Criminal Justice instructors at Ivy Tech have real-world experience and are professionals in their fields. You may experience crime labs, court rooms, probation, community corrections, correctional facilities, jails, drug courts, investigative techniques that include physical evidence, psychological profiles, and cyber forensics as well as private and business security.
While in the Criminal Justice program students can choose to focus on several different areas.
- Law Enforcement – You will experience how to provide assistance, respond to emergency calls, investigate crime scenes, and testify in court. By developing the skills needed to be a police officer, including law, community relations, procedural law and criminal investigations you may be employed with your local police department, sheriffs, Indiana State Police, conservation officers, Homeland Security, prosecutors, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and private investigators.
- Corrections/ Probation – You will examine correctional policies and practices, criminal sentencing, jails, prisons, alternative sentencing, prisoner rights, rehabilitation, and community corrections including probation and parole. By exploring the American correctional system you may be employed at the local, state, and federal probation, parole, or correctional agencies in both the adult and juvenile systems.
- Court Services – You will develop skills in community relations, procedural law, court processes and cultural awareness. By exploring the Court Services you may be employed with victims’ assistance, probation support services, law offices, legal aid, public defenders, bailiffs, clerk offices, and local, state, federal courts.
- Public, Private & Business Security and Forensics/Cyber – You will conduct risk/threat assessments, emergency management plans, security survey reports, design security, crime and loss prevention programs for individual and business enterprises such as airports and casinos. You will develop skills in investigation process for both physical and cyber evidence, assess crime scenes and handle evidentiary material, and how to testify in court.
Graduates of the Criminal Justice program with Technical Certificate or AAS degree can move right in to a variety of positions in the field at the local, state and federal levels. Graduates of the AS degree can also transfer to one of our four-year partners. To find out more about transfer opportunities in Criminal Justice, click here.
Criminal Justice is a TSAP program, meaning you can start with Ivy Tech and transfer to a four-year university with junior status. For more information concerning TSAP programs, visit our TSAP page.
In addition to our TSAP program, if you would like to continue your education after completing your Ivy Tech degree, we have several four-year transfer partnerships in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!