Programs: Foundations of Criminal Justice (221-400-45)
Award: Career Studies Certificates 

Program Purpose:

This program is designed as a stackable credential that introduces students to the field and all courses successfully completed in this program can be applied to the Administration of Justice degree program.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Identify the three major components of the US Criminal Justice System and its function.
  • Identify theories and policies related to the causes of crime and punishment.
  • Describe the three sources of law and give examples of each.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this career studies certificate in two semesters. 

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for various careers such as:  police officer, deputy sheriff, homeland security, corrections officer, industrial/private security, wildlife officer, probation officer, and parole officer.  Additional professional training is required for some of these careers.   

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the first quarter of 2020, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for:

  • Police and sheriff’s patrol officers was 3,335.Over the last three years, this field added 25 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officer, August 2020).
  • Correctional officers was 1,779.Over the last three years, this field shed 14 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Correctional Officers and Jailers, August 2020).
  • Probation Officers was 372.Over the last three years, this field added 5 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist, August 2020).
  • Security guards was 6,108.Over the last three years, this field added 850 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Security Guard, August 2020).
  • Transportation Security Screeners was 434.Over the last three years, this field added 30 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Transportation Security Screeners, August 2020).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2019 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.

 

Entry Level

Mean

Experienced

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 

$42,900

$55,000

$61,000

Correctional Officers and Jailers

$34,500

$44,000

$48,800

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist

$37,700

$46,100

$50,300

Security Guard

$20,900

$33,100

$39,200

Transportation Security Screeners

$31,300

$38,700

$42,400

(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, August 2020)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.