The Criminal Investigation Professional

The Criminal Investigation Professional program provides students the basic competencies involved in investigating crimes, the individuals who commit them, and the victims who endure them. From the legal elements necessary for conviction to the investigation techniques and details required for effective prosecution, criminal investigators understand not only the nuts and bolts of a crime scene, but the legal and ethical implications of their work. Criminal investigators require an firm understanding of the law alongside the research and investigative capability to create and track down various criminal profiles including the psychology of a criminal mind and the difficulties endured by their victims.


The Criminal Investigation Professional Program

Criminal Investigation is more and more being driven by advances in technology, provided the search and seizure techniques and investigative efforts remain within the confines of the Fourth Amendment. Still, as more and more technology is incorporated into criminal investigation efforts, technicians and investigation professionals who understand the nature of these efforts alongside the legal considerations and ramifications are in great demand by law offices, corrections agencies, companies that supply these organizations and beyond.

The Criminal Investigation Professional program offers students the chance to hone their knowledge and skills in the area of criminology, the criminal mind and investigation techniques all with an eye toward criminal justice ethics and the legal system that governs these investigations. Students looking to pursue advanced degrees in criminal justice, perhaps looking toward a career as a criminal law assistant or court clerk would benefit tremendously from this set of strategically aligned courses and acquire the knowledge and skills that all criminal investigation professionals draw from every day.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define terms related to criminal investigation
  • Outline the history of criminal investigation
  • Analyze the process of criminal investigation
  • Examine types of criminal offenses
  • Explain the relationship between criminal investigation and the courtroom process
  • Define terms related to the study of crime
  • Analyze the concept of criminology
  • Examine research and data collection methods used in criminology
  • Examine theories and principles of criminology
  • Describe the basic concepts of biological theories of criminal behavior
  • Distinguish between various types of crimes
  • Evaluate methods used to effectively deal with crimes
  • Analyze the relationship between drugs and crime
  • Assess laws and social policies that have been established to address crime in the United States
  • Examine the future of crime
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.