Criminal Justice

Learn, Serve, Protect

Our nation needs qualified and talented people to serve in our criminal justice workforce. These careers are exciting and fast paced. Each working day in the criminal justice environment brings you a new set of challenges to solve. No two days are alike. In this field, you can help make a difference in your community.

Criminal justice careers range from police officers patrolling and protecting our neighborhoods. Detectives investigating violent and or property crimes. Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) processing major crime scenes for critical evidence. Criminalists working in our crime laboratories analyzing that evidence. Federal agents investigating major criminal cases and protecting our nation. Correctional officers working in our nation's jails and prisons.

911 telecommunicators using the latest technology to answer calls for help. They dispatch our police, fire and Emergency Medical Services to their aid. The 911 telecommunicators are usually the first person people telephone in an emergency. They are the voice of calm in stressful emergency situations.

Criminologists that study the who, what, when, where and why of crimes and why people commit crimes.

Whether you want to enter this exciting field, or advance your current career, PSC has the classes that you need. Through an Associates in Applied Science degree, a Technical Certificate, or an Associates in Arts transfer degree that will help lead you to a bacherlor's degree in criminal justice, you can be a part of a growing profession that will help you attain your career goals and at the same time, help make our communities better.

Opportunities For Men And Women

Our society needs trained people to serve in a wide range of criminal justice positions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, these careers are expected to experience moderate to rapid growth in the next decade. What kind of job can you get?

  • Correctional Officers
  • Conservation Officers (fish and game)
  • Crime scene investigators
  • Crime lab analysts
  • Criminologists
  • Immigration and Customs Officers
  • Emergency telecommunicators (911)
  • Homeland security specialists
  • Police Detectives
  • Police Officers
  • Federal Agents ( FBI, DEA, IRS, ATF, Secret Service, Marshals)
  • Military Police Officers or Investigators
  • Parole Agents
  • Probation Officers
  • Private Investigators
  • Private Security Officers
  • Transportation Security
  • Youth Officers
  • Plus, supervisory positions in many of these careers as well

Proficiency Credit Available

PSC offers proficiency credit for many of our criminal justice classes, based upon previous experience and professional training that you already have. Consult the coordinator or an advisor for more information.

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Degrees and Certificates

View the curriculum for these programs in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire PDF of the catalog (1.63 MB). Since the printing of this catalog, there have been some additions and deletions. View the addendum for more information.

Please visit the Career and Transfer Programs Web page, where you will find advising guides with the most recent PSC catalog updates. The advising guides describe the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.

Courses

A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.

Contact

Ken O'Keefe
Coordinator, Criminal Justice Program
(708) 709-3763
kokeefe@prairiestate.edu
Office 2170

Faculty

CSI @ PSC

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