College of Applied Science and Technology

Criminal Justice Studies

Criminal Justice Studies fundamentals

Criminal justice professionals are employed in the policing, legal, corrections, and security administration fields.

Students select one of three associate degree options:

  • The Law Enforcement Option prepares students careers in policing with a combination of conceptual and applied courses, including:
    • criminal law
    • criminal investigation
    • forensic science
    • applied ethics
    • police studies
    • crisis intervention
  • The Public Safety and Security Administration Option prepares students for careers in homeland, corporate and industrial security administration. Courses include:
    • Homeland security
    • Computer and information security
    • Physical security
    • Legal aspects of security administration
    • Security investigations
    • Business Continuity
  • The Corrections Option prepares students for careers in community, institutional and juvenile corrections, with an emphasis on addiction studies. Courses include:
    • Legal Aspects of Corrections
    • Community Corrections
    • Juvenile Justice Process
    • Introduction to Addiction
    • Criminal Justice and Addiction
    • Basic Helping Skills

Our Faculty

  • are experienced criminal justice and security administration professionals
  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Hands-on experience

The Criminal Justice Studies program emphasizes moving students from theory to application, so students are given hands-on experience in criminal investigation, physical security and forensic methods in three well-equipped labs.

  • Basic forensic methods students attend class in the crime scene investigation lab.
  • Students interested in digital forensics benefit from an operational high technology crime lab and an educational lab equipped with forensic computer work stations. 
  • Students interested in physical security have access to innovative and interactive learning stations.

Criminal Justice student organizations

Interact with other criminal justice technology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Sociology Club
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security Student Association
  • Pre-Law Club  

Curriculum Guide

Career Opportunities

Degrees and preparation

An Associate Degree in Criminal Justice paves the way to many careers in law enforcement, including:

  • police and sheriff officer
  • state highway patrol officers
  • U.S. marshals and deputy marshals, and customs inspectors
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation agents
  • Law enforcement agents also work as inspectors for:
    • United States’ Border Patrol
    • Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Immigration and Naturalization Services
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Career outlook

Employment opportunities in the field of law enforcement will continue to increase at a rapid rate, driven by a more security-conscious nation.

What can you do with a career in Criminal Justice Studies?

UA’s Career Center

The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • Career Resource Library
  • co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
  • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs, during which you can meet with employers about internship and job opportunities

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