Bronx

Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.

New Rochelle

Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.

St. Lucia

The scenic Monroe College St. Lucia campus in Barnard Hill Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia combines the best of many worlds.

Queens

Monroe's Queens Extension Center is located in the heart of downtown Flushing, a vibrant and ethnically mixed district of Queens.

  • Criminal Justice Degree Opportunities

    Learn more about career possibilities with a Monroe criminal justice degree.

  • Associate (AS) Degree in Criminal Justice

    Popular career choices for graduates with an associate program in Criminal Justice include:

    • Policeman
    • State trooper
    • Undercover investigator
    • Security manager
    • Counselor
    • Corrections officer
    • Probation officer
    • Criminal court officer
    • Juvenile counselor
    • Detention facility coordinator 

    Bachelor’s (BA) Degree in Criminal Justice

    Popular career choices for graduates with an Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice program include:

    • Policeman
    • State trooper
    • FBI agent
    • Undercover investigator
    • Security manager
    • Counselor
    • Corrections officer
    • Probation officer C
    • Criminal court officer
    • Juvenile counselor
    • Detention facility coordinator

    Minor in Emergency Management

    In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and with the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the field of emergency management has evolved into a full-fledged career. The field has received even more attention with a wave of natural disasters that have plagued both the United States and heavily populated areas around the world. Emergency management professionals play roles in mitigating, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters. The overriding goal is to save lives and protect property and the environment.

    A minor in emergency management can prepare you for a career as a communications manager or a paramedic:

    Communications managers are on the front lines of crisis administration. They must remain calm when handling 911 calls while at the same time share vital information with first responders and emergency care professionals. Those interested in communications management must grasp the physical and psychological aspects of a crisis situation.

    In order to work as a paramedic, one must think critically, adapt quickly to any situation and have specialized emergency care knowledge. Paramedics assist police, fire and medical professionals with transporting patients to hospitals and administering life-saving services. One minute you could be helping deliver a baby and the next, you could be responding to a 911 hit-and-run call. It is a career that requires the right blend of education and on-the-job training.

    Law Enforcement and Policing

    Law enforcement officers do more than apprehend criminals and keep the public safe. At its core, a career in law enforcement is about listening and helping those you have sworn to protect.  Monroe graduates who have entered law enforcement have been taught that finding long-term solutions to community problems is as vital to fighting crime as is properly handling a firearm.

    A career in law enforcement and policing in the post-9/11 age requires specialized expertise in homeland security and terrorism. Police officers must be able to analyze and share detailed information within their departments and with other agencies to ensure public security.

    There are a variety of law enforcement positions to consider including:

    Corrections officers process millions of inmates to jails and prisons each year. They are responsible for maintaining order and security within the inmate population. There are a wide range of career opportunities within the field including probation officer, corrections supervisor, court bailiff and correctional treatment specialist. 

    Careers as FBI special agents are among the most coveted, exciting and challenging in law enforcement. FBI agents are assigned to a wide range of cases, including domestic terrorism, white-collar crime, intelligence, finance-related crime and more. Agents must follow strict physical condition guidelines, keep track of highly confidential information and be leaders in the law enforcement community.

    Note: Students must complete a bachelor’s degree in order to meet FBI employment requirements. 

    Parole Officers monitor released criminal offenders in order to prevent crime recidivism. They maintain regular contact with former detainees and with their friends and families. Depending on the offender assigned to their case, parole officers may arrange for substance abuse counseling and connect the parolee to employment training. Career success as a parole officer requires critical assessment, communication and leadership skills. Students visit drug testing facilities, correctional institutes and parole centers as an important complement to their studies.

    Small communities and large cities alike seek the best and brightest to join their police units as police officers, sheriffs, detectives and investigators whether on the city, state or federal level. Students will learn what’s required in order to excel on police entrance exams and to think critically on the job.

    Public Safety and Community Outreach

    There is an increasing call from criminal justice professionals to move beyond the badge and toward community outreach. Public safety and community outreach programs are being implemented in local, state and federal security departments. Organizations understand that the community should be an active partner in preventing crime. This philosophy is not only affecting public law enforcement; these programs have been instrumental in maintaining safe conditions at high schools and on college campuses across the country. Public safety and community outreach professionals often speak with young adults about the dangers of drug use, DUI, responsible driving and online security awareness.

    Monroe’s Public Safety and Community Outreach Program trains students to recognize and prevent problems before they occur. Our experienced faculty is made up of public security experts, certified mental health advisors and addiction counselors, all of whom share knowledge and experience on how to strengthen communities.

    Careers in public safety and community outreach are broad-based and therefore are suited to a number of skills and interests. One possible career in community outreach is that of a substance abuse counselor. Addiction counseling provides a lifeline of support and hope to individuals struggling with drug and alcohol dependence. Counselors are an especially important resource within marginalized and poverty-stricken communities.  Possible settings include rehab centers, public health facilities and schools.

    Legal and Social Justice

    As more and more law enforcement agencies take a proactive approach to crime reduction, they have come to recognize the importance of legal education and social justice in preserving the public good. Giving underrepresented populations a voice is key to helping them overcome class barriers and advance economically and socially.

    Monroe’s faculty of social workers, child welfare managers and attorneys prepare graduates for careers as court reporters, paralegals, case managers, human rights advocates, community organizers and more:

    Court reporters, traditionally known as stenographers, are a critical part of the legal system. They create transcripts of courtroom testimony, meetings, arbitrations, depositions and other law-related proceedings. While some court reporters still utilize a steno machine, others use advanced technology to transcribe matters in real-time, or voice equipment to precisely capture questions and answers. To be a successful court reporter, you need to learn transcription, be a strong listener and understand local, state and federal law.

    Our faculty of practicing and retired court reporters, attorneys and judges introduce key legal concepts to students. They aim to clarify complex court reporting licensing and regulatory issues on a state-by-state basis. Additionally, they take students out of the classroom and into the courtroom.

    Paralegals are mainly employed by law firms, legal agencies and federal offices. With their specialized learning, paralegals assist attorneys with a variety of tasks, including drafting contracts, organizing records and documents and performing in-depth legal research. 

    Students taking paralegal studies are taught by practicing and retired attorneys and paralegals. They are exposed to such legal concentrations as civil, criminal, corporate and immigration law and take trips to law firms and legal libraries. Graduates of the associate program can choose to pursue a paralegal career or continue with their legal education as bachelor’s degree students.

    Social workers aim to strengthen families, groups and communities with a goal of long-term social change. Students pursuing a career in social work learn from active and retired experts in the field with decades of involvement in child welfare, human development, foster care and public health. They share their real-world experiences with students in the classroom, within impoverished neighborhoods and on trips to city-wide social worker departments. Monroe College offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs that prepare students for careers in child protective services, social services, senior care, mental illness healthcare, counseling and case management.