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Online Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
4-7 months, self-paced

Criminal Justice Program Estimated Time of Completion

Program Goal:
To prepare students for entry-level criminal justice positions at correctional facilities and private security establishments.

Program Outcomes

In this online criminal justice program, you'll start by learning about career opportunities in the industry and then develop a foundation in the psychology of crime and victimization. You'll discover the elements of investigations, crime scenes, and criminal law that show you how a Criminal Justice Specialist fits into each piece of the law enforcement picture.

Jill Bear Instructor

Criminal Justice Instructor/Course Expert

Christopher Pimental, B.A.

At U.S. Career Institute, our dedicated team of course experts, instructors and instructor assistants are committed to developing and delivering high-quality curriculum. Our qualified Criminal Justice Program instructor Christopher Pimental, not only possesses extensive qualifications but has also actively worked in the field. This firsthand experience allows her to provide invaluable support to ensure the success of our aspiring Criminal Justice students.

The coursework trains students to:

  • Apply theoretical instruction and practical skills that enable them to obtain entry-level criminal justice positions at correctional facilities and private security establishments.
  • Think like a criminologist, investigate crime scenes, and provide the victims of crime with support services.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of policing and the psychology, biology, and sociology of crime.
  • Distinguish between the particular needs of and treatments for adult and juvenile offenders.
  • Create informed opinions of how to balance our growing security needs with personal needs for privacy.
  • Effectively apply all they’ve learned to entry-level positions as private security officers and correctional workers.
Online Criminal Justice school training outcomes


Instruction Pack I: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Instruction Pack I introduces students to the career options in the criminal justice field. Students examine how social influence affects criminal behavior, as well as investigate mental disorders, distinguish between the theoretical views of personality development, and learn how to think like a criminologist. Students discover how the current criminal justice system treats and punishes criminal behavior and how laws are created, reviewed, and enforced. Students study the organization, management, and strategies of police work. In addition, they explore the history and trends of private security forces.

Instruction Pack II: Anatomy of a Crime

Instruction Pack II tackles crime scene investigation and preservation, evidence collection and forensics. Students dissect the complexities of crime scenes and the safety hazards of up-close investigations. They analyze the particulars of interviews, interrogations, and investigations. And they examine the guidelines for search and seizure, as well as criminal justice technological innovations and safety precautions. In addition, students assess victimization and the mental and emotional difficulties that crime victims experience. Students then discover technical writing as it applies to law enforcement—field notes, witness testimony, search warrants and incident reports. Finally, students are provided with an in-depth view of America’s courts.

Instruction Pack III: Trial and Sentencing

Instruction Pack III orients students to the criminal trial process. Next, students study the sentencing of criminals from the problems associated with sentencing to the controversy surrounding the death penalty. They explore daily life in correctional establishments and learn to differentiate among parole, probation, and pardon. They study the purpose, conditions and goals of the parole program and illustrate the various ways in which parole affects inmates, their families, and their communities. Finally, students assess the needs of and treatments for adult versus juvenile offenders.

Instruction Pack IV: Impact of Environment and Genetics on Crime

Instruction Pack IV continues with the inner workings of the juvenile court system. Students assess the roles of detention and probation in the juvenile court system and learn to differentiate between the legal treatments of status offenders and juvenile delinquents. Students also discover the impact of bias, discrimination, and prejudice in the realm of law enforcement. They examine the influence of environment and genetics upon criminal behavior and investigate the use of racial profiling and deadly force. Additionally, students differentiate among the various degrees of murder and study larceny, robbery, and burglary. Finally, students look into the future trends of crime, which include cyber and identity theft, credit card fraud and embezzlement.

Instruction Pack V: Emergency and Disaster Management

Instruction Pack V teaches students the basics of emergency and disaster management—strategies for dealing with natural disasters, emergencies and acts of terrorism. Students investigate the challenges of aviation and maritime security, examine the threat of terrorism, and create informed opinions of how best to balance security needs with personal needs for privacy. They are introduced to future trends in technology, corrections, and crime prevention. Finally, students complete a real-world practicum that lets them apply everything that they have learned in the course.

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