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Criminal Justice 

An Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at Belmont College offers an opportunity to engage in one of the fastest growing occupational areas in 2015.  Whether your interest is in Courts, Corrections, Law Enforcement, Private Security or pursuing your Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Belmont College is here to work with you as you pursue your Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.


In addition to offering coursework to prepare you as you begin your journey, Belmont College offers students the chance to Learn, Engage, Experience and Succeed in the Criminal Justice Field.


Students are afforded experiences offered as part of the courses taken at Belmont College through Field Trips.  Students are able to witness firsthand the Criminal Justice Process as cases are taken through the initial phase of Jail or Detention, processed through the Courts, and resolving in Jail or through the Correctional Facilities.  The Process of Forensic Interviews of child victims of abuse are also addressed, as are domestic violence advocacy, and re-entry programs available in our region.  Additional opportunities based on Course and Student interest.


Students gain practical experiences in the classroom, through individual and group projects.  Some of the opportunities for collaboration include:


  • Presenting prison designs to the class, while addressing all of the administrative, safety, prisoner situations, and special factors.
  • Assessing crime scene scenarios and prepare accident and incident reports and witness statements.
  • Handling Ransom notes, to include securing evidence, compiling a suspect list, and using tactics and information learned in class to narrowing the field of potential suspects.


As part of the Seminar and Practicum Experience at Belmont College, students are availed the opportunity to apply Criminal Justice knowledge acquired from their coursework at Belmont College over the course of the semester, and experience application in real life situations.  Placements have included local Sheriffs’ Offices, Police Departments, Juvenile Detention Centers, Juvenile Courts, Juvenile & Adult Probation, Domestic Violence Advocacy Programs, and Re-entry Programs, to name a few.  New and exciting placement opportunities continue to be added every semester.


Career Possibilities

Careers await Criminal Justice majors in the following, rewarding areas:


  • Working with juveniles
  • Working with adults
  • In the private sector
  • In the public sector
  • For public agencies
  • At all levels of government 

Program Outcomes:

  1. Meet or exceed Belmont College’s Core Learning Outcomes, including communicate effectively (written, oral, and reading), think critically and creatively, learning actively, and accept accountability, and build Global/Multicultural Diversity Awareness as monitored.
  2. Improved quality of life by required enrollment in non-technical courses in science, math, and the humanities.
  3. Demonstrate first year college level technical knowledge in four separate areas of the criminal justice process, including: Institutional Corrections, Unarmed Self Defense and Firearms, Interview and interrogation, Community Corrections, Law Enforcement, Substance Abuse, Criminal Law, or Ohio Criminal and Vehicle Code.
  4. Demonstrate more complex second year college level technical knowledge in four separate areas of the criminal justice process, including: Criminal Investigation, Forensics, Correctional Law, Criminal Procedure, American Court Systems, Private Security, or a special topic offered.  

Program Chair

Desiree Lyonette | 

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