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The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the processes of the entire American criminal justice system by combining elements of criminal justice, criminology, sociology, victimology, psychology, courts, corrections, law, homeland security, and forensics. Job opportunities for students include local, state, and federal enforcement officers, police officers, private or government investigators, adult/juvenile correction officers, probation/parole officers and counselors, security directors (managers), loss prevention directors, classification managers, and personnel clearance administrators.

Program Details

The program examines real-world issues that may be complex and controversial while addressing local, state, national, and global concerns. The students entering the program will develop critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, students will analyze the operations and administration of criminal justice institutions in the context of public discourse, apply theories related to the policies and practices of the criminal justice systems, understand the mechanisms, dynamics, and situational context of crime and criminal behavior, and methods of prevention and treatment.

Transfer Opportunities

Since four-year colleges can vary in their course and GPA requirements, please consult a counselor or academic advisor regarding specific requirements and course selection.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Career Prospects

The degrees and certificates are designed for students who plan to either transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree, extend their knowledge of the criminal justice system, and/or develop critical thinking skills needed to enter the workforce as a criminal justice professional. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad foundation that will prepare students to enter any of the varied fields in criminal justice or to prepare for professional advancement. Job opportunities for students include local, state, and federal enforcement officers, police officers, private or government investigators, adult/juvenile correction officers, probation/parole officers and counselors, security managers, loss prevention managers, and personnel clearance administrators.

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