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

The Criminal Justice program provides students with a contemporary curriculum. The program is responsive to our ever-changing society, which demands highly-educated and well-qualified candidates to meet the increasing standards of a variety of peace officer agencies.

Opportunities are plentiful in the criminal justice system in sheriffs' departments, municipal police departments, the state highway patrol, corrections agencies and other public and private agencies.

Law Enforcement Concentration

The law enforcement field is thriving. Advances in technology and an emphasis on homeland security have fueled a demand for a new breed of law enforcement professionals equipped to meet the changes in national security. Several rewarding law enforcement careers that are in demand in today's security-conscious society include FBI agent, homeland security, police officer, deputy sheriff, armed security, probation officers, court officers, U.S. Marshal, customs agent, Secret Service agent, and game warden. 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an associate degree in Criminal Justice, a graduate will be able to:

  • Display an understanding of basic computer technology including hardware and software solutions as related to law enforcement.
  • Implement effective communication techniques with citizens, families and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate behaviors that reflect respect for and sensitivity to individual differences while working with citizens, families and co-workers.
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to make appropriate law enforcement decisions.
  • Display professional behaviors within the ethical/legal framework of law enforcement.


Anyone considering a law enforcement 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 are 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 preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Download the curriculum sheet for this major.

Course Title Credits
CRJ 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 1116 Systems Approach to Computer Technology * 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRJ 1120 Juvenile Procedures 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
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
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
CRJ 2235 Social Justice 3
CRJ 2240 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 2260 Constitutional Law 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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