The field of criminal justice focuses on the organization and the actions of legislative bodies, law enforcement agencies, criminal courts and correctional agencies. Criminal justice courses provide a critical evaluation of how the administration of justice actually operates in American society.


Career opportunities in criminal justice generally can be categorized into five major fields: law enforcement, the courts, corrections, forensic science, and private security.

In these career fields, criminal justice professionals function to prevent and control crime, shield the public from harm, provide detention and rehabilitation services.

Job opportunities exist at the federal, state, and local levels of governmental jurisdiction. The private sector has also demonstrated an increasing need to employ criminal justice professionals within its organizations and agencies.


  Criminal Justice Associate in Arts Degree


 Career Fields

  Law enforcement

  Court system

  Correctional agencies

  Forensic science

  Private security


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