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Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement may find that earning an associate's degree be beneficial to starting a career. Northeast Community College offers the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement degree in an online format, which allows individuals a way to obtain a degree from their own home.
The curriculum strives to provide students with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary education in criminal justice. Courses include general education, criminal justice core courses, and elective classes. Through completion of this program, students should have a foundation that will allow them to enter the workforce or continue their education at a four-year college or university.
Students planning on transferring to a bachelor’s degree program are encouraged to consult with their advisor and review the transfer school’s requirements before enrolling in elective courses. This program offers students the opportunity to join a criminal justice student run organization. This association provides hands-on criminal justice experience. Students have the potential to participate in correctional facility tours, demonstrations of the repelling wall and Mobile Crime Lab, hear guest speakers in the field, missing person searches and campus security assessments.
Successful completion of at least 60 credit hours is required in order to graduate. Students may take courses such as criminal law, rules of evidence, police and society and more. Due to the hiring policies of law enforcement agencies, students must have a clean criminal record, no history of drug or alcohol abuse and be free from psychological, physiological and neuromuscular disorders to be eligible for employment.
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