What jobs require the criminal justice
Some local police agencies (and the Chicago Police Department) require a
two-year college degree or 62 credit hours. There are no current degree
requirements for court services or correctional officers in Cook County or
Illinois. However, the pursuit of college courses does demonstrate a
professional commitment to the field.
For job and internship listings and job search
assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in Building S, Room S202 at (708) 974-5737.
At what age may I apply for entry-level
criminal justice positions?
Most law enforcement, courts and corrections positions require applicants to be
21 years of age. You may, however, apply for a youth supervisor position within
the Illinois Department of Corrections at the age of 18.
Can I obtain college credit for my job
experience in the criminal justice field?
Yes, Moraine Valley Community College offers a mechanism that allows students to
earn college credit for what they already know from prior learning or work
experience. It is called Achieved Prior Learning (APL). For more information on
APL, contact the Academic Outreach office at (708) 974-5710.
Can I receive an A.A. degree with the
A.A.S. degree in criminal justice?
Please see pages college catalog for the criminal justice transfer degree and
associate of applied sciences degree information. Students should meet with an
academic adviser in order to meet the requirements for both degrees.
Can I transfer criminal justice courses
from Moraine Valley to four-year schools?
At least five of the criminal justice courses transfer to colleges and
universities. The Illinois Articulation Initiative (www.itransfer.org)
guarantees that the following Moraine Valley courses count toward a degree at
the new school.
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Corrections
Juvenile Delinquency and Procedures
Substantive Criminal Law
To assist in the transfer process, the Academic
Advising (office S201, email@example.com
708-974-5721) has prepared a suggested full-time schedule for
criminal justice students. This information is available on the college
site at the Career
Program web site. It is a good idea for new students to take CRJ-101-Introduction to Criminal
Justice with some of the required general education courses during their first
semester at Moraine Valley.
Can I transfer course credit into the
Criminal justice coursework from other community colleges or four-year schools
may be transferred into the program. The staff of Admissions (Room S103) facilitates this process. Currently enrolled students
should make an appointment with an Academic Advisor for advice on articulation
of credits. Students who have not yet enrolled will have their courses
reviewed after they have matriculated to the college.
Is there a math requirement for the
criminal justice degree program?
Students who pursue the A.A.S. degree are required to have a minimum
level of competency in mathematics for all A.A.S degrees. This minimum
competency may be demonstrated in one of two ways:
- Placement in MTY-098 or higher; or
- Successful completion of BUS120, or MTH095
or higher, or the equivalent course at another college, with a grade of "C"
or higher. Students who pursue the AA degree (liberal arts transfer) are
required to take MTH-120 or higher (see
Does the program include an internship
An optional elective part of Moraine Valley's criminal justice program is the internship
component, which allows you to gain valuable experience through a firsthand view
of the system. You will work 200 hours during the semester at approved sites, as
well as meet in a weekly seminar to discuss your experiences and research issues
in the field. To qualify for an internship, you must complete:
- CRJ-101 (Introduction to Criminal Justice- 3
credits) and six additional criminal justice course credits
- Possess a GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Submit an application to B150 Career Programs
- Seek the internship coordinator's consent.
By participating in an internship, you will
make strong professional contacts and form concrete career goals.