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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Associate in Applied Science Degree (FP, FV, M)
Certificate of Proficiency (FP, FV, M)

This program prepares students for entry-level employment in the criminal justice system. It also prepares those currently employed by a law enforcement agency for promotion and provides a background in law enforcement for those preparing to study pre-law and advanced study in police management, criminology or social welfare. The program introduces students to the criminal justice system and its components. Students also will obtain a working knowledge of the laws and procedures of the Missouri Juvenile Code.

Graduates are qualified for positions in law enforcement agencies, private security organizations and businesses such as insurance companies, banks and retail operations.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, law enforcement personnel held about 842,000 jobs in 2004. Approximately 80 percent were employed by local governments, 12 percent by state police agencies, and 6 percent by federal agencies.

Persons interested in criminal justice should possess:

  • Good people and communication skills
  • Previous participation in team sports, military service or other group settings
  • Prior coursework in psychology, sociology, social studies and law