If you are looking for an opportunity for public service in a challenging job that involves personal responsibility, you may find success in the criminal justice field. Knowledge of sociology, psychology, government and law is helpful in preparing for this career.
Ivy Tech Community College's associate of science degree in Criminal Justice prepares you to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice or criminology at a four-year institution.
Through your choice of electives, you can study:
Corrections: Vigorous law enforcement and stringent sentencing rules have increased the number of people being held for trial or imprisoned for their crimes in the last decade. Corrections officers monitor people being detained for trial and those who have been imprisoned.
Forensics: Forensics officials assist in the criminal investigative process, assess crime scenes and evidentiary material, and testify in court. This concentration places emphasis on developing the skills needed to supplement traditional law enforcement roles with a specialization interest in forensics.
Law Enforcement: Law enforcement officials provide assistance, respond to emergency calls, investigate crime scenes, and testify in court.This concentration places emphasis on developing the skills needed to be a police officer, including law, community relations, procedural law and criminal investigations.
Youth Services: This coursework will prepare you to work with youth offenders and their families as they navigate the judicial and correctional system. Youth services professionals strive to prevent youth offenders from committing future crimes by helping the youth and the families discover the causes of illegal behavior.
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