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Criminal Justice Degree Online from Westwood CollegeHave you always had a strong belief in justice? Make a positive impact with a rewarding career in the field of criminal justice. A Westwood College criminal justice degree will prepare you for entry-level careers in a variety of criminal justice areas, including corrections and private security. Through hands-on coursework and preparation, you'll acquire the skills necessary to launch your career in criminal justice.

Program features include:

  • course-based content on the current issues and trends in the field of criminal justice
  • writing and communication courses to enhance reporting skills needed to succeed in the criminal justice profession
  • discussion of high ethical standards that are expected of criminal justice professionals
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  • Course Info

    A Criminal Justice associate degree opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Introduction to Policing
    • Corrections
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Private Investigation and Security
    • Criminal Justice Administration

    Course breakdown

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    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    • Compare and contrast the various components of the criminal justice system
    • Explore the impact of contemporary societal issues on the criminal justice system
    • Compare the legal, social, and political parameters within the criminal justice field
    • Analyze information and develop solutions to challenges within the criminal justice system

    Locations offering this degree:*

    Anaheim Campus - Anaheim, CA
    Inland Empire Campus - Upland, CA
    Los Angeles Campus - Los Angeles, CA
    South Bay Campus - Torrance, CA

    Atlanta Midtown Campus - Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta Northlake Campus - Atlanta, GA

    Denver North Campus - Denver, CO
    Denver South Campus - Denver, CO

    Annandale Campus - Annandale, VA
    Arlington Ballston Campus - Arlington, VA

    Online Campus

    *Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus of interest for current program offerings.

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    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Careers

    Where could your Criminal Justice degree take you?

    Our criminal justice program provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career in criminal justice. Our faculty of professionals with experience in their fields will provide you with the knowledge, training and insight that you’ll use in your career. Take a look at a few of the career fields that may be available to graduates of this program:*

    • Corrections
    • Criminal justice
    • Juvenile justice
    • Security

    *Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. skills necessary to start your career as a paralegal. Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable tests/exams.

    Request More Information

    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Employers

    Westwood has prepared our Criminal Justice graduates for careers with employers such as:

    • Allied Barton Security Services
    • Convergent Resources, Inc.
    • Dekalb County Board of Health
    • Forest City Enterprises
    • Fulton County Sheriff's Department
    • Guardsmark, Inc.
    • University of Wisconsin Police Department

    Westwood College tracks the initial employers of its graduates for accreditation purposes. This list represents a partial list of employers of graduates from this program, drawn from across the Westwood campus system, and contains employers of Westwood College graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. It is not intended to represent an endorsement of Westwood College by the listed employers.

    Comprehensive employment information for graduates from each campus is available.
  • News

    Read about the most recent happenings on Facebook, see what we've been tweeting about or check out our College and Career blog for interesting resources. Our most recent news stories are listed right here:

    Westwood College graduate is one of five students nationwide to receive APSCU’s GREAT award

    Guillermo De La Riva was selected from more than 180 nominations for the 2014 award.


    Westwood College introduces new scholarship and reward program

    100% of Westwood College students eligible for at least one of 11 institutional scholarships or rewards.


    Members of congress welcome Westwood College during Hill Day

    Westwood students visit U.S. Capital offices and discuss the face of career colleges.


    Westwood College student designs winning logo for APSCU convention & exposition

    Sughey Abreu De Hernandez wins grand prize in logo contest for Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.


    Westwood College takes on larger role in strategic direction of private sector colleges

    Committee appointments by Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities reinforce partnership between college and trade organization


    Virginia senator Barbara Favola visits Westwood College to better understand benefits of career colleges

    Students, faculty and staff join politician in tour


    California representatives Loretta Sanchez and Ed Royce visit Westwood College and see hands-on learning in action

    Students, faculty, staff and area employer join representatives in tour.


    Colorado representative Scott Tipton visits Westwood College and sees hands-on learning in action

    Students, faculty, staff and area employer join Congressman in tour.


    Westwood College students create a path to job success in a challenging economy

    Eric Lovett named 2012 recipient of the $10,000 Platinum PATH Scholarship.


    Westwood College faculty and staff recognized by CACCS

    Four faculty and staff members of Westwood’s Denver campuses honored by the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools.


    Two Westwood College students recognized in CACCS "Student of the Year" awards

    Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools names Denise Gray and Don Heflin as top students in "Specialized Trades" category.


    Westwood College announces graduate success stories

    Alumni recognized for completing degrees and using hands-on skills to find fulfilling careers despite personal and economic challenges.


    Westwood College suggests looking beyond the course catalog when considering colleges

    Offering hands-on experience and access to industry leaders can prove to be invaluable to a student's education and eventual job search.


    Westwood College introduces Employment Pledge

    Reinforces commitment to preparing students for future careers.


    Westwood College offers tuition-free alumni retraining to graduates

    School’s mission is to encourage lifelong learning.


    263 Westwood College Chicago Loop Staff, Faculty and Students Participate in Fundraiser and Help Local Charity Reach $1 Million Goal

    Hundreds of Westwood College Chicago Loop Campus staff, faculty and students recently participated in a fundraising event that helped Misericordia, a Chicago-area nonprofit offering support to individuals with developmental disabilities, reach a $1 million fundraising goal.


    Westwood College faculty member named Purdue University Calumet Alumni Leader

    Richard Gianni, a senior faculty member at Westwood College-River Oaks Campus, was recently recognized by Purdue University Calumet as an outstanding Alumni Leader.


    Westwood College Helps Veterans Combat The Rising Costs Of College Tuition Through The Yellow Ribbon Program

    Program Closes the Gap between VA Benefits and the Actual Cost of Most Colleges


    Westwood College Honors its Top Educators Nationwide through the Excellence in Education Awards

    Westwood College announced today the winners of its 2009 President's Award and National Faculty of the Year Award. The awards recognize outstanding Westwood College faculty members and other educators for their dedication to excellence.


    Career College Association Recognizes Westwood College Instructor Todd Bell as Teacher of the Year

    Passion, dedication and rave reviews from students are several of the reasons that Westwood College Criminal Justice instructor Todd Bell received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Career College Association (CCA).

  • Graduate Outcomes

    For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and graduation rates of students who attended this program, as well as occupations listed by the Department of Education as potential careers for this program, select the link below related to the campus in which you are interested.

    For recently-added programs where there are no graduates yet, not all data is available  Additional information from those programs will be included in future releases. Data is included for any of the listed campuses where the program was taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary. Job codes were pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk as of November 30, 2013. While the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Westwood College has not found that our programs prepare graduates for all job titles listed.