Help the Victims.
The social services track helps students
pursue careers in criminal justice-related
social services including victim advocacy,
domestic violence, drug abuse, and mental
health commitments. Courses address
topics such as victimology, human behavior,
drug abuse and crime, and domestic and
HCC criminal justice studies students find many opportunities to participate
in internships that offer valuable, hands-on experience in their fields of study
and apply to particular tracks. For example, law enforcement students may
handle calls with police officers, and pre-law students may work with
attorneys or judges.
For more internship examples, visit hccfl.edu/cjt.
Develop Your Expertise.
Fingerprint identification is a growing specialist career within criminal
justice due to rapidly advancing technological investigative tools. We offer
courses designed to prepare students for work as fingerprint technicians in
classification and identification, and in crime scene investigations.
In the field of police work, this specialist career provides opportunities within
criminal justice agencies that manage and explore crime statistics and crime
mapping. Crime analysts compile detailed evaluations of crime trends that are
used to determine police special operations and personnel distribution.
Courses teach students crime and intelligence analysis skills.
This specialist career within criminal justice agencies offers important help
and support to victims of crimes. Victim advocates work to assist crime victims
during the investigative and prosecution stages of criminal proceedings.
The Criminal Justice Institute of Hillsborough Community College is our Police and Corrections Academy
and is a separate department from the department of criminology and criminal justice studies.
An associate degree in criminal justice is a great first step to enter the careers described in this brochure.
Many of these careers require additional education, such as a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree,
and some require academy training.