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Criminal Justice

Service. Integrity. Reliability.
The Criminal Justice Program at Allegany College of Maryland provides students with a learning-centered study of the core components of the criminal justice system—law enforcement, corrections, and the court system. Throughout our various program offerings, students are prepared for entry level criminal justice employment or transfer to a four-year school to continue their studies.
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Location: HUMANITIES (H) 17
What will you learn?
  • Law enforcement and corrections
  • Juvenile justice system in America.
  • Criminal and constitutional law.
  • Ethics surrounding the criminal justice system.
  • Procedures and techniques for criminal procedure and criminal investigation.

What will you do?
  • Be prepared for an exciting and rewarding entry-level career in policing or corrections.
  • Employment with juvenile justice, social services, court and other offices.
  • Transfer to a four-year institution to continue your studies in Criminal Justice.

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Program Details

The Criminal Justice Program at Allegany College of Maryland provides students with hands on education relating to the core components of the court system: corrections, law enforcement, and court. Through the support of our local law enforcement, corrections, and legal community, our students have the opportunity to meet and interact with criminal justice professionals on a regular basis.

The Criminal Justice Program provides student with a variety of options for meeting their educational and career goals. Students who are seeking to gain employment in the field of Criminal Justice immediately following graduation are encouraged to take our Career Track Associate’s Degree Program. Students who wish to transfer to a four-year school to complete their Bachelor’s Degree are encouraged to complete our Transfer Track Associate’s Degree Program to fulfill many or all of the General Education requirements of a four-year degree.

The Program also offers a One Year Certificate Program for students wishing to gain a basic knowledge of the field of Criminal Justice and a Letter of Recognition in Corrections which provides foundational knowledge relating to the field of Corrections.

Our curriculum is focused on Criminal Justice in the 21st Century and is designed to provide learning-centered opportunities for our students. Our faculty, with diverse backgrounds including corrections, community corrections, addictions treatment and the law, provide our students with a unique approach to their classes and are able to share their own personal experiences. 

Our recent graduates from the Career Track Program  are employed by the Department of Juvenile Services, Cumberland Police Department, Frostburg Police Department, Maryland State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, and many other agencies. Our Transfer Track students have transferred to a number of four-year schools to complete their studies.

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Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Students will be able to read, analyze, and apply criminal justice texts, laws, and cases.

  • Students will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing as required by criminal justice professionals.

  • Students will recognize common ethics-related situations encountered by criminal justice professionals, and will be prepared to respond appropriately.

  • Students will be prepared to work in the criminal justice field with sensitivity and recognition of cultural and socioeconomic differences.

  • Students will demonstrate mastery of the discipline of criminal justice.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will be able to identify, locate and apply different types of primary sources of law including the U.S. Constitution.
  • Students will create a variety of criminal-justice related written documents using accurate facts, grammar, and syntax.
  • Students will utilize effective oral communications as necessary of entry-level criminal justice professionals. 
  • Students will identify appropriate Codes of Ethics for criminal justice professionals and will recognize appropriate methods of reporting ethics violations.
  • Students will recognize the concept of multiculturalism, and will examine its effects on the criminal justice system. 
  • Students will demonstrate factual knowledge about the core components of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, and corrections by validating their knowledge of criminal law, the principles and techniques of criminal procedure, fundamental principles and procedures of the investigation of crime, and matters of juvenile justice.

Student Achievement

Our recent graduates have obtained employment with Maryland State Police, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Cumberland City Police, Frostburg City Police, as well numerous other agencies.

Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic, lawful field of Criminal Justice.

Brandon James Hoover, J.D. 
Director of Criminal Justice

Humanities 17

B.S., Frostburg State University
J.D., Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University

Scott K. Golub 
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Humanities 21

B.S.A.S, M.S., Youngstown State University; LICDS-CS

Robert E. Bright, Jr. 

Humanities 21

B.S., Marshall University

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