Start Your Exciting New Career with Criminal Justice Courses from Wilmington

Do you like to serve your community and make a difference in peoples’ lives? Would you like to learn how to better protect your family and friends? Do you have leadership qualities? If this sounds like you, the Criminal Justice program at Wilmington can be the first step to starting your career.

When you enroll in Criminal Justice classes, you can earn your Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science degree in as little as 18 months. With the training and education you gain, you’ll be well on your way to a meaningful career. Our Criminal Justice program has served students like you in Wilmington, Leland, Carolina Beach, Burgaw and Hampstead.

Plus, this is a Hybrid track program. What does this mean for you? You will take most of your coursework online with video, audio and text-based lessons and interactive discussion groups. You’ll then spend a few hours each week at the campus for face-to-face training. It’s the best of both worlds, for your convenience.

Criminal Justice 12%

Projected, 2012 - 2022*


We provide our graduates with Career Assistance.

Day & Evening Classes Available

We offer flexible program options that fit to your busy schedule.

What You Will Gain from Wilmington’s Criminal Justice Training Program

When you take Criminal Justice courses, you will be gaining much more than a Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science degree. You will learn the knowledge and skills necessary for a career helping to protect and serve your community. Here are a few training and education classes you can take in our Criminal Justice program:

  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law & Procedures: This comprehensive course, covering both substantive criminal law and criminal procedures, examines crimes against persons, property and the public, as well as the law enforcement and justice system proceedings that follow. A specific segment on this topic includes the state’s criminal law and procedure statutes. 
  • Communications for CJ Professionals: An introduction to written communication for the criminal justice professional. Students are introduced to the various forms and reports encountered by criminal justice practitioners. Emphasis is placed on sentence and paragraph structure, organization, content and clarity along with the use of proper spelling and grammar. Note taking, report writing and preparing search and arrest warrants and warrant affidavits are examined.
  • Criminal Investigations: This course explores the theory and scope of criminal investigation as well as the duties and responsibilities of the investigator such as: developing intelligence, investigations and the law, interview and interrogation and investigative report writing. Other areas of concentration consist of investigating homicide and wound scenes, sexual assaults, gang crime scenes, robbery and property crimes, computer crimes and drug crime scenes. The techniques and strategies used in investigation and basic crime scene processing, identifying, collecting and preserving evidence are also addressed.

These and other classes will prepare you for a valuable hands-on experience in a real-work environment in our externship course. For more information about the Criminal Justice program, download our Course Catalog.

Get Started on Your Criminal Justice Training and Career

If you are ready to get started on the path toward a more meaningful career protecting others, then a career in Criminal Justice is right for you. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2022, the demand for Security Guards will increase by 12%.

Here are some career possibilities you can pursue with a Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science degree from Wilmington:

Correctional Officer and Jailer

Correctional Officers and Jailers are responsible for keeping communities safe by watching over and aiding in the rehabilitation process for inmates. They supervise and often provide transportation to prisoners.

Court Clerk

Court Clerks are an essential part of the criminal justice system. They keep the courtroom running smoothly by communicating directly with judges and lawyers, preparing court dockets and taking accurate notes.

Security Guard

Security Guards play an important role in providing safety to communities and businesses by ensuring the safety of citizens through the prevention of crime, vandalism and terrorism.
*Note: This program is not intended to meet state requirements for a law enforcement officer or police officer. 

Learn More about a Criminal Justice Degree

Are you ready to get started on your new and exciting career in Criminal Justice? Let Wilmington help you on your way to protecting and serving your community. For more information click here or call us today at 800.705.9182.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers, on the Internet at (visited August 11, 2015).