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Criminal Justice

This program provides students with a broad spectrum of coursework in corrections, law enforcement, courts, and investigation. The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the criminal justice field in both the public and private sector. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates can pursue entry-level positions with local or state law enforcement agencies, the federal government, insurance companies, correctional facilities, and private security services.

Career & Skills

An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is an excellent way to enter an exciting career in Criminal Justice. If you choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, all of your AAS earned credits will be applied toward the continued program at Harrison College. As with any additional college, entering the Criminal Justice field with a BS typically offers a wider variety of job opportunities, a more direct path to management level positions, and a higher starting salary.

Possible Job Titles

In Social Services: Social Worker, Victim Advocate, Case Manager, Corrections Officer, Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Counselor; In Judiciary & Law: Court Reporter, Legal Assistant, Legal Researcher; In Law Enforcement: Investigator, Patrol Officer, Security Officer, Transport Security; In Business: Private Security, Private Investigator, Casino Surveillance, Personal Protection

Skills, Tasks & Knowledge of the Job

  • Skills and tasks vary widely depending on the Criminal Justice career pursued
  • In general, you'll use your knowledge of the criminal justice system and the law, the theoretical causes of criminality, the methods of criminal justice policy research, as well as aspects of professionalism and ethics for criminal justice practitioners

Typical Work Environments

  • Local and regional law enforcement
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private security agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Social work agencies
  • Other criminal justice organizations with eventual advancement to state and federal

Program offered is an Associate Degree.

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Harrison College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Certificates, Diplomas and Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. Its accreditation of degree-granting institutions is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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