Aug 16, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can work in law enforcement, corrections, security, and social services. The degree also prepares students for continuing their education to pursue employment in probation, parole, forensic science, crime lab technicians, and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • 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.

Typical Program of Study

To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goal, a proposed program of study is provided. A student’s final program of study will be influenced by factors such as placement test scores, prior college experience, course availability, transfer requirements, program admission requirements, and special areas of interest. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her advisor prior to any academic planning and registering.