Associate Degree and Minor
In addition to the Bachelor's degree curriculum, the Criminal Justice Program offers an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice as well as a minor. The Associate degree prepares students for some entry level positions in the criminal justice field. The program also offers five courses in the Forensic Science Program.
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Internships are available in all three components, specifically in law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. In correction agencies, there are internships in probation and parole offices. Placements are also available in adult prisons, juvenile detention centers, community-based correctional facilities, and at private treatment facilities. Courtroom observations are often part of this experience as well.
Once a senior, the criminal justice student will have the opportunity to draw upon the knowledge learned in the classroom and in their internships to develop and complete their Capstone Project. Many agencies have assisted and benefited from the results of these Capstone Projects, some of which were developed from ideas of area professional agencies. Examples of these agencies are:
- Northwest Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Center
- Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio
- Defiance Police Department
- Columbus Police Department
- Toledo Police Department
- Defiance County Sheriff’s Office
- Napoleon Police Department
- Ohio State Highway Patrol
- Defiance College
Mock Crime-Scene Investigation
An exciting aspect of the criminal justice program is an opportunity for students to participate in a mock crime-scene investigation and trial with local law enforcement, fire officials, attorneys, and judges.
The program provides other practical opportunities such as tours of facilities and agencies, guest speakers, films, and the option of Cooperative Education. The Criminal Justice Society sponsors annual trips to metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Washington D.C., and Detroit to visit a variety of criminal justice agencies.
Defiance College’s criminal justice graduates are very successful. A degree in criminal justice allows a student to work in a variety of different settings. Some of our recent graduates are working for correctional facilities and many different law enforcement, probation, and parole agencies in the Midwest as well as Special Agent positions in the U.S. Department of Justice and Treasury. Many of our graduates have gone on to Graduate School or Law School.
Don Knueve, Ph.D.,, Professor of Criminal Justice
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Steven Sondergaard, J.D., Professor of Criminal Justice
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