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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Wor-Wic’s criminal justice programs are designed to provide students with the basic skills needed for entry-level positions in either corrections, forensic science or law enforcement, as well as an opportunity for practitioners to further their education. Associate degree and certificate programs are offered.

The associate degree programs are also designed for students who want to transfer to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Wilmington University, the University of Baltimore, Troy University, the University of Maryland University College or another four-year college or university and work toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or forensic science. To ensure maximum transferability, students should familiarize themselves with the program requirements of the institution to which they plan to transfer.

Wor-Wic’s criminal justice department also operates the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (ESCJA), which is certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions to conduct mandatory training for law enforcement and correctional officers. Individuals interested in entering the ESCJA or working in a criminal justice agency are subject to a thorough background investigation, and they must meet minimum physical and mental requirements. Students who are admitted into the ESCJA’s entrance-level training program for law enforcement officers are also enrolled in the law enforcement technology certificate program. Students who are admitted into the ESCJA’s entrance-level training program for jail and correctional officers also earn college credit.

Intended Learning Goals

Graduates of the corrections programs should be able to:
  1. Manage and administer the proper care, supervision and rehabilitation of diverse offender populations within a variety of correctional settings, including probation and parole;
  2. Evaluate and apply legal procedures for the security, custody and control of diverse offender populations in a variety of correctional settings, including probation and parole;
  3. Employ written and verbal communication skills in the corrections environment through the induction, documentation, supervision and counseling processes with offender populations and working with coworkers; and
  4. Critically analyze the theories and principles of criminology and criminal investigation for adults, juveniles and diverse populations and apply them to current practice.
Graduates of the forensic science programs should be able to:
  1. Identify and apply legally-accepted scientific and field-based techniques for identifying, collecting and processing crime scene data;
  2. Critically analyze the theories and procedures of criminal investigation and relate them to practice; and
  3. Describe the relevance of criminal law and the criminal court process to forensic investigations.
Graduates of the law enforcement programs should be able to:
  1. Differentiate the institutions, laws and theories that comprise the U.S. legal system;
  2. Apply investigative principles and techniques used in the field of criminal investigation;
  3. Explain the nature and causes of crime and victimization;
  4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills that are used with a range of client populations, colleagues and members of the community;
  5. Explain the importance of practicing safe and ethical behavior while managing police operations, investigations and public safety; and
  6. Demonstrate competence with objectives of the Maryland Police Training Commission (ESCJA graduates).

Program Outlines

Gainful Employment Disclosures

43.0107 Criminal Justice/Police Science

In compliance with federal gainful employment disclosure requirements, Wor-Wic provides prospective students with program costs, potential occupations and other information related to certificate programs.

Criminal Justice Certificates

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