Criminal Justice Program

The Criminal Justice field offers many challenging career opportunities. Law Enforcement, Corrections, Judicial Services, and Forensic Laboratories are in need of qualified and trained personnel. Some of the duties in these career fields include investigations, traffic enforcement, evidence collection, inmate supervision, hunting regulation enforcement, correctional counseling, court services administration, and many more.

One of our programs strengths is the fact that many of our instructors are currently working or have worked in the Criminal Justice field. The ranks of our teaching staff have included a police chief, a chief deputy, a detective, criminal prosecutors, a former trooper, a correctional officer, and many other local Criminal Justice personnel. The Criminal Justice program can be taken as a diploma program when 33 core semester hours are completed or as an Associate of Professional Studies degree when certain core semester hours are completed in accordance with each degree’s requirements.

Specific departmental requirements govern entry into all Criminal Justice careers. In the State of Iowa all certified law enforcement officials must first attend and successfully complete an accredited law enforcement academy. Iowa Central’s Criminal Justice Program will help prepare you for that challenge.

Potential Job Titles

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  • Deputy Sheriff
  • State Trooper
  • FBI Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Homeland Security Specialist
  • DEA Agent
  • Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Correctional Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Attorney
  • Pretrial Services Officer
  • Domestic Counselor
  • Judge/Magistrate
  • Ballistics Specialist
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Polygraph Examiner
  • Fingerprint Specialist
  • Inspector General
  • Secret Service
  • Dispatcher

Course Schedule

Criminal Justice is a two-year Associate in Science Program offered at Iowa Central Community College. Students may enroll at any of the three centers for the general education portion of the program. The Criminal Justice program can be taken as a diploma program when 30 core semester hours are completed, or an Associate in Science Degree program when 63 semester hours are completed.

Criminal Justice (A.A.S. Degree)

Required Criminal Justice Courses

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CRJ-100 Intro to Criminal Justice
CRJ-132 Constitutional Law
CRJ-110 Patrol Procedures
CRJ-133 Constitutional Criminal Procedures
CRJ-141 Criminal Investigation
CRJ-120 Intro to Corrections
CRJ-160 Intro to Forensic Investigation
CRJ-300 Perspectives of Homeland Security
Total Hours: 24.0

Additional Criminal Justice Requirements
(choose 3 of the following 6 courses for a total of 9 credits)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CRJ-152 Defensive Tactics
CRJ-170 Overview of Cybercrime
CRJ-200 Criminology
CRJ-201 Juvenile Delinquency
CRJ-206 Terrorism Response
CRJ-260 Medicolegal Death Investigation

Additional Requirements to Qualify for an A.A.S. Degree

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
SDV-108 The College Experience
XXX-XXX English/Speech Electives
XXX-XXX Math and Science Electives
XXX-XXX Humanities Electives
XXX-XXX Social Science Electives*
Total Hours: 34.0

*The following Social Science courses are highly recommended for students planning to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at a four-year institution: Introduction to Psychology (PSY-111), American National Government (POL-111), Introduction to Sociology (SOC-110) and Minority Group Relations (SOC-200).

**Pending Department of Education Approval

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