Associate Degree Program

Criminology and Forensic Technology

The popularity of TV shows like CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Bones has brought the field of criminology and forensic technology to new levels of awareness and curiosity. While television may get it right some of the time, the actual field is not a form of entertainment. It is critical to the criminal justice system.

The criminology and forensic technology field includes a wide range of processes to prevent and control crime. These professionals work both in the public eye and behind the scenes, in private companies, including workplace security firms, safety firms and security patrol firms; local law enforcement, including sheriffs' departments and juvenile justice centers; and state law enforcement, including the court system and attorneys general offices.1

The associate degree program in Criminology and Forensic Technology offered through the School of Criminal Justice at the ITT Technical Institutes exposes students to fundamental knowledge and skills utilized in the field of criminology and forensics. Areas of study include the criminal justice system, criminal law, law enforcement, forensics and investigations. This program contains report writing, communications, problem solving and computer coursework designed to help students prepare for entry-level positions in the field of criminal justice.

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Potential Employment Includes:

  • Detention Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Private Investigator

1 This program of study may not qualify a graduate for a career in law enforcement involving employment as a police officer or agent by federal, state, county, local or municipal authorities. An applicant must contact the applicable governmental authority prior to beginning the program at the school to determine if there are any specific requirements and/or qualifications that a candidate must satisfy to be eligible for employment as a police officer or agent by that authority. Those requirements and/or qualifications may include, among other things, that a candidate must: (a) successfully complete an academy or other specialized training; (b) be younger than a certain age; (c) pass a physical, mental and/or personality examination; (d) pass a background check; (e) not have a criminal record; (f) be a graduate from an institution that is regionally accredited (as opposed to nationally accredited, such as ITT Technical Institute); (g) complete a certain number of credit hours or a certain type of degree program at an accredited postsecondary educational institution; (h) have served a certain number of years in the military; (i) have a certain number of years of prior law enforcement experience; (j) be a U.S. citizen and/or a resident of the governmental authority's jurisdiction; (k) have earned a bachelor or graduate degree in certain areas of study; and/or (l) have a valid driver's license.