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All Criminal Justice Majors who are seeking an A.S. Degree are required to register and successfully complete CCJ 2940, Criminal Justice Internship prior to graduation and all Criminal Justice Majors who are seeking an A.A.S. Degree or an A.A. Degree may take CCJ 2940 as an elective.

Criminal Justice Majors may take and complete CCJ 2949, Criminal Justice Field Studies, instead of CCJ 2940, Criminal Justice Internship.    Criminal Justice Majors should consider registering for CCJ 2949 instead of CCJ 2940 if they are unsure of the type of criminal justice career or agency they are interested in pursuing or if they are unable to participate in a traditional internship due to schedule conflicts or background issues.

CCJ 2949, Criminal Justice Field Studies, combines classroom presentations with field observations and research assignments to enable the student to learn about the functioning of various agencies and careers within the criminal justice system. 

CCJ 2949, Criminal Justice Field Studies, is limited to Criminal Justice Majors and students cannot take both CCJ 2949 and CCJ 2940.

Students should not take the Field Studies course until after they have completed most of their criminal justice required courses.

Permission of the Instructor is required prior to registering for this course.   Students should begin their approval process in the beginning of the prior semester.

Students must first complete a Field Studies Application during the prior semester and submit to the instructor.  This should be completed no later than the middle of the prior semester:



3 Credits
This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about and observe the operations of various criminal justice agencies.  Students will be expected to compare classroom theory with the day-to-day operations of various criminal justice agencies and the roles and responsibilities of their professionals in the field.   The course will include classroom lectures and projects, agency ride-alongs, facility tours, court observations, and interviewing and shadowing agencies members.  In addition to limited classroom meetings, the student will also be required to spend a total of 100 clock hours, spread over the semester, in the field observing various agencies.

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Majors only


Instructor’s permission is required – Students must complete the Application in a timely fashion.

Students should submit their written application as soon as possible.

Once you have applied, you will be notified by E-Mail of your acceptance.  

Students must then register for the Field Studies class.   As this class fills up quickly, approved students should register as soon as registration opens up.