Apr 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice

Beatrice Campus, Education Square and Online

Types of Jobs Available

  • Communications officer
  • Crime lab technician
  • Crime prevention specialist
  • Animal control officer
  • K-9 unit specialist
  • Railroad police
  • Corrections officer
  • Bailiff
  • Child Protective Services
  • Patrol officer
  • Electronic Monitoring Officer
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Retail Loss Prevention

Graduates of the program will find employment in a wide variety of entry level positions within Criminal Justice. Positions are available in law enforcement, corrections, courts, private sector, regulatory agencies, computer, juvenile justice and physical security.

This degree can be used for seeking immediate employment in the criminal justice field. SCC offers Criminal Justice courses as electives in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in the Academic Transfer program if you’re looking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Most federal programs, forensic crime labs, crime scene investigators and probation officer positions require a bachelor’s degree. Each transfer university accepts different courses to fulfill their requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check with their receiving institution to see what credits will transfer. Please work closely with an SCC Advisor

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students to serve the community and its individuals in a variety of criminal justice settings. Graduates are prepared to perform the basic duties and tasks associated with entry-level positions in criminal justice and corrections and/or continue their education. The program introduces students to careers in law enforcement and/or corrections and equips them with both the skills and knowledge needed to ensure careers and/or additional education.

This program is intended to support the continued professional growth of in-service practitioners through the enhancement of field-specifics and knowledge. The program provides an overview of the criminal justice system while also focusing on elements of criminal investigations, supervision, communications and reporting techniques.

Our criminal justice faculty at SCC have extensive education and experience in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, probation, military, prosecution and defense litigation, crime scene investigation, homeland security and private security. SCC instructors have proven experience, knowledge of proper procedures and an understanding of criminal law, which means students will receive up-to-date, relevant skills.

For more information contact:

Rita Dondlinger, Program Director
402-323-3459, 800-642-4075 ext. 3459,

or the College Admissions Office
Beatrice 402-228-8214, 800-233-5027 ext. 1214
Lincoln 402-437-2600, 800-642-4075 ext. 2600

Special Program Requirement

Course offerings and prerequisites will be determined by the program. A grade of “C” or higher is required in all CRIM classes and ENGL 1010  (when listed as a prerequisite) to progress through the program.

There are strict admission/hiring qualifications by criminal justice agencies if you are considering employment in the criminal justice profession. Factors that usually disqualify candidates from employment include (but not limited to), a criminal record (i.e. theft, assault, any felony), history of drug/alcohol abuse, significant psychological/personal disorders, dishonesty, etc. Criminal Justice agencies hire only the best qualified individuals to obtain and maintain public trust and confidence.