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This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek and Springfield - Downtown locations.

The Criminal Justice program is comprised of a curriculum that is current and relevant to the needs of criminal justice professionals.  Society demands highly educated and well qualified candidates that meet and exceed the standards of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

 Criminal Justice is a multi-million dollar industry.  Individuals violate laws and require legal interventions and sanctions regardless of the economic conditions.  Courses are taught by individuals who have been or currently are practitioners, providing students with instruction from faculty that can combine classroom with real work experiences.

Corrections Concentration  

The Corrections Concentration offers the student a broad overview of the correctional system. The program prepares students for immediate employment in federal, state and local correctional facilities. Graduates may expect to qualify for entry-level positions as corrections officers, parole officers, and probation officers, as well as investigators and youth counselors.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an associate degree in criminal justice, a graduate will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Employ professional behaviors reflective of the criminal justice professions
  • Demonstrate techniques and technology specific to criminal justice
  • Formulate effective communication techniques
  • Display behaviors that reflect respect for and sensitivity to individual differences while working with citizens, families, and coworkers
  • Identify community support systems that can be utilized by the criminal justice community


Anyone considering a criminal justice career should recognize that employment involves meeting physical requirements, which vary greatly among different agencies.

A conviction of any of the crimes below is a disqualifier for this program:

  • Any felony
  • Domestic violence or reduced charge stemming from a domestic violence incident
  • Any person currently registered as a sex offender, child-victim offender, or arson offender
  • Misdemeanor convictions of violence, theft or fraud crimes

Other criminal or serious traffic convictions may prevent graduates from obtaining employment in some positions/facilities. Any questions should be directed to the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator.

Curriculum Plan

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking developmental courses, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Course Title Credits
CRJ 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 1115 Victimology 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
COR 1100 Introduction to Corrections 3
COR 1105 Probation and Parole 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication Ior  
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
SWK 1105 Chemical Dependency I: Pharmacology and Physiology of Psychoactive Substances 3
CRJ 2216 Community Relations 3
COR 1130 Adult/Juvenile Corrections 3
CRJ 2250 Community Resources 3
SOC 2220 Comparing Cultures 3
CRJ 1120 Juvenile Procedures 3
CRJ 2235 Social Justice 3
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
COR 2250 Correctional Case Management 3
COR 2285 Corrections Practicum 3
-- Arts/Humanities Elective** 3
  Total Credit Hours 61

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.

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