Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
CRIMINAL JUSTICE MISSION STATEMENT:
The mission of the Criminal Justice Associate of Science degree program is to provide students with the tools necessary to obtain employment in the criminal justice profession, including careers in law enforcement, corrections, private security, juvenile justice and probation and parole.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE VISION STATEMENT:
MacCormac College’s Criminal Justice Program will be recognized for the quality of its graduates. The program will provide students with the skills to be successful in their career endeavours and to meet the challenges the criminal justice field provides.
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE GOALS:
The Criminal Justice program will pursue academic excellence in its classes and expansion of internship opportunities to expose students to real-life experiences.
To do this, we will:
- Recruit, retain and graduate students who are academically prepared to assume the duties and opportunities as criminal justice professionals in the criminal justice marketplace.
- Continuously review and modify the criminal justice curriculum to address changes in the criminal justice job market and to ensure that MacCormac College criminal justice students are provided with the most up to date educational methodologies to successfully participate in the criminal justice profession.
- Encourage our students to become engaged in giving back to the greater Chicagoland community and participating in volunteer opportunities, internships, externships and networking events.
- Continuously build a highly qualified faculty committed to academic excellence and a student centered approach to education.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Criminal Justice graduates will be able to:
- Understand Criminal Justice theory and practical applications
- Utilize forensic techniques to determine relevance, origin and significance of evidence
- Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues that may arise in the criminal justice profession
- Comprehend basic constitutional, criminal and procedural law as it applies to the criminal justice system
- Demonstrate knowledge of criminal justice infrastructure, administration and policy formation
- Conceptualize the relationship between corrections, probation, parole and the societal goals of criminal justice
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT A GLANCE
WHAT DOES AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE PREPARE ME FOR?
Law enforcement work every day to prevent crime and apprehend criminals. While some Criminal Justice majors may choose to become police officers, their degree offers them many different career options. Criminal Justice majors can go on to work in local, state, federal, or private sector law enforcement. There are a variety of opportunities within the field of Criminal Justice, and possible careers include: private investigator, corrections officer, probation officer, security guard, and fraud investigator.
Although the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish an Occupational Handbook for Criminal Justice majors, the outlook for many related jobs predicts a minimum projected growth rate of 9 percent between 2008 and 2018 with favorable job opportunities.
MEDIAN SALARY RANGE
While the median annual salary in 2010 for police officers and detectives was $55,010, the top 10 percent earned more than $88,870 a year.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS DEGREE?
- Private Investigator
- Corrections Officer
- Probation Officer
- Security Guard
- Fraud Investigator
- Police Officer
WHY STUDY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT MACCORMAC?
Students in the program complete a two-year curriculum studying crime, law, and the justice system. At MacCormac College you will receive hands-on instruction from highly qualified instructors. Many graduates of the program will go on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at a four-year institution.
MacCormac College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.