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Criminal Justice


Career opportunities in Criminal Justice generally can be categorized into five major fields: law enforcement, courts, corrections, forensic science and private security. In these areas, a multitude of challenging occupations provides for a wide range of personal and career satisfaction. Criminal justice professionals perform a valuable and essential service for society.

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They function to prevent and control crime, shield the public from harm, provide detention and rehabilitation services and ensure equal justice for all citizens through the judicial system.

Jobs in the criminal justice system constitute one of the largest career groups in public service, and opportunities exist on all levels of governmental jurisdiction: federal, state and local. The private sector also has shown an increasing need for criminal justice professionals. Several educational options in Criminal Justice are available to you at Rend Lake College. The Associate in Arts Degree is designed to allow you to transfer to a four-year university to continue your studies, while the Associate in Applied Science Degree prepares you to graduate and start your career. The newest addition to our program is the Cyber Forensics Specialist occupational certificate, built to train you in combating cybercrime. Certificates in Corrections, Police Science and Private Protection also are available.

Degrees & Certificates in Criminal Justice

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

CRIMINAL JUSTICE — Associate in Arts Degree

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate in Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in various areas of criminal justice. It provides students with the background in criminal justice and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year college or university. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor at Rend Lake College for any additional requirements.

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► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • BIO 1101 College Biology (5)
  • CRJS 1202 Criminology (3)
  • Elective – Art / Music (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • MATH 1105 Basic Concepts of Statistics (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE — Associate in Applied Science Degree

This two-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice (64 hours), with specializations in either police science or corrections. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a general background in all areas of criminal justice and prepare them for positions in police science, private security or corrections. Graduates will be prepared for jobs in police and sheriff departments, private security firms and correctional institutions. The curriculum provides those in the field with a means to upgrade job skills and enhance advancement potential.

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► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

CRJS Elective – Criminal Justice (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CRJS 2204 Criminal Justice Administration (3)
  • CRJS 2205 Police Weapons / Defensive Tactics (3)
  • CRJS Elective – Criminal Justice (3)
  • POLI 1101 State & Local Government (3)
  • PYED Elective – Physical Education (1)
  • SOCI 1101 Intro to Sociology (3)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CRJS 2202 Juvenile Justice (3)
  • CRJS 2225 Crime Scene Investigation (4)
  • CRJS Elective – Criminal Justice (3)
  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Mathematics (3)
  • Elective (3)

* Any CRJS course not required which is offered may be taken as an elective. Consult advisor for elective choices to consider for transfer and other options.

1 Student must pass pre-test prior to enrolling in course.

2 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE — Occupational Certificates

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

CORRECTIONS - Certificate

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► Total = 12 Hours

First Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

POLICE SCIENCE - Certificate

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► Total = 12 Hours

First Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

PRIVATE PROTECTION - Certificate

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► Total = 12 Hours

First Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

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Articulation Agreements 


Articulation agreements document a pathway between two or more colleges or uniersities and their academic programs.

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Central Methodist University
Criminal Justice

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Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Criminology & Criminal Justice

 

Faculty & Staff


Dean of Applied Science
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
 
Administrative Assistant/Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 138
2016 RLCF OUTSTANDING STAFF AWARD | B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Criminal Justice Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1239
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 143
A.A.S., Lake Land College | B.S., Greenville College | FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va. | Police Training Institute, University of Illinois


Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science

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