A Criminal Justice bachelor's degree from College of the Ozarks prepares a student to compete for professional positions within a wide range of government and private justice-related agencies by providing a comprehensive education that includes core and collateral courses along with a specific field of study within the two following emphases:
Criminal Justice majors have the opportunity to participate in field trips to prisons, jails, law enforcement agencies, and other justice system sites and facilities. In their junior and senior years a student may participate in the Criminal Justice Internship program, in which students are assigned duties in a criminal justice agency for academic credit.
A Criminal Justice bachelor's degree from College of the Ozarks is valued and respected by a wide range of agencies in the Midwest and beyond. The Criminal Justice program frequently receives calls from former students relating how well their educational experience from College of the Ozarks prepared them for their career. There are a number of graduates who are either in law school, working for a law enforcement agency or juvenile delinquency agency, or in one of many other criminal justice related career fields.
Title: Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Education: B.S., College of the Ozarks, 1997; M.A., Webster University, 2006
Mr. David Vogt serves as an associate professor of criminal justice at College of the Ozarks. After receiving his B.S. in Administration of Justice from College of the Ozarks, Mr. Vogt spent the next 9 ½ years serving as a Police Officer for the Marshall, MO and Springfield, MO, police departments. While at Springfield PD, Mr. Vogt was a patrolman, a major crimes investigator, and acting Sgt. of the DWI unit. Mr. Vogt earned his M.A. from Webster University in 2006 and started teaching at C of O that same year.
Education: A.A., Orange Coast College, 1993; B.A., California State University, 1996; M.A., California State University, 2000; A.S., Community College of the Air Force, 2014; A.A. Community College of the Air Force, 2017; D.B.A., Northcentral University, 2021
Dr. Lloyd Nguyen serves as an associate professor of criminal justice at the College of the Ozarks. Dr. Nguyen served 27 years in law enforcement (1996-2023) with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California. Within 27 years, Dr. Nguyen worked various assignments, including corrections, gang task force, patrol operations, statewide inmate transportation (state prisons/death row), and airport police services (John Wayne Airport). Dr. Nguyen was promoted through the ranks as a corrections and patrol sergeant, watch commander (lieutenant) in corrections, and retired as an administrative captain for the largest jail in Orange County, California. In addition to law enforcement, Dr. Nguyen served four years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps (1988-1992) with a combat tour in the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm). Dr. Nguyen served another 11 years in the United States Air Force Reserve (2009-2020) and separated at the rank of Master Sergeant (E-7) while working with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Nguyen earned his DBA (doctorate) from Northcentral University in 2021 in Homeland Security, Leadership and Policy.
My educational focus for the Criminal Justice Program at the College of the Ozarks mirrors CofO’s Criminal Justice Department’s objectives, which are for students to:
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