Career Academies

Criminal Justice Academy

The Criminal Justice Academy gives you the chance to explore a career in the criminal justice or police science field while earning college credit before you graduate from high school! You will gain basic knowledge of the criminal justice system, its operations, and purpose.

The criminal justice field will continue to grow from 2008 through 2018 as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Jobs as police officers and detectives are growing about 10% and jobs for probation officers and correctional specialist are growing by 19%.

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Attorney (with advanced education)
  • Corporate security specialist
  • Corrections officer
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Investigator
  • Police officer

Program Costs

  • Your school district pays for your courses and provides the textbooks.
  • You are responsible for transportation costs to the course locations.
  • You are responsible for any supplies, field trips, and activities out of the classroom.

Who can participate?

  • Any 9th-12th grade student who meets the requirements.
  • Students who are able to travel to the course locations.

What can you do after you graduate from high school?

If you complete the Criminal Justice Academy, you will receive up to 24 credits (approximately a $3,400 value) toward your college degree!

You can continue your education at Hawkeye in programs such as:

Where are the courses located?

Courses for the Criminal Justice Academy are held on Hawkeye’s Main Campus and at the Independence Center.

Criminal Justice Academy Courses

General Education course

Semester 1 – Fall

CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits—This course examines the day-to-day operation of criminal justice in our society. Emphasis is on the inter-relationships of the components of law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system.

Lecture Hours: 48

ENG105 Composition I *

3 credits—Composition I emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

Semester 2 – Spring

CRJ120 Introduction to Corrections

3 credits—This course will provide an introductory examination of corrections in the United States. The central theme of the course will be to critically analyze corrections as an integral part of the overall criminal justice system in America.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts * -OR-

3 credits—This is a one semester, liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in MAT063 or equivalent COMPASS score.

MAT156 Statistics *

3 credits—This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT063

Semester 3 – Fall

CRJ200 Criminology

3 credits—This course explores theories of factors that influence criminal behavior, and analyzes criminal behavior in relationship to other social problems.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology * -OR-

3 credits—This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology *

3 credits—This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

Semester 4 – Spring

CRJ201 Juvenile Delinquency

3 credits—This course is an investigation of the social and legal definitions of juvenile delinquency and its causes. It also focuses on the administration of juvenile court, probation and parole, and assessment of present and potential prevention programs.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication *

3 credits—This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis on developing interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48



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