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Criminal Justice - Generalist Option (CJGNO)

Program Details

The Criminal Justice-Corrections Option program awards the Associate in Applied Science Degree and may be completed entirely online. The degree should educate students in the practical knowledge of the criminal justice system and it’s many operations. Courses cover criminal justice topics relating to law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels.  Students will also analyze the role that criminal justice has within modern society.

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete 98-99 credit hours. The total credits are divided into 27 general education, 45 major requirement, and 26-27 Course Track Offering credits. Students are encouraged to talk with an academic advisor or the Student Services program when planning their course of study.

The general education courses offered at MCC provide students a core education within a broad range of subjects.  These courses are designed to enrich the student’s perspectives and develop problem-solving techniques that may be used in the real world. The general education credits are divided into 9 communications, 4.5 social science, 9 quantitative/numeracy skills, and 9 other credits.

The major requirement courses have been developed to strengthen the student’s career skills and knowledge. The credits are split into 10 courses. Some of the major’s courses are Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Investigation, The Constitution, and Introduction to Psychology.

Students may complete the Course Track Offering credits through one of six choices. The six options are Corrections, Homeland Security, Generalist, Law Enforcement, Private Security, and Network Security & Computer Forensics. Each option provides a specialized education for students that would like a to pursue a specific career path within the field of criminal justice.

The 26 Generalist Option credits are divided into six classes. The courses consist of: Introduction to Corrections, Courts & the Judicial Process, Interpersonal Communication Skills, American National Government, Criminology, and Juvenile Justice.

The program outlines several educational goals for students within each of the Generalist Option’s courses. Students should be proficient in analysis of social deviant behavior, evaluation of correctional due process, and the assessment of institutional-based corrections.  Additional course topics include history of corrections, application of the law, civil liability concerns, function of the political system, and definitions of juvenile delinquency.

Upon graduation, students may find careers as a police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, correctional officer, secret service agent, U.S. marshal, or loss prevention specialist. Students may work within settings at the local, state, and federal level. Students that plan to enter the criminal justice profession should be aware that there are rigorous and extensive employment qualifications for certain positions.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission