Programs of Study Home | Programs of Study | Criminal Justice Prepare to beAmazedSCC's Criminal Justice program will lay the groundwork for an exciting career.Placement Prepare to beAmazedSCC's Criminal Justice program will lay the groundwork for an exciting career.Placement Faculty SpotlightRita DondlingerEngaging students in lecture, class discussion, group activities, hands-on work and more keys to successMore Prepare to beAmazedSCC's Criminal Justice program will lay the groundwork for an exciting career.Placement Criminal Justice WelcomeSCC’s Criminal Justice program prepares students for a variety of careers in the criminal justice field through classroom theory and hands-on experience.You're a Good Fit for this program because . . . OverviewThe program leads to a versatile, comprehensive degree that can be completed in six to eight quarters. It prepares students for careers as:Corrections officerPolice officerTechnical support within local, state and federal law enforcement programsCriminal intelligence analystForensic technicianTransportation and Security Administration screening officerVictim advocatePrivate investigatorCourt administration technicianProperty and evidence technicianPre-law preparationGaming securityJuvenile SpecialistDrug Court TechnicianCriminal Justice focusIn the Criminal Justice focus, students will receive comprehensive educational experiences through both theory and hands-on. Students work together as they process mock crime scenes to collect and preserve evidence. In other classes, students will utilize critical thinking skills as they study the law and ethical and contemporary issues in criminal justice. Nebraska Law Enforcement focusThe Nebraska Law Enforcement focus is for students who want to go into city, county, state or federal law enforcement. This focus is streamlined to help students get the most out of their education and assist them when they are ready to go into the law enforcement field. Students will learn theory, laws and gain hands-on experience. Students in this focus will complete an internship where they will work alongside professionals in the law enforcement field. Students who want to work in federal law enforcement will need to continue to a 4-yr college after SCC since a 4-yr degree is required at the federal level.Corrections focusThe AAS in criminal justice corrections focus prepares graduates for immediate entry into the corrections work force. It prepares students for a multitude of jobs in correctional facilities ranging from least restrictive settings, such as group homes, to highly restrictive maximum-security prisons. Students will learn about the corrections systems and gain hands-on experience. Students also will complete an internship where they will work alongside professionals in the corrections field.Community-Based Corrections & Juvenile Services focusThis focus is designed for use by students who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree as most of the jobs in the field of juvenile services require a minimum of a B.A. / B.S. Also, probation and parole officers will need a four-year degree. This focus is an exciting start to this career field. Students interested in becoming juvenile detention technicians, mentors, or probation trackers within the criminal justice system should follow the Community-Based Corrections & Juvenile Services career plan. In addition to the criminal justice related classes, required courses place an emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences and delinquent behaviors. This combination provides the student with a strong theoretical foundation for successful personal and social interventions in their chosen profession. Students also will complete an internship where they will work alongside professionals in the community-based corrections & juvenile services field.Homeland Security focusThe Homeland Security focus prepares students for careers in entry-level employment in governmental and private security agencies and provide a pathway to specialized careers. This focus will prepare students for the growing field of safety, security and emergency management. Homeland security jobs are expected to remain in high demand; national security is among the highest priorities of our government and private agencies.Credit toward bachelor's degreeSCC's program also provides advanced placement into a bachelor's degree program. This degree can be used for seeking immediate employment in the criminal justice field. SCC also offers an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees in the Academic Transfer program with an emphasis in criminal justice. Most federal agency forensic crime labs, crime scene investigator and probation officer positions require a bachelor's degree. Each four-year college or university accepts different courses to fulfill their requirements. The student is responsible to check with their receiving institution to know what credits will transfer. Please work closely with an SCC advisor or Criminal Justice advisor when enrolling in courses that transfer.Note: Academic Transfer students may take some Criminal Justice courses as electives that will satisfy their degree requirements.MissionThe mission of the Criminal Justice program is to offer students broad-based, practitioner-oriented instruction designed to provide the necessary skills for becoming an entry-level professional or to continue academic pursuits.Employment OutlookConcern about personal and public safety and crime rates have led to an increased demand for law enforcement professionals. Demand is projected to increase 10-22 percent through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also, the demand for correctional officers is expected to grow 9 percent until 2018. The fastest-growing careers in criminal justice are:Correctional officerCourt reporterCrime scene examinerDetectiveFish and game wardenLawyerParalegalPolice officerPrivate investigatorProbation officer Starting TermsAll Quarters.Criminal Justice-AASCurriculumCRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM CLASSESTake the following;CRIM-1000 Criminal Justice Seminar ICRIM-1010 Intro to Criminal JusticeCRIM-1030 Courts & the Judicial ProcessCRIM-2000 Criminal LawCRIM-2080 Criminal ProceduresCRIM-2030 Police and SocietyCRIM-2100 Juvenile JusticeCRIM-2200 CriminologyCRIM-2240 Ethics in Criminal JusticeCRIM-2265 Criminal Investigation ICRIM-2270 Criminal Investigation IICRIM-2290 Report Writing in Criminal JusticeFOCUS OPTIONSTake CRIM-1020 CRIM-2890 CRIM-2900 and 13.5 credits of Advisor approved electivesCRIM-1020 Introduction to CorrectionsCRIM-2890 Crim Justice Seminar IICRIM-2900 Criminal Justice InternshipCRIM-1280 Forensic Scn & Lab TechniquesCRIM-2190 Law Enforcement Field ServicesCRIM-2700 Contemporary Issues in Criminal JusticeBIOS-1010 General BiologyBSAD-1010 Microsoft Applications IBSAD-1020 Microsoft Applications IIBSAD-1090 Business Law IBSAD-1100 Business Law IIHMRS-1102 Counseling Theory & TechniqueHMRS-1302 Crisis InterventionHMRS-2361 Domestic AbuseHMRS-2362 Child AbuseOFFT-2210 Legal Processes IOFFT-2220 Legal Processes IIPHED-1000 Lifetime FitnessPHED-1060 Fitness Throughout LifePSYC-2960 Lifespan Human DevelopmentPSYC-2980 Abnormal PsychologySIGN-1010 Beginning ASL ISIGN-1020 Beginning ASL IISOCI-1010 Introduction to SociologySPAN-1010 Beginning Spanish ISPAN-1020 Beginning Spanish IITake FSDT-1350 PHED-1000 PHED-1060 4.5 Advisor approved electives and Crim-2903FSDT-1350 Basic NutritionPHED-1000 Lifetime FitnessPHED-1060 Fitness Throughout LifeCRIM-1280 Forensic Scn & Lab TechniquesCRIM-2190 Law Enforcement Field ServicesCRIM-2700 Contemporary Issues in Criminal JusticeHMRS-2361 Domestic AbuseHMRS-2362 Child AbusePHED-1000 Lifetime FitnessPHED-1060 Fitness Throughout LifeSPAN-1010 Beginning Spanish IBSAD-1010 Microsoft Applications IBSAD-1020 Microsoft Applications IISOCI-1010 Introduction to SociologyPSYC-2960 Lifespan Human DevelopmentPSYC-2980 Abnormal PsychologyBIOS-1010 General BiologyBSAD-1090 Business Law IBSAD-1100 Business Law IIHMRS-1102 Counseling Theory & TechniqueHMRS-1302 Crisis InterventionOFFT-2210 Legal Processes IOFFT-2220 Legal Processes IISIGN-1010 Beginning ASL ISIGN-1020 Beginning ASL IISPAN-1020 Beginning Spanish IICRIM-2903 Law Enforcement InternshipGENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSTake SPCH-1090 SPCH-1090 Fund of Human CommunicationsTake ENGL-1010 or ENGL-1015 & ENGL-2560ENGL-1010 Composition IENGL-1015 Composition & LiteratureENGL-2560 Technical WritingTake MATH-1050 or higherMATH-1050 Thinking MathematicallyMATH-1080 Algebra & TrigonometryMATH-1100 Intermediate AlgebraMATH-1150 College AlgebraMATH-1180 Elementary StatisticsMATH-1200 TrigonometryMATH-1300 PrecalculusMATH-1400 Applied CalculusMATH-1600 Calc & Analytic Geometry IMATH-2030 Contemporary MathematicsTake SOCI-1020 or SOCI-2150 and PSYC-1810SOCI-1020 Diversity in SocietySOCI-2150 Issues of Unity and DiversityPSYC-1810 Introduction to PsychologyRequirementsProgram Requirements & Student Responsibilities Complete and submit an Application for Admission form and return it to the Lincoln or Beatrice campuses.All applicants are responsible for taking the COMPASS test. SAT scores may be accepted. The SCC Campus Assessment Office may be of assistance, 402-437-2715 or 800-642-4075, ext. 2715.For questions regarding admissions, please call the Lincoln Campus Admissions Office, 402-437-2600 or 800-642-4075, ext. 2600, or the Beatrice Campus Admissions Office, 402-228-8214 or 800-233-5027 ext. 1214.The Criminal Justice Office is located in the Education Square Building at 1111 O St. in downtown Lincoln, (402) 323-3459 or 800-642-4075, ext. 3459, or call the Beatrice Campus at 800-233-5027 ext. 1214. Criminal Justice Degree:CRIM 2900 Criminal Justice Internship is required for this degree in the Nebraska Law Enforcement, Corrections and Community-Based Corrections & Juvenile Services focuses. It is based upon 180 contact hours within the criminal justice field. Students are required to complete this class for graduation. Most students will be with criminal justice professionals on average of 18 hours per week during one quarter.Criminal Background CheckA criminal background check will be required of each student in this program. Based on the outcome of the background check, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed for this CBC. CostsIt appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. You can download the PDF file here.