The Criminal Justice program is an exciting career pathway for students who want to explore careers in law, law enforcement, security, government agency and even forensics sciences. The first year of this course provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Students will participate in collaborative exercises as they learn the history of the criminal justice system and explore the three major components; Law Enforcement, the Courts, and Corrections.
In year 2, students become immersed in the Crime Scene Lab and outside of the classroom where they learn to examine a crime scene
, then carefully review and process
the scene, collect and record evidence, then analyze it. Concurrently, students will become forensic scientists in Forensics 1 and 2 as they form hypotheses and use scientific techniques to investigate and establish the facts of a crime. Criminal Justice 3 examines Law and Society as students delve into the criminal mind to explore the psychology of the criminal and learn about criminal profiling. At some point during the program students will complete a job shadow in a suggested area. In the final year, Criminal Justice 4, students will work in teams to solve a case culminating in a formal presentation of the case. Students are strongly encouraged to present their research and/or argument paper to a panel at Roger Williams University in order to earn up to 11 free college credits. Student may also complete an internship during this final year.
This program of study falls under the Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security career cluster and includes such as careers as law enforcement, public security, protective services and homeland security, emergency management and response coordinator or manager, national security program specialist, firefighter, emergency medical technician and many others. For a comprehensive list, visit Advance CTE.