This program is designed to prepare students for beginning professional work in the criminal justice and allied professions. Graduates understand the causes of crime and criminal justice system responses. An undergraduate criminology/criminal justice degree serves as a strong foundation for advanced training, and prepares students for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in social science, social work, counseling, and law.

Students enrolled in this cooperative program complete their Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at Western Iowa Tech Community College and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at Briar Cliff University. Assessment and advising before registration will help ensure success in program planning.

Criminologists and criminal justice professionals investigate why crimes are committed, who is committing them, what type of societal factors might be contributing to higher crime rates, and the best ways to predict, deter, and prevent future crimes. Program graduates find employment with a variety of governmental (state and local) and private agencies that include the areas delinquency prevention, addiction prevention and recovery, prisoner reentry, confinement reform, immigration policy reform and enforcement, and law and penal systems operations.

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Transfer to a Four-Year School

If a bachelor's degree is your educational goal, getting a head start on your major has never been easier. You can apply the credits from this associate degree toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year college and university. To make the most of your time and money, tell your advisor about your transfer plans early in the admissions process.

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