Salt Lake Community College currently offers a Criminal Justice AS degree. This course is designed to teach students about the criminal justice systems and operation. Students will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. Students will also learn about the criminal justice system within society. The curriculum will emphasize criminology, criminal justice systems, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Students will also have the chance to study issues of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology and their relationship to criminal justice.
There are two degree options in this program. The Associate of Science degree is for students planning to transfer to a four-year school while the Associate in Applied Science degree will allow students to prepare directly for entry-level work. Students are advised to check with an advisor to plan a course track that is appropriate with the students’ goals.
This program requires a minimum of 64 credit hours. A full-time student can typically complete an AS degree within two years. Students have a variety of courses to choose from that best suit their interests and career goals. Besides the major course work in business, students are required to have a certain amount of semester hour credits in general education, which includes work in communications, humanities/fine arts, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and mathematics.
Anyone with a degree in Criminal Justice will have various employment opportunities at local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Jobs include police officer, state trooper, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.
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