Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Associate of Arts/Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science Via Articulation Agreement with MSU Northern This articulation agreement applies to the A.A. or A.S. degrees with the Social and Psychological Sciences option, for students seeking admission to the fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (CJ) program at Montana State University Northern. A criminal justice degree prepares students for a career in a diverse and challenging field. From jobs in police services to adult and juvenile corrections to homeland security, The criminal justice program offers exciting professional and educational opportunities for students. Students will be able to understand many diverse topics, including crime prevention and enforcement, the legal system, corrections, conflict management, and psychology by taking courses in MSU-N's criminal justice program. They will learn to focus on practical knowledge as well as deeper, more complex issues that relate to law enforcement and the corrections system in criminal justice program.

Students will learn a variety of areas in the field of criminal justice including:

Criminal Law – Study the underlying doctrines and selected rules of criminal law; the sources of substantive criminal law and historical development of common law principles of criminal responsibility; and constitutional constraints on the decision to define behavior as criminal. Criminology - Explore the various sociological, psychological, and biological theories that seek to explain criminal behavior, examine the problem of crime in contemporary society and study conflict resolution skills utilized in the criminal justice system.

Law Enforcement – Examine the different law enforcement jobs within the criminal justice system, analyze their duties and responsibilities, the investigation of crimes, and discuss current topics and trends.

Corrections – Explore the functions of the Federal, State and local Correctional systems; including Probation, Parole and Juvenile detention.

Policy and Procedure – Learn how cases are adjudicated in the justice system, the creation and implementation of criminal justice policies and procedures, and the role the public plays in effecting change in governmental agencies.

Graduates from the criminal justice program go on to pursue careers in state, county, and city agencies as well as federal and private organizations. Nationwide growth estimates in fields related to criminal justice, including police detectives, correctional officers, probation officers, security officers, and private investigators, range from 5-21%.

For more information, students may contact Helena College Admissions Counselor at (406) 447-6900.

Fire & Rescue

Students in this program will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire and Rescue offered in Helena with an option to attend the program in Missoula or Livingston. The program will provide applied entry-level career training for fire fighters and will enhance on-going training for current protective services professionals in Montana and the western states. This program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).Fire and Rescue courses concentrate on training in fire behavior, extinguishing agents, apparatus, tactics, rescue, and safety. Students will experience live fire situations in training mockups and will be able to enter careers in community-based fire departments, industrial fire brigades, airport fire brigades, and wildland fire agencies. 

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Legal Support Specialist

The need for qualified legal office personnel in private law firms, state government, insurance companies, and many other offices continues to increase. The Legal Support Specialist Certificate is designed to be completed with two semesters and provides training to ensure employability within a one-year period of time in the areas of writing, math, computer applications, human relations, and legal concepts.

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Students who complete the coursework will demonstrate the ability to install, configure, diagnose, repair and upgrade entry level personal computers, software, and network fundamental components according to industry standards. They will also be able to determine the type of software or hardware necessary to complete an objective and understand the functions of different operating systems as well as implement, administer, and troubleshoot a server in a networked environment. Students will be able to apply the principles of modern microcomputer operating systems, network architecture, hardware architecture, and subsystems to network, repair and manage operating systems.

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Students will demonstrate knowledge of programming concepts, logic, design and problem solving techniques. They will develop, deploy and test desktop, distributed, and web applications. Students will be able to write computer programs using fundamental software development skills as well as write computer programs using object –oriented programming features.

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