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Criminal Justice (CRJ)

(Wallace and Sparks Campuses)
 

Program Description:

The Criminal Justice program is designed to train law enforcement personnel to maintain law and order, collect evidence and information, and conduct investigations and surveillance. The program will provide law enforcement officers the necessary skills to conduct routine investigations.

  • Forensic Investigation - This two-year degree program is designed to train law enforcement personnel to maintain law and order, collect evidence and information, and conduct investigations and surveillance.  Forensic science and criminalistics are emphasized, and particular emphasis is placed on laboratory practices used to develop investigative evidence, including fingerprint and DNA analysis.
  • Law Enforcement - This two-year degree program is designed to train law enforcement personnel to maintain law and order, collect evidence and information, and conduct investigations and surveillance.
  • Cyber Security/Computer Forensics - This two-year degree program covers an array of abilities required by the quickly evolving cybersecurity computer forensic industry. These skills include applying protection, detection, and response technologies and procedures to identify threats, vulnerabilities, exploits, and controls in various cyber environments. Emphasis is placed on identifying, analyzing, mitigating, and communicating risks to cyber systems using various tools, techniques, and technologies. 

Career Opportunities:

Graduates can go on to careers in such jobs as corrections officer, forensic technician, game warden, police officer, probation officer, or state trooper.

Skills Needed:

The program will provide law enforcement officers the necessary skills to conduct routine investigations.

Expected Earnings/Salary:

Forensic Science Technicians

  • Forensic Investigation - Earnings for CRJ graduates as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2015-2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:
    • Forensic Science Technicians had median annual wages of $60,090.
    • The lowest 10 percent earned $34,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $94,000.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

  • Law Enforcement - Earnings for CRJ graduates as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2015-2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:
    • Police and sheriff's patrol officers had median annual wages of $60,270.
    • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,170, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $100,560.

Private Detectives and Investigators

  • Cyber Security/Computer Forensics - Earnings for CRJ graduates as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2015-2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:
    • Median annual wages of salaried private detectives and investigators were $45,610.
    • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $85,190.
    • Wages of private detectives and investigators vary greatly by employer, specialty, and geographic area.


CATALOG INFORMATION (Course Requirements) (pdf)


Contact Information

Jason Owen
Instructor, Criminal Justice
Criminal Building
Wallace Campus
jowen@wallace.edu
(334) 556-2247
BS, Northern Michigan University;
MS, Troy State University

Myron Williams
Instructor, Criminal Justice
Sparks Campus
mwilliams@wallace.edu
(334) 687-3543, ext. 4224

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