Criminal Justice

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

If you are looking for an opportunity for public service in a challenging job that involves personal responsibility, you may find success in the criminal justice field. Knowledge of sociology, psychology, government and law is helpful in preparing for this career.

Ivy Tech Community College's associate of science degree in Criminal Justice prepares you to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice or criminology at a four-year institution.

Through your choice of electives, you can study:

  • Corrections: Vigorous law enforcement and stringent sentencing rules have increased the number of people being held for trial or imprisoned for their crimes in the last decade. Corrections officers monitor people being detained for trial and those who have been imprisoned.
  • Forensics: Forensics officials assist in the criminal investigative process, assess crime scenes and evidentiary material, and testify in court. This area of study places emphasis on developing the skills needed to supplement traditional law enforcement roles with an interest in forensics.
  • Law Enforcement: Law enforcement officials provide assistance, respond to emergency calls, investigate crime scenes, and testify in court. This area of study places emphasis on developing the skills needed to be a police officer, including law, community relations, procedural law and criminal investigations.
  • Youth Services: This coursework will prepare you to work with youth offenders and their families as they navigate the judicial and correctional system. Youth services professionals strive to prevent youth offenders from committing future crimes by helping the youth and the families discover the causes of illegal behavior.

Technical Certificates:

Technical Certificate (30 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

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Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses.

Degrees:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

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This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Science degree prepares you for transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice transfers to some Indiana public and private colleges and universities. Graduates will also earn the Transfer General Education Certificate.

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Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Online Options:

Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Science degree prepares you for transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice transfers to some Indiana public and private colleges and universities. Graduates will also earn the Transfer General Education Certificate.

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This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

The Criminal Justice program is offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Bloomington

Contact:
Matthew Schulz
Assistant Professor
(812) 330-6107
mschulz15@ivytech.edu

Central Indiana (Franklin, Indianapolis)

Contact:
Willie Whitfield, Chair
(317) 921-4427
wwhitfie@ivytech.edu

Concentrations offered by Indianapolis region:

  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement
  • Youth Services

Columbus
  • Faculty Contact:
  • Karen McPherson
  • Program Chair - Criminal Justice and Human Services
  • Poling Building - Room 154
  • (812) 374-5203
  • Columbus Region Concentrations
  • • Corrections
  • • Law Enforcement
  • • Youth Services
  • » Program Summary(pdf)
East Central (Anderson, Marion, Muncie)
Contact

Anderson
Rob Dawalt
Program Chair
1-800-589-8324, ext. 1110
pdawalt@ivytech.edu

Marion
Steve Parker
1-800-554-1159 ext. 3323
sparker@ivytech.edu

Muncie
Ron Henderson
1-800-589-8324 ext. 1110
rhendershon9@ivytech.edu

Kokomo (Kokomo, Logansport)
Contact
Kokomo

Michael Holsapple, program chair
800-459-0561, ext. 391
Lafayette (Lafayette)
Contact
John Mishler
(765) 269-5440
North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)

Concentrations:
Corrections
Forensics
Law Enforcement
Youth Services

For more information contact Irene Britt at 574-289-7001, ext. 5368 or bbritt@ivytech.edu.

Northeast (Fort Wayne)
Contact:
John Grannan, Criminal Justice Program Chair
260-439-8382
jgrannan@ivytech.edu

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)

Contact:
Nicole Doctor, Criminal Justice Program Chair
ndoctor1@ivytech.edu
219-464-8514, ext 3022
3100 Ivy Tech Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Regional Degree Offerings:
  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Science via Distance Education
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Technical Certificate


Richmond (Richmond)
Contact:

Darryl T. Decker
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs Support/Distance Education Academic Advising and Support
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond IN 47374-1298
Phone: 765-966-2656, ext. 1123  Toll free: 800-659-4562, ext. 1123
Fax: 765-962-8741
Email: ddecker@ivytech.edu
www.ivytech.edu/richmond

Jillene Anderson
Dean of the School of Public and Social Services
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond IN 47374-1298
Phone: 765-966-2656, ext. 1158  Toll free: 800-659-4562, ext. 1158
Fax: 765-962-8741
janderso@ivytech.edu
www.ivytech.edu/richmond

Southeast (Lawrenceburg, Madison)
School of Public & Social Services - Criminal Justice Program
MADISON

590 Ivy Tech Drive
Madison, IN 47250

Kathleen Mote
(812) 265-2580 Ext. 4126
(800) 403-2190 Ext. 4126
kmote@ivytech.edu

LAWRENCEBURG & BATESVILLE

50 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Kathleen Mote
(812) 265-2580 Ext. 4126
(800) 403-2190 Ext. 4126
kmote@ivytech.edu

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Justin Suer, Dean
Ogle Hall, Room 109F

For more information, email sl-sharedservices@ivytech.edu


Southwest (Evansville)
Criminal Justice Information Sheet

For more information, please contact Chris Kiefer, Program Chair, at (812) 429-1449.

Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)
Regional Degree Offerings:
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree
  • Associate of Science (AS) Degree
  • Technical Certificate

Contact:

Jamie Houston
Department Chair/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Human Services and Paralegal Studies
812.298.2395
jhouston29@ivytech.edu

  • Correctional Institutions
  • Indiana State Police
  • Court Services
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Community Corrections
  • Juvenile Services
  • Private Security Services

  • Corrections Officer
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Communications Officers
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Youth Service Worker
  • Security Professional
  • Case Manager