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Criminal Justice


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.

First Semester
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing*
CCJS 110 Administration of Justice (BSSD) 3
SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology (BSSD) 3
Mathematics foundation 3
Speech foundation 3
Second Semester
PSYC 102 General Psychology
CCJS 201 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CCJS 230 Introduction to Corrections 3
CCJS 221  Criminal Law 3
Arts or humanities distribution  3
 English foundation
Third Semester
POLI 101
American Government 3
CCJS 215 Organization and Administration
Health foundation 2
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
CCJS elective† 3
Fourth Semester
CCJS 242 Theory and Practice 3
CCJS or behavioral and social science elective † 3
CCJS 244 Contemporary Issues 3
CCJS elective† 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 60

*   ENGL 101, if needed, for ENGL 102/103 or general elective.
†  CCJS electives include CCJS 211, CCJS 216, CCJS 222, CCJS 232, CCJS 246, CCJS 250, and CCJS 255.
Students can also use CCJS 201 or CCJS 230 as a CCJS elective if not already used to satisfy a program requirement.

  Program Outcomes for the Criminal Justice AAS

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.
  • Analyze the history, functions, policies, and procedures used in each subsystem of justice and to creatively offer alternatives to current practices.
  • Explain the impact of political and economic considerations as it relates to criminal justice theory,research, practiced and policy..

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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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