Criminal Justice

Did you know a degree in criminal justice can lead to careers in law enforcement, security, cybercrime, corrections or social work? Criminal justice provides you the opportunity to give back to your community. Professionals in the field enjoy a good challenge, helping others and variety in their work. The Academy will have pathways to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and transfer options. 


Criminal Justice Academy


During High School

Term 1 — Junior Year of High School, 3 credits

  • SOC:110 Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits

Term 2 — Senior Year of High School, 6 credits

  • CRJ:100 Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 credits
  • CRJ:101 Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 credits

Term 3 — Senior Year of High School, 7 credits

  • CRJ:120 Introduction to Corrections, 3 credits
  • CRJ:201/SOC:230 Juvenile Delinquency, 3 credits
  • WBL:109 Exploring Careers, Government and Criminal Justice, 1 credit

Award: Criminal Justice Certificate

Once you complete your Career Academy, you can continue on with EICC! In addition to the certificate, students can go on to earn the college’s Criminal Justice Diploma and/or Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science Degree.

  • Criminal Justice, Diploma
    The diploma award provides a foundational education that expands skills in criminal justice, the dynamics of crime and society, government, the social sciences and liberal arts/humanities.

  • Criminal Justice, AAS
    The degree prepares students intellectually, and physically, for law enforcement academies and employment in the field of criminal justice.

Students interested in a four-year bachelor’s degree can also pursue the Criminal Justice Transfer Major with any of our eight partner universities.

Careers in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice is law enforcement, courts and corrections, controlling and preventing crime, helping people and communities and analyzing criminal behavior and delivering rehabilitation services. 

Criminal Justice careers provide a variety of career options, great salary and benefits, career advancement and excitement and challenge.

  • Police Officer
    Work to enforce laws on a local, state, or federal level, while protecting the lives of citizens.

  • Correctional Officer
    Supervise those being legally held in jails, prisons, and holding cells with an overall duty to maintain order.

  • Private Investigator
    Aid in cases on the local, state, and federal level, acting as a crucial member in investigating legal, financial, and criminal cases, as well as locating missing persons.

  • Crime Prevention Specialist
    Work closely with communities to help them determine strategies and ways to prevent crime in that given area.

  • Crime Scene Investigator
    Work at crime scenes and analyze every aspect of it, finding and collecting evidence such as DNA and fingerprints.

  • Homicide Detective
    Identify murder suspects by collecting and examining evidence and clues left behind at crime scenes.

  • Probation Officer
    Supervise convicted criminals who are sentenced to probation rather than prison.

  • Parole Officer
    Look after criminals who get released from prison to ensure they stay out of trouble and do not end up back in prison.

  • Narcotics Officer
    Prevent the selling, distribution, and use of illegal drugs.

  • Youth Correctional Counselor
    Work closely with juvenile law offenders in correctional facilities to help them transition into productive citizens.

  • Customs Inspector
    Collaborate with Homeland Security to make sure no people or items that cross the border pose any threat to the United States.

  • Fingerprint Technician
    Help to determine suspects based on findings of evidence. Some responsibilities include; collecting, examining and analyzing fingerprints left behind at crime scenes.