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Criminal Justice


Revised: Effective Semester — Spring 2011

The A.A.S. in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for careers within the criminal justice system.  The program offers a combination of liberal arts and specialized career courses to help students upon entry into the criminal justice field.  The curriculum is offered for those already employed in the criminal justice profession as well as for high school students interested in pursuing careers with local, state or private agencies within the field.  Students are encouraged to seek assistance from criminal justice faculty in making course selections to fit their career goals and interests.  Those students interested in transferring to obtain a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university should consult advisers regarding our A.A. degree in General Studies.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses    
English foundation  3
Mathematics foundation 3
Speech foundation 3
Health foundation 2
Distribution Courses    
Arts or humanities distribution 3
PY 102 General Psychology  3
  Natural science distribution with lab 4
Program Requirements
CJ 110 Administration of Justice 3
CJ 111   or   CJ 230 Introduction to Law Enforcement   OR   Introduction to Corrections 3
CJ 215 Organization and Administration 3
CJ 221 Criminal Law 3
CJ 242 Theory and Practice 3
CJ 244 Contemporary Issues 3
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
PS 101 American Government 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  CJ or behavioral/social science elective 3
  CJ electives 6
  Elective 3
Total credit hours  60

* Choose elective if student places out of EN 101


Program Outcomes for the Criminal Justice A.A.S.

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding the criminal justice process (police, courts, and corrections).
  • Explain the functions and role of various criminal justice practitioners in the operation of an ethical and professional system of justice that exists within a diverse society.
  • Explore problems associated with effecting justice in a diverse and stratified society.
  • Analyze the history, functions, policies, and procedures used in each subsystem of justice and to creatively offer alternatives to current practices.
  • Understand differences between the American system of justice and systems in other countries.
  • Analyze principles and understand the philosophical underpinnings of Criminal Law and the rules of evidence.
  • Meet, in addition to discipline goals, the following general education goals prior to graduation: improve reading, writing, critical thinking, discussion and speaking skills, mathematical reasoning, analysis and problem solving; and the ability to access, evaluate, and apply information.

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Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements

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