Program Summary

Degree Offered:
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law

Classes Addressing Student Outcomes

CJ110 Intro to Criminal Justice
CJ210 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
CJ211/12 Intro to Law Enforcement/Corrections
CJ214 Criminal Investigation
CJ215 Criminal Law
CJ240 Agency Administration

The Criminal Justice/Police Science program at Colby Community College offers a major that explores the connections between the individual, society, law, science, crime, and justice. The program is designed for highly motivated students who wish to pursue positions in the criminal justice profession. 

The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law program of study is designed for the student planning to transfer to a four-year degree program in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law or social or a behavioral science program. The curriculum may be modified to reflect student interests and/or the requirements of a particular transfer institution .

Earning a degree in criminal justice can help you get hired for many different job opportunities within the criminal justice field. While police officers make up a large portion of the professionals working in law enforcement, there are many more career options that you may want to consider from FBI agent to computer forensic specialist. With the wide range of roles available, you can find a career that is a good fit for your unique interests, skills, talents, and salary expectations.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates growth in the following criminal justice fields:

Law Enforcement
There is a predicted 5% increase in all law enforcement by 2021, increasing by 41,400 officers across the country, for a total of 821,300 positions. Applicants who have a college degree, military experience and can speak a second language will do well in finding employment.

A 5% increase is also expected in the field of corrections. A total of 43,000 positions will be added to the bailiff and corrections officer field within the next six years. Prospective applicants in this criminal justice field will increase the chance of employment with prior military experience and/or a college degree.

The outlook for criminal justice jobs as a police, fire and ambulance dispatcher is expected to grow 8% by 2021. Basic requirements are a high school diploma, with some states requiring advanced certification. A military background in communications is also helpful.

Social Worker
One of the largest growth rates will be in social work, at a 19% increase. While not all social workers are in the criminal justice arena, some law enforcement departments and corrections agencies employ social workers. A bachelor's degree is required but a master’s degree, advanced supervised training, and state licensing is required for those wanting to become a clinical social worker.

Suggested Program of Study

SO100Student Success Seminar1
EN176English Composition I3
EN177English Composition II3
 Oral Communications - Gen. Ed. 3
 Mathematics - Gen. Ed.3
 Science with Lab - Gen. Ed.3-5
 Social/ Behavioral Science - Gen. Ed.3
 Social/ Behavioral Science - Gen. Ed.3
 Arts/ Humanities - Gen. Ed.3
 Arts/ Humanities - Gen. Ed.3
 Physical Education - Lifestyle or Skill1
 Additional Arts Degree Courses
A total of at least 9 additional credit hours of general education courses in the area of written and oral communication, social and behavioral sciences, and arts and humanities.
See advisor for appropriate course work selection.
AN185Introduction to Forensic Anthropology3
BU282Cyber Security3
BU283Cyber Forensics3
CJ110Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ210Introduction to Juvenile Justice3
CJ211Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CJ212Introduction to Corrections3
CJ213Introduction to Judicial Functions3
CJ214Principles of Investigation3
CJ215Criminal Law3
CJ220Loss Prevention & Private Security3
CJ222Introduction to Forensic Science3
CJ224Medicolegal Investigation3
CJ225Biohazard Readiness3
CJ230Introduction to Homeland Security3
CJ233Criminal Law & Procedures3
CJ236Rules of Evidence3
CJ240Agency Admin & Management3
CJ241Justice and Community3
CJ242Communications Strategies3
CJ245Critical Incident Management3
CJ262Internship in Criminal Justice3
CJ290Criminal Justice Forum3
PS265Criminal Profiling3
Min. Credit Hours to Graduate: 62