Programs & Courses

Criminal Justice Pathways
The Criminal Justice pathway offers students the chance to specialize in criminal justice, law enforcement, legal studies and paralegal studies. Criminal Justice focuses on the skills and administration behind criminal justice work. The Law Enforcement program enhances police academy graduates understanding and knowledge of their field. The Political Science/Legal Studies pathway provides students with knowledge of government and the legal system and prepares them to transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Strategies

Criminal Justice Strategies

  • Obtain experience by volunteering at a corrections facility or victims' program, such as a rape crisis center.
  • Talk to professionals in relevant criminal justice professions; conduct informational interviews.
  • Research multiple areas of criminal justice, including fraud, cyber security etc.
  • Volunteer for non-profit organizations that serve a wide range of people.
  • Study a second language for increased marketability.
  • Become a student member of professional associations.

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Social Sciences Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge or special leadership events and workshops on campus.
  • Attend the Career Development Center's workshops on resume, social media and branding.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in an environment related to your program of study.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.  Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Conduct informational interviews and job shadow with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.
  • Cultivate multicultural exposure by participating in campus diversity events.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, Fairhaven, etc.).
  • Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g. Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking SPCH-201, etc.).
  • Become a team leader for New Student Orientation.
  • Look into joining the Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society.