abuse, significant psychological/personal disorders, physiological disorders, neuromuscular dysfunction, dishonesty, etc. Criminal justice and law enforcement agencies carefully scrutinize candidates in order to select those who will maintain the public’s trust and confidence at all times.
  • Criminal justice courses can be taken online from any of the six community colleges in Nebraska. See advisor for current online course schedule.


Associate of Applied Science