School Info: The criminal justice field is constantly changing technology and practices, making employees in the field in high demand. Criminal justice degrees are beneficial to people interested in the systems and practices of keeping communities and our society a safe and manageable place. Colorado Technical University offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in criminal justice with the successful completion of 90 credit hours. The degree plan is composed of general education requirements, which account for 48 credit hours, including courses in english, mathematics, science, sociology, government, and literature. The core requirements of the program, which account for 42 credit hours, includes courses in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, juvenile delinquency, ethics, and security management. The tuition rate for this program, which should take students about 2 years to complete, is $265 per credit hour and financial aid assistance is available to students that qualify.
Career Info: Students who complete this program and earn an associate in criminal justice degree can identify and explain the fundamental concepts and principles of the criminal justice system, as well as human behavior and the role it has in criminal justice systems, and have knowledge of diversity and ethics and the role they have in society. Many graduates of this program go on to work as correctional officers or jailers, and police or sheriff officers, which according to Payscale, correctional officers and jailers earn a median annual salary of $31,162 and police and sheriff officers earn a median annual income of $40,875. Graduates with this degree also commonly find jobs as police, fire, or ambulance dispatchers, which earn an annual salary range of $27,019- $42,850. Employers looking to hire well trained and skilled employees, that are familiar and knowledgeable with the most current trends in the field, makes the degree in the field highly beneficial.