Over the past few decades, careers in all areas of criminal justice (law enforcement, courts, corrections, security) have undergone increasing professionalization. With that change has come a trend for increasing educational requirements, both for entry-level positions and promotional opportunities. It was out of this increasing need for higher education that the College of DuPage Criminal Justice program was created more than 25 years ago.
Since then, students who take criminal justice classes do so for a variety of reasons. Many (if not most) are taking the courses as part of a degree or certificate program, with intentions of pursuing or advancing in a career in criminal justice. Others take selected classes as part of a program in a related field. Some take individual courses to learn more about the criminal justice system and constitutional rights.
Those pursuing a program in Criminal Justice have four basic choices: the Associate in Applied Science (occupational) degree, the Associate in Arts (transfer) degree, the Certificate in Criminal Justice, and the Homeland Security Certificate.
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Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331
A State-of-the-Art Resource
The new Homeland Security Education Center is a testament to COD's commitment to providing student's access to the latest tools and facilities.
Criminal Justice and Fire Science Technology Programs
The Homeland Education Center (HEC) at College of DuPage provides career training for criminal justice, police and fire science students in all disciplines required for a successful career in these growing professions. The high tech HEC building includes a full immersion street scene that allows students to participate in realistic action scenarios. The center also houses a multi-station forensics lab to train students to examine evidence in controlled environments.
COD and Lewis University 3+1 Degree Program in Criminal / Social Justice