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Criminal Justice

College of Professional Studies

Location: Lincoln
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The Criminal Justice major equips learners with an understanding of the nature of delinquency and crime, probation, parole and corrections, constitutional-criminal law and procedure, the goals and essential components of the American criminal justice system, and the basic management and administrative skills to run organizations in this area.

The program will familiarize students with current trends, research techniques, and technological advances in the various aspects of criminal justice. This broad-based knowledge enables learners to understand and evaluate the societal needs and issues that are impacting criminal justice practice and reform, and to become effective problem solvers and administrators in the criminal justice community.

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Undergraduate students have the opportunity to document their prior learning from work/life experiences through a portfolio option. Students can showcase their experiences by connecting their experiences to formal education and curriculum. Portfolios are assessed and evaluated to allow as many as 30 credits to be earned and applied toward a degree program.

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Program Information

Police Officers and Detectives 
2018 Median Pay: $63,380 per year
Job Outlook: +7% from 2016-2026 
Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

Court Reporters
2018 Median Pay: $57,150 per year
Job Outlook: +3% from 2016-2026
Court reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. Some court reporters provide captioning for television and real-time translation for deaf or hard-of-hearing people at public events, in business meetings, or classrooms.

Probation Officers
2018 Median Pay: $53,020
Job Outlook: +6% from 2016-2026
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole.

Private Detectives and Investigators
2018 Median Pay: $50,090
Job Outlook: +11% from 2016-2026
Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters. They offer many services, such as verifying backgrounds or statements, finding missing persons, and investigating computer crimes.

Emergency Management Directors
2018 Median Pay: $74,420 per year
Job Outlook: +8% from 2016-2026
Emergency management directors prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters or other emergencies. They also help lead the response during and after emergencies, often in coordination with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Social Workers
2018 Median Pay: $49,470
Job Outlook: +16% from 2016-2026
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.


Nick Vaccaro

Nick Vaccaro

Associate Professor
Political Science
Brian Pauwels

Brian Pauwels

Associate Professor
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Teja Taylor
Criminal Justice

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For me, the ability to go someplace that was local, that I didn’t have to drive 40 or 50 or 60 miles to get to a class, that was huge.

Dean Elliot
Master of Arts in Management | Police Captain, Grand Island Police Department

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