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Students who major in criminal justice will explore all aspects of crime, the law and the justice system. As a criminal justice major, you’ll deepen your understanding of police departments and other law enforcement agencies. Most CJ majors become interdisciplinary majors, meaning you should also be prepared to take courses in psychology, sociology and public administration.


Criminal justice majors at Mid-Plains Community College have numerous options. One career path might only require a successfully completed associate degree while others might require a transfer of their associate degree and successfully completed course credits into a bachelors degree offered at a four-year college or university. 

Almost all students majoring in this field are required to take an introductory course in criminal justice. This is typically a large lecture class covering a little bit of every subject taught in undergrad programs in the field. These topics include the causes of crime, policing styles, courts, and probation and parole.

A criminal justice major is typically interested in all aspects of the law, such as the psychology behind criminal behavior and the way law enforcement agencies operate. If you want to serve society and you have good people skills,  this may be the major for you. The careers associated with those who have criminal justice degrees include counselor, probation officer, or one of the varied departments utilizing law enforcement officers

If you wish to help make our communities safer, wish to combat the threat of terrorism, work with those who are incarcerated or who are being rehabilitated, then you might consider a career in criminal justice. 

Career in Criminal Justice

  • State and Local Law Enforcement
  • Transit and Railroad Police
  • Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriff
  • Bailiff
  • Correctional Officer
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigator
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • FBI
  • DEA
  • Secret Service
  • US Air Marshal
  • US Border Patrol
  • Private Investigator
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Security Guard
  • Surveillance Officer

About the Emphasis

Students taking a criminal justice concentration at MPCC may pursue either an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of General Studies degree. Students planning on pursuing a Bachelors degree or higher in Criminal Justice should enroll in either the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree program. If the student plans on pursuing work in the Criminal Justice field after completion of the Associates degree, the Associate of General Studies degree would be a viable option. The Criminal Justice program at MPCC is primarily theory oriented, with the overall objective being an overview of the entire Criminal Justice field including a survey course in Criminal Justice, Police & Society, Criminology, Juvenile Justice, Introduction to Corrections, Social Issues in Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, and Rules of Evidence.