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Criminal Justice Information

  • Learn to serve and protect. Law enforcement professionals provide important peacekeeping functions. They also prevent crimes, investigate complaints, apprehend and assist in the prosecution of violators. Through your criminal justice degree and certificate classes at HCC, you will learn about the array of career options and prepare for the written and oral testing required for employment in the field. Possible opportunities include:

    • municipal police departments
    • county sheriff's departments
    • state and federal agencies
    • probation or parole
    • juvenile justice casework
    • corrections facilities
    • private investigative services
  • Graduates of Heartland's Criminal Justice Studies program work at the local, state and federal levels.

  • Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is expected to grow by 18% from 2010 to 2020. Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7% during that same period. Continued demand for public safety will lead to new openings for officers in local departments. However, both state and federal jobs may be more competitive.*

    *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

  • Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university

    Associate in Arts - Concentration in Criminal Justice

    If you plan to complete the first two years of study leading to a bachelor's degree at Heartland and then transfer as a criminal justice major to a four-year college or university in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer peparation program is the path for you. This 60-credit hour area of concentration includes general education requirements, required core courses in Criminal Justice, and recommended electives.

Criminal Justice at Heartland Community College Video

Criminal Justice at Heartland Community College

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Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Division Office

ICB 2000 & 2100
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8620
Fax: 309-268-7991
Email: LASS Office

Tom McCulley

Dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
ICB 2010
Phone: 309-268-8615

Carol Hahn

Instructional Chair

Phone: 309-268-8660

Debbie Chiaventone

Program Assistant
ICB 2106
Phone: 309-268-8634

Meg Struve

Administrative Assistant
ICB 2100
Phone: 309-268-8620