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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: TECHNOLOGY (T) 204
What will you learn?
  • The workings of the core components of the criminal justice system—policing, corrections, and courts. 
  • The challenges criminal justice professionals encounter and ethical ways to resolve these challenges. 
  • Many of the skills necessary to work in criminal justice.
What will you do?
  • Network with other criminal justice professionals.
  • Gain a diverse education in the area of criminal justice. 
  • Use the tools of the criminal justice profession—such as restraints, biometric analysis tools, and other tools.
  • Experience what it is like to work in the field of criminal justice.

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Program Details

The Criminal Justice Program at Allegany College of Maryland provides students with numerous educational program and opportunities tailored to their particular learning/career goals.

Regardless of which track best suits your future goals, students in the Criminal Justice Program have the opportunity to:

  • Experience hands-on learning in the Criminal Justice Lab. This lab includes fingerprinting technology; microscopes; a crime scene set up; and other hands-on learning tools. 
  • Utilize tools of the Criminal Justice profession. In certain courses, students will have the option to train on the use of restraints including handcuffs, leg irons, and other restraints, as well as an opportunity to simulate inmate transport using our ACM mock cell. 
  • Experience testifying and participating in a Courtroom. ACM has a newly furnished Courtroom which will allow students the opportunity to practice testifying and gain courtroom skills.
  • Meet and interact with criminal justice professionals. Throughout our classes, students have numerous opportunities to meet police officers, correctional officers and other criminal justice professionals through class visits, class field trips to state and federal prisons, ride-along opportunities, and the annual Law Day celebration.
  • Work with faculty with vast and diverse criminal justice experience. 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.

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Program Mission
The Criminal Justice Program at Allegany College of Maryland will empower students to positively impact the criminal justice field at the local, state, and national levels by providing an enduring curriculum which focuses on lifelong learning and excellence in instruction.

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 demonstrate an ability to locate, analyze and apply criminal justice resources including various types of law.
  • Students will create criminal-justice artifacts using accurate facts, grammar, syntax, and appropriate source citation.
  • Students will demonstrate the basic skills required and effective oral communication skills expected of entry-level criminal justice professionals.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively resolve ethical dilemmas encountered by criminal justice professionals.
  • Students will articulate the unique issues encountered by diverse populations.
  • Students will demonstrate factual knowledge about the core components of the criminal justice system.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the required steps utilized in scene search and forensic methods in order to evaluate various types of evidence.

Student Achievement

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

Our recent transfer track graduates have successfully transferred to numerous four year schools. 

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

Technology 206

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

Scott K. Golub
Associate Professor

Technology 210

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

Robert E. Bright, Jr.


B.S., Marshall University

Marsha Clauson
Administrative Associate

Technology 111

A.S. Allegany College of Maryland

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