Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice

Employment in a criminal justice career is always going to be available!

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Paul Nagy

Is there a future in a Criminal Justice career?

Police officers work in partnership with the public to reduce crime and enforce federal, state and local laws. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, increased crime and a more security-conscious society are contributing to the rising demand for police services while generous salaries and benefits are attracting more people to the profession. Individuals with college training in police science, military police experience, or both, have the best opportunities.

Why choose a career in Criminal Justice?

The law enforcement/criminal justice field is thriving. After a decade of declining crime rates, crime in every category is on the rise across the country. Advances in technology and a post-September 11 emphasis on homeland security have fueled a demand for a new breed of law enforcement professional equipped to meet the changes in national security. Employment in a criminal justice career is always going to be available. Public safety, juvenile offenders, adult offenders, incarceration, child abuse and neglect, rehabilitation—these things are a part of society. This career field is your opportunity to help make a difference.

What will I learn in the Criminal Justice program at CCC?

  • Criminology
  • Policing
  • Correctional Systems/Probation and Parole
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Law/Procedures
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Organized Crime/Understanding Gangs

Why is the Criminal Justice program at CCC so outstanding?

The Criminal Justice Department at CCC offers many unique features. We offer internships and cooperative education experiences to students who have completed at least 12 hours in Criminal Justice. Such experiential learning allows students to explore everyday practices in the criminal justice system while exploring many diverse career options. The entire Criminal Justice Curriculum is available online. Many classes are available every semester and all courses are offered at least once every two years. This rotation allows students to complete all of the courses necessary in a two-year period. If you need flexibility because of work and family obligations, this option may appeal to you. Most courses are taught by current law enforcement officers who have specific training and expertise in a specialized area of criminal justice. Part-time faculty members represent many local law enforcement agencies including the Clovis Police Department, the Curry County Sheriff's Department, the New Mexico State Police, and the District Attorney's Office.

Here are the classes you need to take in order to earn your Associate of Applied Science Degree. You can also view the CCC Course Catalog for more details, including course descriptions.

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