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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. 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 will be used in the real world. The 27 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 include: 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 Homeland Security Option requires students to complete a total of 27 credit hours through a list of six required option courses. The courses consist of: Introduction to Homeland Security, Homeland Security Transportation, International Crime & Terrorism, Emergency Response to Terrorism, Introduction to Bioterrorism, and Global Terrorism.

Courses within the Homeland Security Option have defined a list of educational goals for students. Students should be able to analyze the impact of the war on terrorism upon society, assess the different tactics that maybe used to reduce threats against U.S. transportation, and examine patterns of behavioral incidence relating to terrorist activities. Additional topics that will be covered within the courses are infrastructure protection, vulnerability assessment, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and terrorist faction’s relationships throughout the world.

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