Intended for students looking to move into careers in law enforcement, corrections, or working in the courts as soon as possible, the Criminal Justice associate degree at STCC gives students a strong foundation in the three-component criminal justice system; police, courts, and corrections. Our highly qualified professors bring real world knowledge and expertise to guide you through your criminal justice education. In addition, the Criminal Justice associate degree at STCC can serve as a launching point for advanced studies in law, social works, victim advocacy, and many other professions. Furthermore, the program can help in-service personnel achieve the knowledge and certifications necessary for promotion.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Science in Criminal Justice
A criminal justice program is offered primarily for students desiring to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. In addition, students desiring a pre-law school course of study will find the Criminal Justice Program most advantageous as the case method of study is employed wherever possible. There is opportunity for in-service police officers who are desirous of improving their knowledge and abilities through study of specific police science courses and various general education subjects.
The objective of this two-year program is to familiarize the student with legal, technical and practical aspects of law enforcement procedures. The ever-increasing crime rate, changing social order, changes in the criminal laws and major court decisions are all factors that have made the law enforcement officer's role one of extreme importance and ever-increasing complexity in modern society. Toward this end, the student will be provided with a strong background in the basic administration of justice as well as a general knowledge of the constitutional safe-guards as afforded in the Bill of Rights. This program also includes study in the social science area and a general choice of electives.
For future employment with a government law enforcement agency, students must undergo Criminal Offender Record Information check or other check. Depending on the findings, the student may or may not be employed.
Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Criminal Justice will be awarded.