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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.

Law Enforcement Concentration

Job opportunities are plentiful in criminal justice.  Advances in echnology and the emphasis on homeland security have fueled a demand for law enforcement professionals to be knowledgeable regarding not only law enforcement protocols but relating to the communities in which they serve.  Individuals interested in pursuing law enforcement certification upon completion of the Clark State Community College Police Academy may defer eight (8) courses in the criminal justice that are addressed through academy instruction.  Once the academy coursework is completed successfully, full credit will then be applied to the student’s transcript which will allow the student to begin a law enforcement path sooner.

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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 to Criminal Justice related decisions
  • 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 disqualifies individuals from the 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
CRJ 1120 Juvenile Procedures 3
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
CRJ 1123 Patrol Operations 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
CSE 1110 Introduction to CyberSecurity 3
CRJ 2201 Police Administration 3
CRJ 2216 Community Relations 3
CRJ 2225 Forensic Science 4
CRJ 2228 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ 2250 Community Resources 3
CRJ 2235 Social Justice 3
CRJ 2240 Criminal Law 3
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
CRJ 2280 Practicum 3
-- Arts/Humanities Elective** 3
  Total Credit Hours 65

*ITS 1105 (including proficiency credit) may be substituted for CRJ 1116.

**Courses that can be completed to meet the Arts/Humanities elective requirement are listed in the front of the catalog.

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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