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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 aims to 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 can 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 45 major requirement credits are split into 10 courses. Some of the courses consist of Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Investigation, The Constitution, and Introduction to Psychology. The major requirement courses are designed to strengthen the student’s career skills and knowledge.

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 to pursue a specific career path within the field of criminal justice.

The Private Security option requires students to complete a total of 27 credits. The credits may be completed through six required option courses. The six courses are Introduction to Private Security, Private Security Law, Loss Prevention, Commercial Security, Fire & Alarm Security, and Principles of Security Safety.

Courses within the program also list a variety of educational goals and topics. Some course topics include: security system techniques, criminal law, modern loss prevention techniques, security operations and risk management. Students should be proficient in applying security management principles, monitoring alarms, and prevent crime through environmental design methods.

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