Duane Stonich
Department Chair, Health and Public
Office: U-1002N
Email: dstonich@jjc.edu

Courtney DeBoer
Secretary, Health and Public Services
Phone: (815) 280-2356
Office: U-1002J
Email: cdeboer@jjc.edu

Criminal Justice Studies

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The primary objective of the Criminal Justice Studies program is to provide the student with a broad knowledge base in general education and criminal justice designed to develop individual competency and analytical thought processes, as well as to facilitate the development of applied abilities and skills within the field. Program graduates will, based on degree or certificate option selections, have excellent academic credentials for a number of diversified entry-level positions in addition to transfer acceptability to a number of senior colleges and universities.

Career Opportunities

Many people have a limited perception of the various careers available within the criminal justice field. Frequently, criminal justice careers are only associated with uniformed law enforcement-type work. While uniformed law enforcement officers may be the most visible professionals in criminal justice, many other professional opportunities exist outside of police-related work. Career opportunities (outside of law enforcement) in criminal justice generally can be categorized into four major fields: courts and law, corrections and human services, forensic science, and private security. In these areas, a multitude of challenging occupations provide for an enormous range of personal and career satisfaction. (Students interested in law enforcement or police related careers are encouraged to pursue the college's Law Enforcement Program.)

Employment prospects for criminal justice appear favorable because of the unfortunate fact that crime exists and continues to be one of our major social problems, necessitating an increased concern for services that ensure the safety of our society. Additionally, the criminal justice field will continue to be affected by new advances in technology, adding increased job opportunities for trained personnel who can apply their technical skills and knowledge to crime prevention and detection. Qualified women and minorities, previously under-represented in this field, can expect to be actively recruited.