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Criminal Justice Security - Loss Prevention Specialist - Associate in Applied Arts

If you are interested in a career as a Loss Prevention Specialist and want a degree with the option of transferring to obtain a bachelor’s degree, the Associate in Applied Arts might be for you. 

Loss prevention is a critical part of the security industry in that it helps retailers keep costs low and helps preserve the health of individual stores and chains.

Working in loss prevention is an excellent way to break into a criminology career, providing great opportunities to gain valuable experience that will translate well into other fields, such as law enforcement.

The job of a loss prevention specialist often includes monitoring shoppers, safely apprehending and detaining suspected shoplifters, writing reports, planning investigations and stings and using surveillance and radio equipment.

If you have a clean record, enjoy working with people and have an affinity for the retail industry, and if you understand and appreciate the problem that retail theft causes, a job in loss prevention may be perfect for you.

About the program

When the program is successfully completed, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in security/loss prevention. An Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Security will help you stand out among other applicants and can be a starting point for a management position. It can also be a starting point for those looking to advance their career with a bachelor’s degree, making someone more marketable in the field.

Some positions that students completing this program have had are:

  • Loss prevention detective
  • Private investigation employee
  • Loss prevention manager

Job outlook

As retail theft continues to be a major source of lost revenue for stores, the need for loss prevention specialists will continue. Growth is largely tied to growth in the retail industry.

Jobs in the field are expected to grow by five percent from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There is potential for advancement in the field, and with training and experience, loss prevention managers can earn up to $50,000 annually.

What students are saying

“The most important thing I have learned from my Delta instructors is the huge scope of security. I never had stopped to think about everything that could fall under the umbrella of security.” -- Jeffrey Clauss, former student

Find out more

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Gregory A. Teter
Associate Professor
989-686-9253; Office G-124

Criminal Justice Security - Loss Prevention Specialist - Associate in Applied Arts

Program Code: AAA.25723

The Delta College Criminal Justice program is designed to give you specialized knowledge of the criminal justice field combined with a broad general educational background. The program offers theoretical, practical, and technical instruction designed to meet an ever-increasing demand and continuous upgrading of personnel by law enforcement agencies. As a graduate of this program, depending on the option chosen, you would be prepared to seek employment as a police officer, corrections officer, conservation officer, public safety dispatcher, juvenile officer, private security, or prepare for careers in probation/parole/courts, federal government, CSI, detective, pre-law and many other related careers.

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR ______________
COM 114W(3)Interpersonal Communication OR ______________
COM 222(3)Introduction to Acting ______________
CST 133W4Computer Concepts & Competencies ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
OR ______________
ENG ---(3)Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
ENG 113(3)Technical Communication ______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course ______________
OAT 1702Keyboarding ______________
POL 103W3American Politics OR ______________
POL 104W(4)American Politics with Project OR ______________
POL 212W(3)State and Local Governments ______________
PSY 211W4General Psychology ______________
SOC 211W3Principles of Sociology ______________
SOC 215W3Sociology of Minority Groups ______________

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ACC 2114Principles of Financial Accounting ______________
CJ 110W3Introduction to Criminal Justice ______________
CJ 182W3Introduction to Security ______________
CJ 187W3Current Issues in Security ______________
CJ 211W3Private Security and Investigative Methods ______________
CJ 215W3Introduction to Homeland Security ______________
CJ 271W3Criminal Law ______________
LWT 1651HeartSaver First Aid with CPR ______________
MGT 251W3Business Law I ______________
--- ---5/6General Electives ______________

62Total Credits Required


1 - If proficiency can be demonstrated in computer competencies, additional electives may be substituted.
2 - Employment within the Criminal Justice field may be delayed or denied depending on a history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors, and/or involving controlled substances.
3 - Keyboarding waiver test is available for OAT 170. Contact the BIT Division office, 989-686-9127, to arrange for waiver test.
4 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all core courses. (Excluding LWT 165 and general electives)

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