“The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” George Washington
A career in criminal justice offers diverse opportunities to utilize your skills and strengths for the greater good. Whether advocating for victims of crime, keeping schools safe from violence or overseeing the progress of a parolee or probationer, criminal justice professionals are committed to improving the quality of life in their communities.
- FVCC Criminal Justice Transfer Track students have the opportunity to take advantage of a transfer articulation agreement in place with
- Montana State University-Northern (MSU-N). Students who satisfactorily complete the transfer articulation curriculum are eligible to transfer as juniors to the Criminal Justice program at MSU-N. In addition, students have the option to finish their bachelor’s degree online.
The annual mean wage for a police or sheriff’s patrol officer working in Montana is $52,280, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
- The annual mean wage for a detective or criminal investigator working in Montana is $77,560, according to the BLS.
- The annual mean wage for a security guard working in Montana is $27,150, according to the BLS.
- The annual mean wage for a correctional officer or jailer working in Montana is $37,810, according to the BLS.
Attributes of Successful Criminal Justice Professionals:
- Skilled at managing conflict
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to remain calm and think clearly under pressure
- Technologically adept
- Criminal Justice students preparing to transfer should work closely with an advisor to customize a course of study based on their transfer goals.
- FVCC’s Criminal Justice Transfer Track prepares students to transfer to the University of Montana-Missoula or Montana State University-
- Bozeman to work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology.
Students should become familiar with transfer school programs, as it is the student’s responsibility to check with each transfer school in order to determine specific prerequisite courses and equivalencies.
In addition to general education requirements and specific transfer school requirements, Criminal Justice transfer track students typically take the following courses at FVCC:
|Course Number||Course Title|
|CHMY 280||Forensic Science I|
|CJUS 121||Introduction to Criminal Justice|
|CJUS 230||Police Organization|
|PSCI 210||Introduction to American Government|
|PSYX 100||Introduction to Psychology|
|SOCI XXX||Introduction to Sociology|
FVCC also offers a two-year degree in Criminal Justice (AAS) for students wishing to enter the workforce.