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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Are you interested in keeping your community safe while enjoying a challenging career? Do you wonder if you have what it takes to solve crimes in the field? Let Allegany College of Maryland’s Criminal Justice program prepare you for an exciting career as a Crime Scene Investigator, FBI Agent, Community Police Officer, Parole Officer, or Border Patrol Agent, among others.

Criminal Justice Overview

Our Criminal Justice program, a combination of one and two-year career training and transfer credit options, tailors your education to your specific career goals.

Our two-year transfer program in Criminal Justice provides you with criminal justice and social sciences fundamentals, while our two-year career program in Criminal Justice focuses on criminal justice and legal systems. Both programs transfer to most four-year institutions.

Our Criminal Justice program is excited to offer five online courses, enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning at Allegany College of Maryland. More online courses are being developed for 2013 and beyond. 

Our one-year certificate program in Criminal Justice is great way to enhance your resume or ensure that criminal justice is the right path for you. Additionally, we offer a Corrections Letter of Recognition program for current and future corrections officers.

Corrections program students take part in the annual Mock Prison Riot at the West Virginia State Penitentiary where they act out prison riot scenarios with corrections officers from all over the world. This unique experience is offered at the historical Moundsville Prison, formerly one of the most violent prisons in the United States.

Course Info

As a Criminal Justice program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Corrections
  • Police Administration and Operation
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Evidence and Procedure
  • American Courts and the Legal System
  • Criminalistics

The Criminal Justice Program offers the following courses online:

  • Intro to Criminal Justice [CRIM 101]
  • Criminal Law [CRIM 103]
  • Intro to Corrections [CRIM 106]
  • Criminology [CRIM 111]
  • Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice [CRIM 203]

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Graduates of criminal justice programs are in high demand in today's competitive job market. Possible career options include positions as:

  • Police Officers
  • Corrections Officers
  • Criminal Investigators
  • Homeland Security Specialists
  • Private/Commercial Security Officers
  • Federal Agents

*Some careers may require a bachelor's degree or higher and/or additional training.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Faculty/Staff Info

Stephen Gibson, Division Chair

Humanities 22

B.A., Illinois College

M.A., University of Illinois at Springfield

Ph.D., St. Louis University


Brandon Hoover, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

Humanities 17

B.S., Frostburg State University

J.D., Ohio Northern University

Program Options

Career Programs
Criminal Justice

Transfer Programs
Criminal Justice - AOC Transfer

Certificate Programs
Criminal Justice

Letter of Recognition Programs
Criminal Justice

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