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Field Experience

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In the Criminal Justice and Security Field Experience course, students gain exposure to and a greater understanding of the criminal justice or security systems in their assigned fields. Criminal Justice and Security majors have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained through academic coursework in a practical setting and to obtain additional knowledge and skills in preparation for professional work. Students are required to choose an agency field experience site that is relevant to their field of criminal justice or security and participate in related activities to gain pertinent experience to their field. Time in this course is spent completing the field experience goals and related outcomes, which are accomplished individually at each student’s field experience site.

This undergraduate-level course is 10 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 10

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    The Field Experience Agency

    • Describe how the role of the student relates to the agency’s mission.

    • Describe the agency’s funding sources.
    • Explain the role of supervision in field experience.

    • Describe the structure of the field experience agency.

    • Explain how the role of the student is affected by agency structure.

    Leadership Styles

    • Evaluate leadership styles at the field experience agency.

    • Identify theories and styles of leadership.

    • Describe the characteristics of an effective leader.


    • Develop a career plan.

    • Analyze professional qualifications in relation to agency position requirements.

    • Describe how to meet agency position criteria.

    Organizational Goals and Relationships

    • Describe how the agency interacts with other agencies in the community and in the criminal justice system.

    • Analyze social and cultural aspects affecting criminal justice organizations’ goals and relationships.

    • Explain how agency goals are measured for effectiveness.

    Communication and Diversity

    • Describe the flow of formal communication in the agency.

    • Explain the flow of communication in relation to the student’s role in the organization.

    • Describe how community social and cultural influences are integrated into the delivery of criminal justice at the field experience agency.
    • Evaluate how cultural-based issues present challenges to the field experience agency.


    • Describe the agency code of ethics.

    • Explain the ethical implications associated with working as a field experience student.

    • Describe ethical standards established by criminal justice professionals.


    • Identify technologies used at the field experience agency.

    • Describe technologies that increase agency effectiveness.

    Criminal Justice Challenges

    • Identify challenges the field experience agency is facing.

    • Describe challenges facing criminal justice leaders.

    • Explain barriers for criminal justice agencies in the future.

    • Explain opportunities for criminal justice agencies in the future.

    Experience and Career Planning

    • Examine personal growth and professional development based on the field experience.

    • Assess how the field experience has affected motivation to work in the criminal justice administration field.

    Field Experience Preparation

    • Describe the goals of field experience.

    • Explain the role of the field experience student.

    • Develop field experience learning goals.

    • Describe why field experience is an important aspect of professional development.
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    Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.